List #2 – When you want to support the AAPI Community through books

📚 Curated by: Kim Saira

We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the AAPI Community. We wanted to highlight a book list that was created by Kim Saira (@kimsaira on IG). For more information about supporting this community be sure to follow her page.

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

“[Fatimah] Asghar interrogates divisions along lines of nationality, age, and gender, illuminating the forces by which identity is fixed or flexible.”—The New Yorker

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

“So many factors—gender, race, religion, class—may determine where you come down on the surrogacy debate. . . . Ramos plays with many of these notions in her debut novel, The Farm, which imagines what might happen were surrogacy taken to its high-capitalist extreme. . . . The stage is set for lively book chat.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

“Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.” -Dear Girls

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

“From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.” -Interior Chinatown

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

“I opened Know My Name with the intention to bear witness to the story of a survivor. Instead, I found myself falling into the hands of one of the great writers and thinkers of our time. Chanel Miller is a philosopher, a cultural critic, a deep observer, a writer’s writer, a true artist. I could not put this phenomenal book down.” – Glennon Doyle

In The Country by Mia Alvar

” These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere – and sometimes turning back again. ” – In The Country

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

“Acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior broke new ground when it was first published 35 years ago, weaving autobiography, history, folklore, and fantasy in to a candid and revelatory story about the daughter of Chinese immigrants in mid-20th century California. ” – The Woman Warrior

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

“A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human” – Minor Feelings

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