Although Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month just ended, it’s easy to experience APA arts and culture throughout the year. Professor Timothy Yu posted a terrific list of Asian Pacific American/Canadian fiction (all published pre-1990) and I’m looking forward to making my way through this list; I can personally recommend the works of Carlos Bulosan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa, and Bharati Mukherjee.
Here are a five more that I would add to the list of recommended books about the Asian-Pacific Islander experience. I’ve included a few non-fiction titles as well and linked to the Goodreads pages.
1. Big Little Man Eye-opening look at the perceptions and experiences of APA men, especially Filipinos.
2. Ghost Month Murder mystery set in Taiwan’s night markets.
3. Everything I Never Told You Coming-of-age mystery set in 70s middle America.
4. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker Thought-provoking collection of essays by former White House speechwriter Eric Liu.
5. American Born Chinese Outstanding graphic novel of the immigrant experience.