Asian American writers you SHOULD be reading because we are having a moment right now!
There are literally just some great Asian American authors. Please read them then talk to us about them.
No book listicle is complete without Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, the heartbreaking chronicle of four friends and a testament to surviving trauma. But don’t overlook Yanagihara’s other novel: People in the Trees, equally as challenging and ambitious, about the fatal consequences of cultures colliding. Features immortals?! Anthropology! Moral ambiguity!
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is by all accounts the definitive history of the beginnings of hip hop. Chang follows the origins of the genre from 1960’s Kingston, Jamaica to the Bronx in the 70s to the turn of the century. He is VERY thorough.
Beautifully illustrated, Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do does for the Vietnam War what Maus did for the Holocaust. She interviews her parents about the reality of being an average civilian in the crossfire of world powers. A book about family and how the raging anxiety of war can torture generations to come.