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Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780358508090
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Published: Harper - March 1st, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538708002
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Published: Balance - May 3rd, 2022

“Dr. Jenny T. Wang has been an incredible resource for Asian mental health. I believe that her knowledge, presence, and activism for mental health in the Asian American/Immigrant community have been invaluable and groundbreaking.


Q&A: Voices from Queer Asian North America (Asian American History & Cultu) Cover Image
By Martin Manalansan (Editor), Alice Y. Hom (Editor), Kale Bantigue Fajardo (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781439921098
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Published: Temple University Press - July 16th, 2021

First published in 1998, Q & A: Queer in Asian Americaedited by David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom, became a canonical work in Asian American studies and queer studies.


You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780814349410
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Published: Wayne State University Press - March 1st, 2022

In the aftermath of a messy divorce, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang writes in the hope of beginning to build a new life with four children, bossy aunties, unreliable suitors, and an uncertain political landscape.


In Sensorium: Notes for My People Cover Image
By Tanaïs
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358381709
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Published: Harper - February 22nd, 2022

One of Shondaland's "May's Must-Read Books by Asian American Authors"

Fragrance has long been used to mark who is civilized and who is barbaric, who is pure and who is polluted, who is free and who is damned—


Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation Cover Image
$33.00
ISBN: 9780295749808
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Published: University of Washington Press - April 5th, 2022

In the struggles for prison abolition, global anti-imperialism, immigrant rights, affordable housing, environmental justice, fair labor, and more, twenty-first-century Asian American activists are speaking out and standing up to systems of oppression.


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


From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii (Revised Edition) (Latitude 20 Books) Cover Image
$31.05
ISBN: 9780824820596
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Published: Latitude 20 - May 1st, 1999

House of Sticks: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ly Tran
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501118821
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Published: Scribner - May 10th, 2022

New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award Winner

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 in


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.


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

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
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, one of TIME's Most Influential People of 2022, 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


Stone Fruit Cover Image
By Lee Lai
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781683964261
Published: Fantagraphics - May 11th, 2021

An exhilarating and tender debut graphic novel that is an ode to the love and connection shared among three women and the child they all adore.

2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize WINNER

2022 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize WINNER

2022 Lambda Literary Award WINNER, LGBTQ Comics


See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525509110
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

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
 


Unbelonging Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781737055020
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Published: Mango & Marigold Press - August 17th, 2021

Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984881601
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Published: Viking - April 20th, 2021

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

“Amazing . . . a memoir I really loved.” —Secretary Hillary Clinton, “You and Me Both” podcast

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


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
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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
ISBN: 9781645437161
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Published: Mango and Marigold Press - March 2nd, 2021

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
$16.95
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
$17.95
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
$34.44
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ISBN: 9781478006497
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
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
$18.00
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
ISBN: 9780295745909
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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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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
$18.00
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.