Reading books by Asian and Pacific Islander authors should be something we strive to do all year long. May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and it is a great time to add some titles to your bookshelves.
This list is only a jumping-off point to help broaden your perspective and your reading list. There is a lot of variety here, and I hope you will find and enjoy a new book!
If you’re interested in taking direct action to support Asian and Pacific Islanders’ rights and culture, we recommend checking out this list on Global Citizen of 9 Groups Fighting for Asian Americans That You Can Support Right Now. Don’t forget to do your diligence and support groups local to you if possible.
Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
White Ivy by Susie Yang
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
Bangkok Wakes To Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Little Gods by Meng Jin
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi
Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park
Severance by Ling Ma
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania.