• The Chinese and the iron road : building the transcontinental railroad
    Summary: "This landmark volume shines new light on the Chinese railroad workers and their place in cultural memory. The Chinese and the Iron Road illuminates more fully than ever before the interconnected economies of China and the US, how immigration across the Pacific changed both nations, the dynamics of the racism the workers encountered, the conditions under which they labored, and their role in shaping both the history of the railroad and the development of the American West."

  • Flashpoints for Asian American studies
    Summary:"Emerging from mid-century social movements, Civil Rights Era formations, and anti-war protests, Asian American studies is now an established field of transnational inquiry, diasporic engagement, and rights activism."

  • Araki-Kawaguchi, Kiik
    The book of Kane and Margaret : a novel
    Summary:"More like a tapestry than a traditional novel, The Book of Kane and Margaret by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi blends magical elements with stories based on the oral narratives of the author’s grandparents and their experiences during the 1940s at the Tulare Assembly Center and the Gila River War Relocation Center, two WWII relocation camps in Arizona."

  • Bald, Vivek.
    Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America
    Contents:Introduction : lost in migration — Out of the East and into the South — Between “Hindoo” and “Negro” — From ships’ holds to factory floors — The travels and transformations of Amir Haider Khan — Bengali Harlem — The life and times of a multiracial community — Conclusion : lost futures.

  • Cahan, Richard
    Un-American : the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II
    Summary:
    "In the spring of 1942, the United States rounded up 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast and sent them to interment camps for the duration of World War II. Many abandoned their land. Many gave up their personal property. Each one of them lost a part of their lives. Amazingly, the government hired famed photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others to document the expulsion."



  • Chang, Alexandra
    Days of distraction : a novel
    Summary:"As a staff writer at a prestigious tech publication, she reports on the achievements of smug Silicon Valley billionaires and start-up bros while her own request for a raise gets bumped from manager to manager. And when her longtime boyfriend, J, decides to move to a quiet upstate New York town for grad school, she sees an excuse to cut and run. Moving is supposed to be a grand gesture of her commitment to J and a way to reshape her sense of self. But in the process, she finds herself facing misgivings about her role in an interracial relationship. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: What does it mean to exist in a society that does not notice or understand you?"

  • Chen, Chen
    When I grow up I want to be a list of further possibilities
    Summary:"In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family — the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes — all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love."

  • Chen, Te-Ping
    Land of big numbers
    Summary:"A debut story collection offering a kaleidoscopic portrait of life for contemporary Chinese people, set between China and the United States."

  • Chung, Nicole
    All you can ever know : a memoir
    Summary:"Chung investigates the mysteries and complexities of her transracial adoption in this chronicle of unexpected family for anyone who has struggled to figure out where they belong."

  • Deb, Sopan
    Missed translations : meeting the immigrant parents who raised me
    Summary:"As it beautifully and poignantly chronicles Deb’s odyssey, Missed Translations raises questions essential to us all: Is it ever too late to pick up the pieces and offer forgiveness? How do we build bridges where there was nothing before–and what happens to us, to our past and our future, if we don’t?"

  • Eng, David L.
    Racial melancholia, racial dissociation : on the social and psychic lives of Asian Americans
    Contents: Introduction: the history of the (racial) subject and the subject of (racial) history — Racial melancholia : model minorities, depression, and suicide — Desegregating love : transnational adoption, racial reparation, and racial transitional objects — Racial dissociation : parachute children and psychic nowhere — (Gay) panic attack : coming out in a colorblind age — Epilogue.

  • Han, Chenxing
    Be the refuge : raising the voices of Asian American Buddhists
    Summary:"Despite the fact that two thirds of U.S. Buddhists identify as Asian American, mainstream perceptions about what it means to be Buddhist in America often whitewash and invisibilize the diverse, inclusive, and intersectional communities that lie at the heart of American Buddhism."

  • Hoang, Haivan V.
    Writing against racial injury : the politics of Asian American student rhetoric
    Summary:"What emerged in the Asian American movement was a recurrent theme in U.S. history: conflicts over language and literacy difference masked wider racial tensions. Bringing together language and literacy studies, Asian American history and rhetoric, and critical race theory…"

  • Hong, Cathy Park
    Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning
    Summary:"Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong…[blends] memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America…With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and artmaking, and to family and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche–and of a writer’s search to both uncover and speak the truth."

  • Ishizuka, Karen L.
    Serve the people : making Asian America in the sixties
    Summary:"The story of the social and cultural movement that knit..disparate communities into a political identity. Serve the People paints a panoramic landscape of a radical time."

  • Jin, Ha
    Boat rocker : a novel
    Summary:"Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency…A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force."

  • Lahiri, Jhumpa.
    Unaccustomed earth
    Contents: Bengali Americans — Fiction
    Unaccustomed earth — Hell-heaven — A choice of accommodations — Only goodness — Nobody’s business — Hema and Kaushik — Once in a lifetime — Year’s end — Going ashore.

  • Lee, Chang-rae
    My year abroad
    Summary:"Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself."


  • Lee, Erika
    The making of Asian America : a history
    Summary:"…An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States…this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans…a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today."


  • Lee, Min Jin
    Pachinko
    Summary:"Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."

  • Lopez, Lori Kido.
    Asian American media activism : fighting for cultural citizenship
    Contents:Introduction: the role of Asian American media activism — The limits of assimilationism within traditional media activism — Leveraging media policy for representational change — Social change through the Asian American market — Asian American YouTube celebrities creating popular culture networks — Utilizing skills and passion to spread online activism — Conclusion: producing citizenship through activism.

  • Matsuda, Matt K.
    Pacific worlds : a history of seas, peoples, and cultures
    Summary:…The author ranges across the frontiers of colonial history, anthropology and Pacific Rim economics and politics, piecing together a history of the region. The book identifies and draws together the defining threads and extraordinary personal narratives which have contributed to this history…Drawing on Asian, Oceanian, European, American, ancient and modern narratives, the author assembles a Pacific region from a global perspective."


  • Ng, Celeste.
    Everything I never told you
    Summary:"Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. A profoundly moving story…exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family…"


  • Pearson, Bradford
    The Eagles of Heart Mountain : a true story of football, incarceration, and resistance in World War II America
    Summary:"In the summer of 1942, the federal government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to incarceration camps across the West. Eleven thousand of them landed on the outskirts of the Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming, at the base of Heart Mountain…The Eagles of Heart Mountain is a book about a football team, yes. And it’s more than that: it’s about a group of people wronged by their government standing up and saying ‘Enough.’"


  • Phi, Bao
    Thousand star hotel
    Summary:"Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor."


  • Sen, Sharmila
    Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America
    Summary:"A first-generation immigrant’s…intimate, passionate look at race in America…an American’s journey into the heart of not-whiteness…After [Sharmila’s] teen years trying to assimilate–watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-bake desserts–she is forced to reckon with the hard questions: What does it mean to be white, why does whiteness retain the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness? Part memoir, part manifesto, Not Quite Not White is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation –a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American".

  • Tan, Amy.
    The bonesetter’s daughter
    Summary:This poignant mother-daughter story is set in San Francisco and a Chinese village.

  • Wu, Ellen D.
    The color of success : Asian Americans and the origins of the model minority
    Summary:"By charting the emergence of the model minority stereotype, The Color of Success reveals that this far-reaching, politically charged process continues to have profound implications for how Americans understand race, opportunity, and nationhood."


  • Yamashita, Karen Tei
    I Hotel : [a novel]
    Summary:"Beginning in 1968, a motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs from San Francisco’s Chinatown make their way through the history of the day, becoming caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil that culminate in their effort to save the International Hotel–epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement."

  • Yang, Kao Kalia
    The song poet : a memoir of my father
    Summary:"From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America…The Song Poet is a love story–of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost."


  • Yu, Charles
    Interior Chinatown : a novel
    Summary:"From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play."

  • Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times
    Summary:"A collection of letters–to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged–written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists."