March 26, 2021

A Short Reading List on the AAPI Experience

We know many in the AAPI community are in shock after the violent attack in Atlanta earlier this month. It comes after a year of increased rhetoric and violence against AAPI communities since before the pandemic began, and is an intensification of a phenomenon that has happened for a long time.

We felt it was best, at this point, for us to take a step back, and share a reading list: of articles that examine how the events of the past year have affected the AAPI community; of non-fiction books that explore the history and stories of AAPI communities; and of works of fiction that detail AAPI immigrant experiences.

We hope you find this list useful.


Non-Fiction Books

  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
  • The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  • Fred Korematsu Speaks Up byLaura Atkins

Fiction Books

  • Clay Walls by Kim Ronyoung
  • Passage West by Rishi Reddi
  • Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita
  • The Unknown Errors of Our Lives by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong