APHAM REQUIRED READING

APHAM or Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is here! And to celebrate I've thrown together a short list of some books on the Asian experience which I've loved and ones which are currently on my list.
  1. The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
    This is basically a complete retelling of history through the "yellow lens." It really highlights the ways in which Asian American history has been eradicated and covered in the light of "bigger" racial injustices and the way in which Asian Americans are thought of as being "other" when it comes to being American.
  2. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
  3. We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer
  4. America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
  5. Asian American Dreams by Helen Zia
    Maybe the best book on the Asian American experience I've ever read. It is part memoir and part history, Zia travels through her journey of embracing her Asian American identity through the history of Asians in the states, with a strong lean on Asian activism.
  6. On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
  7. The Accidental Asian by Eric Liu
  8. Under Western Eyes by Garrett Hongo
  9. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
    If Fresh Off the Boat sounds familiar its because it's the book from which FOB on ABC was based. The memoir is much more brutal and honest than it's tv counterpart. Eddie is painfully honest about what it means to grow up Asian and the ways in which being Asian has affected his life as an entertainment personality, lawyer, and chef.