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150+ (more) books by Asian American authors

Earlier this week, I let people know that I’m working on a thesis project about writing about Asian Americans. It’s still really early, so I’ll hold off on sharing specific details for now, but I do want to document/share my process as it unfolds.

To start my project, I needed to develop a reading list of books by Asian American authors, and I asked people for recommendations via Twitter and Bookstagram, and I got a ton of responses.

I’m actively seeking out writing by non East Asians, and I would be particularly interested in hearing from/of anyone who has done writing on the ways that they are not included in typical ‘Asian American’ discourse.

Here’s the list! Feel free to comment any other recommendations below!

TitleAuthorAdditional AuthorsNumber of PagesOriginal Publication Year
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other AstonishmentsAimee NezhukumatathilFumi Nakamura1652020
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s FortunesAlbert Samaha4002021
Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian SelfAlex Tizon2722014
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: EssaysAlexander Chee2772018
Days of DistractionAlexandra Chang3122020
Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s LifeAlice Wong4002022
Snow in Vietnam: A NovelAmy M. Le407
WatercressAndrea WangJason Chin322021
Birds of Paradise LostAndrew Lam2162012
Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of VietnamAndrew X. Pham3521999
Miracle CreekAngie Kim3552019
Boys I KnowAnna Gracia3522022
Made in China: A Memoir of Love and LaborAnna Qu2242021
The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of RaceAnthony Christian Ocampo2722016
Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant SonsAnthony Christian Ocampo240
AfterpartiesAnthony Veasna So2722021
Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and HomecomingAva Chin384
Pioneer GirlBich Minh Nguyen2962014
The Grave on the WallBrandon Shimoda2222018
How Much of These Hills Is GoldC Pam Zhang2882020
My Life: Growing Up Asian in AmericaCAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)SuChin Pak2562022
America Is in the Heart: A Personal HistoryCarlos BulosanCarey McWilliams3271946
The Fortunes of Jaded WomenCarolyn Huynh2722022
Asian American Histories of the United StatesCatherine Ceniza Choy2222022
Everything I Never Told YouCeleste Ng2972014
Little Fires EverywhereCeleste Ng3382017
Our Missing HeartsCeleste Ng3522022
My Year AbroadChang-rae Lee6722021
Native SpeakerChang-rae LeeDavid Colacci3491995
Interior ChinatownCharles Yu2882020
The UnpassingChia-Chia Lin2882019
Sky CountryChristine Kitano104
Malaya: Essays on FreedomCinelle Barnes1902019
A Place to BelongCynthia KadohataJulia Kuo4052019
Kira-KiraCynthia Kadohata2912004
Brown GirlsDaphne Palasi Andreades2092022
The Atlas of Reds and BluesDevi S. Laskar2582019
America Is Not the HeartElaine Castillo4082018
DisorientationElaine Hsieh Chou4032022
Mika in Real LifeEmiko Jean3842022
The Astonishing Color of AfterEmily X.R. Pan4622018
Things We Lost to the WaterEric Nguyen3042021
The Making of Asian America: A HistoryErika Lee5282015
The Collected Schizophrenias: EssaysEsmé Weijun Wang2082019
If I Had Your FaceFrances Cha2882020
WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime IncarcerationFrank AbeTamiko Nimura, Matt Sasaki, Ross Ishikawa1602021
Soft ScienceFranny Choi1002019
American Born ChineseGene Luen Yang2402006
Junglee GirlGinu Kamani2081995
Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent SelfGish Jen2242013
Portrait of a ThiefGrace D. Li3842022
Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American FamiliesGrace J. YooBarbara W. Kim2562014
The Body PapersGrace Talusan2722019
WaitingHa Jin3101999
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American PeopleHelen Zia3682000
Still Life With Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean GrandmotherHelie LeeHetie Lee3201996
TigerFish: A MemoirHoang Chi Truong2762017
Stay True: A MemoirHua Hsu2082022
A Hundred Other GirlsIman Hariri-Kia3042022
Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist BoyIra Sukrungruang1842010
The Many Daughters of Afong MoyJamie Ford3842022
The Loneliest AmericansJay Caspian Kang2722021
Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to NowJeff YangPhil Yu, Philip Wang4962022
StargazingJen Wang2242019
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1)Jenny Han3552014
Dial A for AuntiesJesse Q. Sutanto3022021
Interpreter of MaladiesJhumpa Lahiri1981999
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-DelusionJia Tolentino3032019
How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your ParentsJimmy O. Yang2402018
No-No BoyJohn Okada2601956
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented CitizenJose Antonio Vargas2562018
ObasanJoy Kogawa3201981
Not My White Savior: A Memoir in PoemsJulayne Lee128
The Buddha in the AtticJulie Otsuka1292011
The Donut TrapJulie Tieu3682021
BestiaryK-Ming Chang2592020
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family MemoirKao Kalia Yang2772008
I HotelKaren Tei YamashitaSina Grace, Leland Wong6132010
Front Desk (Front Desk, #1)Kelly Yang2982018
An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for MeritocracyKenny Xu2732021
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Kevin Kwan4032013
DisplacementKiku Hughes2832020
CounterfeitKirstin Chen2882022
The Fraud SquadKyla Zhao3682023
Win Me SomethingKyle Lucia Wu2722021
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-AmericanLaura Gao2722022
My Heart UnderwaterLaurel Flores Fantauzzo3202020
Lucie Yi Is Not a RomanticLauren Ho4162022
Free Food for MillionairesLee Min-jin5772007
No Good Very Bad AsianLeland Cheuk2402019
Prairie LotusLinda Sue Park2602020
Bliss MontageLing Ma2402022
SeveranceLing Ma2912018
Becoming AppalAsianLisa Kwong48
I Dream of PopoLivia BlackburneJulia Kuo402021
A Pho Love StoryLoan Le4152021
Wild Meat and the Bully BurgersLois-Ann Yamanaka3201996
Eat A Bowl Of TeaLouis Chu2561961
House of SticksLy Tran3682021
I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic MemoirMalaka Gharib1602019
SkimMariko TamakiJillian Tamaki1432008
Turning JapaneseMariNaomi2282016
Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai AmericaMark Padoongpatt2722017
Permanent RecordMary H.K. Choi4002019
Quiet OdysseyMary Paik LeeSucheng Chan2641990
The Woman WarriorMaxine Hong Kingston2041976
Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short StoriesMeng Jin2242022
Fairest: A MemoirMeredith Talusan3102020
In the CountryMia Alvar3472015
Reading with PatrickMichelle Kuo3202017
When Lola VisitsMichelle SterlingAaron Asis402021
Not Here to Be LikedMichelle Quach2021
Crying in H MartMichelle Zauner2422021
Good Talk: A Memoir in ConversationsMira Jacob3492019
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to DancingMira Jacob5122014
Imagine Us, The SwarmMuriel Leung1202021
All You Can Ever KnowNicole Chung2402018
Through Eyes Like MineNoriko Nakada2022010
A Village in the FieldsPatty Enrado3482015
UndergloomPrageeta Sharma882013
Beautiful CountryQian Julie Wang3202021
Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ RevolutionR.F. Kuang5452022
Patron Saints of NothingRandy Ribay3232019
Blame This on the BoogieRina Ayuyang200
Almost American GirlRobin Ha2392020
All My RageSabaa Tahir3842022
A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in AmericaShamita Das Dasgupta2561998
Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in AmericaSharmila Sen2242018
HomebaseShawn Wong1121973
We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin StorySimu Liu3202022
How to Pronounce Knife: StoriesSouvankham Thammavongsa1922020
Your House Will PaySteph Cha3042019
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex TraumaStephanie Foo3522022
Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern IndiaSujatha Gidla3202017
Contours Of The Heart: South Asians Map North-AmericaSunaina Maira2421996
White IvySusie Yang3542020
DicteeTheresa Hak Kyung Cha1791982
The Best We Could DoThi Bui3292017
Private CitizensTony Tulathimutte3722016
The Magic FishTrung Le Nguyen2562020
We Measure the Earth with Our BodiesTsering Yangzom Lama3682022
Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and GriefVictoria Chang1362021
The RefugeesViet Thanh Nguyen2092017
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of WarViet Thanh Nguyen3842018
The SympathizerViet Thanh Nguyen3712015
Build Your House Around My BodyViolet Kupersmith4002021
Joan Is OkayWeike Wang2242022
Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian DiasporaWomen of South Asian Descent CollectiveWomen’s Society of Asian Descent3801993
Home RemediesXuan Juliana Wang2562019
East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental YankeeYounghill Kang4251937

Asian Authors to check out:

Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Alex Kuo
Arthur Sze
Bill Hing
Cathy Park Hong
Chang-Rae Lee
Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Christina Soontornvat
David Henry Hwang
David Mura
Don Lee
Emily Jungmin Yoon
Fay Mayenne Ng
Gish Jen
Hannah Bae
Helen Zia
Iris Chang
Jade Snow Wong
Jeff Yang
Jenna Le
Jennifer Chang
Jennifer S. Cheng
Jhumpa Lahiri
Jimin Han
Josephine Park
Judy Fong Bates
Judy Yung
Kao Kalia Yang
Kimiko Hahn
Li-Young Lee
Mai Der Vang
Marilyn Chin
Matthew Salesses
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
Michael Ondaatje
Monica Ong
Ocean Vuong
Rick Barot
Ronald Takaki
Sonali Dev
Tara Zambrano
Trinidad Escobar
Victoria Chang
Wendy Xu

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