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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Reading List

This guide provides resources in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrated each May.


The Night Diary

The Thing about Luck

The Joy Luck Club

Interpreter of Maladies

A Little Life

War Trash



Little Fires Everywhere : A Novel

M. Butterfly

Kira - Kira

Typical American

The Holder of the World

Unaccustomed Earth

The Lowland

The Valley of Amazement

The Surrendered

River of Heaven

The Namesake

The Kitchen God's Wife

The Crazed

The City in Which I Love You

A Free Life

Out of India


Imprisoned Apart: The World War II Correspondence of an Issei Couple

Virtual Homelands: Indian Immigrants and Online Cultures in the United States

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Growing up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South

Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America

Begin Here: Reading Asian North American Autobiographies of Childhood

Writing from These Roots: Literacy in a Hmong-American Community

China Men

A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

Second-Generation Korean Americans: The Struggle for Full Inclusion

Pacific Citizens : Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II ERA

In Defense of Justice: Joseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality

Negotiating Ethnicity: Second-Generation South Asians Traverse a Transnational World

Islanders in the Empire

In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West

I Respectfully Dissent: A Biography of Edward H. Nakamura

Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans

Yellow Power, Yellow Soul

Diversity in Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Common Ground: The Japanese American National Museum and the Culture of Collaborations

Ancestry of Experience: A Journey into Hawaiian Way of Knowing

After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics