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You're going to need a bigger bookshelf. For the purpose of this post, "Asian-American" refers to Americans or those who identify as American of any Asian descent. Alexander Chee is an essayist and the author of the novel Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night.
A moving story about the simple event of fishing and the relationship between father and son. Before starting his long workday, a father brings his son to a small Minneapolis pond to fish for enough food to feed their family for the day while sharing stories about their homeland of Vietnam. In this perfect bedtime story, a mother tries to put her baby to sleep, but the sounds of nearby animals keep disturbing them.
To be queer and Asian is both a singular and collective experience. Our bodies become a reclamation in reconciling self-identity with communities that can, oftentimes, feel like they are against us. How do we exist?
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I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did. Some of these books are written for adults while others are YA. In both genres, I feel like these authors did a wonderful job with explaining the nuanced experience of being first or second generation born in American.
In honor of the holiday, here are 25 books from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors that you should include on your reading list, from prize-winning fiction to graphic novels, essays, and memoirs. When Nguyen was 10 years old, he saw the film Apocalypse Nowan American drama about the Vietnam War, and realized that not many stories about the war came from the perspective of the Vietnamese people. In The Sympathizerthe unnamed narrator is a South Vietnamese military aid working as a spy for the communist North Vietnamese. Born to a French father and Vietnamese mother, this unnamed spy was educated in America, but has returned to his home country to fight for the communist cause.
Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi were sitting in a hammock at a big, Filipino family gathering. Surrounded by food, love, and comradery, the two friends came to a realization: We need this in our literary lives.
Currently, there are over 20 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent living in the U. Her debut short story collection, Home Remediestakes place in both the U. These stories turn the immigrant narrative on its head, imbuing it with the culture and verisimilitude of the young. Younghill Kang has been called the father of Korean American literature and this re-publication of his classic needs to be read.