Growing up, I saw very few books featuring Asian characters or Asian cultures. There was “Night of the Ninjas” from the Magic Tree House series, and Cho Chang in “Harry Potter.” But they never resonated with me. 

It is a shame that many children cannot see themselves represented in literature. Even worse, when authors try to incorporate representation, they often resort to stereotypes. This does more harm than good. 

Authors from underrepresented groups are remedying this issue with the #OwnVoices movement. This term, coined by Corinna Duyvis, refers to an author from an under-represented group writing about their own experiences. 

As an avid reader of Chinese heritage, it is a joy for me to see more representation in the publishing industry. 

Here are some acclaimed books either by Chinese authors, that feature Chinese culture or have characters of ethnic Chinese descent.



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Vivien Cheng

Vivien Cheng is a student pursuing a B.A. in Mandarin and a minor in international relations. She hopes to aid in policy-making.