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Nisei Radicals: The Feminist Poetics and Transformative Ministry of Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780295748269
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Published: University of Washington Press - December 31st, 2020

Demanding liberation, advocating for the oppressed, and organizing for justice, siblings Mitsuye Yamada (1923-) and Michael Yasutake (1920-2001) rebelled against respectability and assimilation, charting their own paths for what it means to be Nisei.


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE • A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness


Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820360065
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Published: University of Georgia Press - April 15th, 2021

A move at age ten from a Detroit suburb to Chattanooga in 1984 thrusts Anjali Enjeti into what feels like a new world replete with Confederate flags, Bible verses, and whiteness. It is here that she learns how to get her bearings as a mixed-race brown girl in the Deep South and begins to understand how identity can inspire, inform, and shape a commitment to activism.


Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781469659138
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2020

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509097
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Published: One World - June 16th, 2020

An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • “In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
 


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 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.


Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984881601
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Published: Viking - April 20th, 2021

“Heart of Fire is a revelatory, evocative, deeply moving book.” —Washington Post

“A beautiful book.” —Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

The intimate and inspiring life story of Mazie Hirono, the first Asian-American woman and the only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate


World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

A New York Times Best Seller
Barnes & Noble 2020 Book of the Year
A Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
A Southern Book Prize Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2020
An Esquire Best Book of 2020
A BookPage Best Book of 2020
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020


Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Cover Image
By Shirley Hune (Editor), Gail M. Nomura (Editor)
$40.25
ISBN: 9781479877010
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Published: New York University Press - March 10th, 2020

An innovative anthology showcasing Asian American and Pacific Islander women's histories

Our Voices, Our Histories brings together thirty-five Asian American and Pacific Islander authors in a single volume to explore the historical experiences, perspectives, and actions of Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the United States and beyond.


The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679721888
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • With this book, the acclaimed author created an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis.


Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics (Decolonizing Feminisms) Cover Image
By Lynn Fujiwara (Editor), Shireen Roshanravan (Editor), Piya Chatterjee (Editor)
$34.50
ISBN: 9780295744353
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Published: University of Washington Press - November 21st, 2018

Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics brings together groundbreaking essays that speak to the relationship between Asian American feminisms, feminist of color work, and transnational feminist scholarship.


Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781551526003
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - November 3rd, 2015

Lambda Literary Award finalist


Besharam: On Love and Other Bad Behaviors Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641605076
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 20th, 2021

"Elias is bold, more-so she is inquisitive. . . . This book is pithy, it's smart.


The Making of Asian America: A History Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781476739410
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 16th, 2016

A “comprehensive…fascinating” (The New York Times Book Review) history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject, with a new afterword about the recent hate crimes against Asian Americans.

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the f


America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781541672611
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Published: Basic Books - June 15th, 2021

This definitive history of American xenophobia is "essential reading for anyone who wants to build a more inclusive society" (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist). The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia.


Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted Cover Image
By Gabrielle Deonath (Editor), Kamini Ramdeen (Editor)
$19.95
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ISBN: 9781645437161
Published: Mango and Marigold Press - March 2nd, 2021

Winter Pasture: One Woman's Journey with China's Kazakh Herders Cover Image
By Li Juan, Jack Hargreaves (Translated by), Yan Yan (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781662600333
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Published: Astra House - February 23rd, 2021

Named one of The Washington Post's Best Travel Books of 2021.
 
"Winter Pasture is Li Juan's crowning achievement, shattering the boundaries between nature writing and personal memoir."
—Smithsonian Magazine

"Li Juan spent minus-20-degree nights with nomadic herders in the Chinese steppes. You’ll want to join her."


How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632173645
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Published: Sasquatch Books - April 6th, 2021

"This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha's own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents--especially mothers--who raise them.”
—Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre


Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786633651
Published: Verso - April 27th, 2021

A feminist movement clashing with China’s authoritarian government. Featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days.


The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Washington State Book Award in Biography/Memoir

Named One of the Best Books by Asian American Writers by Oprah Daily


Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion Cover Image
By Piyali Bhattacharya (Editor)
$20.85
ISBN: 9781879960923
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Published: Aunt Lute Books - September 6th, 2016

Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. GOOD GIRLS MARRY DOCTORS is the first anthology that examines tiger parenting from the perspective of the daughter.


We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620972731
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Published: New Press - March 7th, 2017

Powerful...Iyer catalogues the toll that various forms of discrimination have taken and highlights the inspiring ways activists are fighting back. She] is an ideal chronicler of this experience.
--The Washington Post

NOW IN PAPERBACK The nationally renowned racial justice advocate's illumination of the ongoing persecution of a range of American minorities


Fairest: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525561323
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction
 
"Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review

"A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - April 17th, 2018

National bestseller
2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist
ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection
ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui
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Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai'i Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478006497
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Published: Duke University Press - November 8th, 2019

Many people first encounter Hawai'i through the imagination--a postcard picture of hula girls, lu'aus, and plenty of sun, surf, and sea. While Hawai'i is indeed beautiful, Native Hawaiians struggle with the problems brought about by colonialism, military occupation, tourism, food insecurity, high costs of living, and climate change.


The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520272590
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Published: University of California Press - May 31st, 2012

The Strategist's Best Books About Asian American Identity, New York Magazine 

The pioneering Asian American labor organizer and writer’s vision for intersectional and anti-racist activism.
 
In this powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America, shrew


They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

New York Times Bestseller!

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.


Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism Cover Image
By Nikki Khanna (Editor)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781479800292
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Published: New York University Press - March 10th, 2020

Heartfelt personal accounts from Asian American women on their experiences with skin color bias, from being labeled "too dark" to becoming empowered to challenge beauty standards


Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357677
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 28th, 2020

Finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

"A luminous biography." —Rafia Zakaria, Guardian


Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635574760
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

“The book I wish I’d had growing up.” —Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

Best Books of 2019: Esquire O, The Oprah Magazine Variety Lit Hub Book Riot Electric Literature Autostraddle
Finalist: NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Lambda Literary Award


Dictee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520261297
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Published: University of California Press - September 14th, 2009

Dictée is the best-known work of the versatile and important Korean American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. A classic work of autobiography that transcends the self, Dictée is the story of several women: the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha’s mother Hyung Soon Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself.


This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820357232
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Published: University of Georgia Press - June 1st, 2020

In the linked essays that make up her debut collection, This Is One Way to Dance, Sejal Shah explores culture, language, family, and place. Throughout the collection, Shah reflects on what it means to make oneself visible and legible through writing in a country that struggles with race and maps her identity as an American, South Asian American, writer of color, and feminist.


All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948226370
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Published: Catapult - October 15th, 2019

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

This beloved memoir "is an extraordinary, honest, nuanced and compassionate look at adoption, race in America and families in general" (Jasmine Guillory, Code Switch, NPR)

What does it means to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?


Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

A “beautiful and eye-opening” (Jacqueline Woodson), “hilarious and heart-rending” (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families,  and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.


Fifth Chinese Daughter (Classics of Asian American Literature) Cover Image
By Jade Snow Wong, Leslie Bow (Introduction by), Kathryn Uhl (Illustrator)
$24.20
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ISBN: 9780295745909
Published: University of Washington Press - November 21st, 2019

Originally published in 1945 and now reissued with a new introduction by the author, Jade Snow Wong's story is one of struggle and achievements. These memoirs of the author's first twenty-four years are thoughtful, informative, and highly entertaining.


The Body Papers: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632060242
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Published: Restless Books - March 3rd, 2020

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s critically acclaimed memoir The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, powerfully explores the fraught contours of her own life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and childhood abuse.

Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family t


Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316735490
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 10th, 2004

The haunting memoir of a girl growing up in the Moso country in the Himalayas -- a unique matrilineal society. But even in this land of women, familial tension is eternal. Namu is a strong-willed daughter, and conflicts between her and her rebellious mother lead her to break the taboo that holds the Moso world together -- she leaves her mother's house.


The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357554
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 26th, 2019

“Fierce and refreshing.”— Carlos Lozada, Washington Post


Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525508854
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 6th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.


Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience Cover Image
By Lawson Fusao Inada (Editor), Patricia Wakida (Preface by), William Hohri (Afterword by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781890771300
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Published: Heyday Books - April 1st, 2014

In the wake of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were uprooted from their homes and their communities and banished to internment camps throughout the country.


Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374527365
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 15th, 2001

The fascinating story of the rise of Asian Americans as a politically and socially influential racial group


Fault Lines: A Memoir Cover Image
By Meena Alexander, Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o (Preface by), Gaiutra Bahadur (Afterword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781936932993
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Published: Feminist Press - November 17th, 2020

In this evocative memoir, an acclaimed Indian poet explores writing, memory, and place in a post-9/11 world. Passionate, fierce, and lyrical, Fault Lines follows one woman's evolution as a writer at home--and in exile--across continents and cultures.


House of Sticks: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ly Tran
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501118814
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

One of Vogue and NPR’s Best Books of the Year

This beautifully written “masterclass in memoir” (Elle) recounts a young girls journey from war-torn Vietnam to Queens, New York, “showcas[ing] the tremendous power we have to alter the fates of others, step into their lives and shift the odds in favor of greater opportunity” (