9 Books by Asian Americans You Should Read in College

9 Books by Asian Americans You Should Read in College

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and with the increasing hostility and violence toward Asian Americans, many are eager to learn and educate others about Asian American experiences, while striving to recognize this group’s historical, cultural, and literary contributions.

In just the past couple of months, two deadly mass shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis claimed the lives of several innocent Asian Americans. These tragic events shifted the conversation about race and highlighted long-standing stereotypes and attitudes held toward Asian Americans, including the model minority myth and the questionable use of the umbrella term “Asian American” as a monolithic label.

As daily reports of violence against Asian Americans persist, and activists call for government officials to #StopAsianHate, this year’s tragedies have revealed the ongoing struggle of Asian Americans to claim an identity that reflects the diverse experiences of Asian communities around the world.

At the same time, we celebrate Chloé Zhao, the first Asian woman to win an Academy Award for best director for her movie “Nomadland,” a significant accomplishment for both women and the Asian community.

As representation of Asian cultural experiences diversifies, we must take advantage of more opportunities to acknowledge the harmful stereotypes embedded within mainstream American culture and work to understand our unique differences.

One important way people, including college students, can expand their thinking is by exploring contemporary works of Asian American authors. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here are nine notable books by Asian American authors that all college students should read to expand their awareness and understanding of different Asian American experiences.

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