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.
- "It’s a Myth That Asian-Americans Are Doing Well in the Pandemic," Amy Yee, Scientific American
- "How American Mythologies Fuel Anti-Asian Violence," Michael Krause, Yale Insights
- "The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence," Hua Hsu, The New Yorker
- "An American Dream, Tarnished," Julia Rothman and Shiana Feinberg, The New York Times
- "Losing generation of activists who fought racism proves need for Asian American studies," Claire Wang, NBC News
- "Foreigners in their own country: Asian Americans at State Department confront discrimination," Ryan Heath, Politico
- "Be an Ally: How to Help Fight Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia," Warren Liu, Boston University
- 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
- 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