The year in Asian American & Pacific Islander fiction

Each May, in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we take a look at the past year’s novels and short stories from AAPI authors. You’ll find the full list of recent AAPI fiction here. To get you started, here are some highlights from this year’s list:

The Family Chao, by Lan Samantha Chang. When Big Leo – founder of Fine Chao, the best Chinese food in Haven, Wisconsin – dies under mysterious circumstances, suspicion falls on his three variosly assimilated sons, James, Ming and Dagou, in a perceptive and poignant Chinese-American rendition of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

Nuclear Family, by Joseph Han. What – or who – possessed Korean Hawaiian Jacob Cho to attempt to cross over into North Korea? Back home at their Honolulu plate lunch restaurant, rumors fly that he must be a spy – a suspicion that seems all too true when on January 13, 2018, sirens suddenly blare, (falsely) alerting the island to a rain of incoming ballistic missiles.

Circa, by Devi S. Laskar.  Coming of age in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bengali-American teenager Heera Sanyal feels the American Dream slip from her grasp when her best friend is killed by a drunk driver, leaving her both trapped and solaced by the clasp of her family’s traditions. Continue reading “The year in Asian American & Pacific Islander fiction”

#BookBingoNW2021 Asian American & Pacific Islander

There are so many great options for your #BookBingoNW2021 AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) square! Here are a few to get you started, and you’ll find many more on our latest AAPI Fiction Booklist.

The City of Good Death, by Priyanka Chapaneri. Banaras on the banks of the Ganges is esteemed a good place to truly die, never to be reborn, but when the ghost of Pramesh’s cousin Sagar returns to haunt the living, it is clear that his was not a good death at all.

House of Many Gods, by Kiana Davenport. When troubled Russian filmmaker Nikolai arrives in on Kauai, Dr. Ana Kapakahi finds her world expanding into new emotional territory, even as her once remote island home is threatened from without. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2021 Asian American & Pacific Islander”

PNW Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors

Image of Tweet from Nicole Chung: work by Asian American writers is always timely

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month, but as author Nicole Chung noted, “work by Asian American writers is always timely.” The library has created some fantastic lists celebrating Asian American writers and artists for all ages to explore, but I wanted to call attention to some Pacific Northwest Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and books to explore this May and beyond.

Book cover image for My Forgotten Seattle

Current Library Board member Ron Chew served as the editor for the International Examiner, the Asian American community paper, for more than a decade, but as Carey Quan Gelernter says in the introduction to Chew’s memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, when asked 25-years-prior whether Gelernter could write a profile on him Chew was reticent: “He protested that he wasn’t interesting, or important, enough.” Thank goodness Chew later consented to be interviewed, mainly out of his commitment to sharing the good work of the Wing Luke Museum. We are all the more fortunate that years later Chew decided to pen a memoir imparting the depth of knowledge he had to share on his years as an activist and storyteller in Seattle. My Unforgotten Seattle is steeped in history and a deep connection with the Asian American community whose lives and stories Chew reveals with appreciation and care. Continue reading “PNW Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors”

2021 Fiction by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors

Looking for captivating new titles to enjoy as we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month this May? Here are ten varied works of fiction by AAPI authors published so far this year.

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