5 Essential Reads On What It’s Like To Be Asian In America


From a fictional story about four Chinese best friends to a graphic novel about Vietnamese immigrants, find something that resonates

With the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S., it’s essential to understand stories of past discrimination and acknowledge the contributions members of this community have made to society. We compiled a list of relevant books to add to your shelves…

‘Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations’ by Mira Jacob

Jacob’s emotional, often humorous, graphic memoir takes readers on her journey as a first-generation American. Good Talk dives into many of the difficult conversations surrounding love, sex, family, and race, that are unavoidable to have with your children. A great read for many going through hard times as an immigrant.

Buy Here: $19

‘The Making of Asian America: A History’ by Erika Lee

A powerful and timely story, this book tells a comprehensive history of Asian Americans and their role in American life. Covering 50 years’ worth of events, Lee aims to document the work of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants, so their hard work is remembered.

Buy Here: $18

‘The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir’ by Thi Bui

In this national bestseller, Bui shares the hardships her family faced as they fled Vietnam, looking to build a better life in America. Told in the form of a graphic novel, the book illustrates her family’s long and painful journey in search of a more prosperous future.

Buy Here: $16

‘The Joy Luck Club: A Novel,’ by Amy Tran

A New York Times Bestseller, Tran tells a story of four Chinese women who have made San Francisco their new home. It’s a beautiful story about friendship. Rather than stand by themselves, the women support each other through difficult times.

Buy Here: $10

‘Clay Walls’ by Kim Ronyoung

Escaping a Japanese-invaded Korea, this story follows a Korean family fleeing away and finding a new home in Los Angeles. It’s a portrait of the social and cultural situation Korean immigrants faced in the early 20th century.

Buy Here: $20

Writing and reporting by intern Bryan Tenecela.

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