In a recent virtual book talk  on the Asian American experience, renowned writers Cathy Park Hong,  Kevin Nguyen and Mira Jacob, joked about the white author portrayal of Asian AmericansThe characters are the same: “woke-ness was the destination and overcoming racism was the plot line.”

Luckily, we have seen a “renaissance” of Asian American literature in recent years. The “renaissance” goes beyond the homogenization of Asian American experiences and immigrant stories. 

Curious but not sure where to start? Here is a list of recommended nonfiction books by celebrated Asian American writers. They capture their diverse experiences and identities. 

With extra time at hand due to self-quarantine, now is the perfect time to read for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!



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Coco Xu