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15 Books By Asian American Authors to Add to the Top of Your Stack

Bestproducts.com Logo By Melanie Yates of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 16: The month of May has been designated since 1992 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. It's a month of observance and celebration of the countless achievements and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people in all facets of American life, including literature and the arts.This year, AAPI Heritage Month feels especially poignant, not only because we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but because we are still processing the senseless acts of violence and increased number of reported hate crimes toward members of the AAPI community. Despite the uptick in coverage of these issues that are due in large part to the work of activists like Amanda Nguyen, many AAPI people say that support — from both non-Asian peers and the system at large — is severely lacking. We do not have simple solutions for these complex issues. While bipartisan approval for legislation to protect the AAPI community appears to be a step in the right direction, many believe that comprehensive systemic change — not increased policing — is what's needed to eradicate the racism that AAPI people and other marginalized groups are facing now.Comprising far from an exhaustive list, these books by AAPI authors are a mix of new releases and older favorites that span genres of memoir, cultural criticism, romance, and YA. We hope you can extend your support in the following ways: buying these books from independent bookstores, donating to organizations like HateIsAVirus and Stop AAPI Hate, attending bystander intervention training from an organization like Hollaback!, and supporting grassroots initiatives like New York City's Welcome to Chinatown and the San Francisco Bay Area's Cut Fruit Collective to keep local AAPI-owned businesses thriving in an already difficult time.In the spirit of AAPI Heritage Month (and exceeding well beyond), we hope that reading these incredible books helps you to reflect on the infinitely multifaceted nature of identity — while also entertaining you for hours on end.

The month of May has been designated since 1992 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. It's a month of observance and celebration of the countless achievements and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people in all facets of American life, including literature and the arts.

This year, AAPI Heritage Month feels especially poignant, not only because we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but because we are still processing the senseless acts of violence and increased number of reported hate crimes toward members of the AAPI community. Despite the uptick in coverage of these issues that are due in large part to the work of activists like Amanda Nguyen, many AAPI people say that support — from both non-Asian peers and the system at large — is severely lacking.

We do not have simple solutions for these complex issues. While bipartisan approval for legislation to protect the AAPI community appears to be a step in the right direction, many believe that comprehensive systemic change — not increased policing — is what's needed to eradicate the racism that AAPI people and other marginalized groups are facing now.

Comprising far from an exhaustive list, these books by AAPI authors are a mix of new releases and older favorites that span genres of memoir, cultural criticism, romance, and YA. We hope you can extend your support in the following ways: buying these books from independent bookstores, donating to organizations like HateIsAVirus and Stop AAPI Hate, attending bystander intervention training from an organization like Hollaback!, and supporting grassroots initiatives like New York City's Welcome to Chinatown and the San Francisco Bay Area's Cut Fruit Collective to keep local AAPI-owned businesses thriving in an already difficult time.

In the spirit of AAPI Heritage Month (and exceeding well beyond), we hope that reading these incredible books helps you to reflect on the infinitely multifaceted nature of identity — while also entertaining you for hours on end.

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