Recommended Reading

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Lending Library

The Asian American Center Lending Library is a growing collection of fiction and non-fiction works about the Asian American experience. All books can be borrowed from the Center for a period of two weeks.

Anthologies and Short Stories

  • Asian American X, edited by Arar Han and John Hsu
  • Catamaran: South Asian American Writing
  • Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World, edited by Jessica Hageorn
  • Half + Half, edited by Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Mixed, edited by Chandra Prasad
  • On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast, edited by Geraldine Kudaka
  • The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed Heritage Asian Americans, edited by Theresa Williams-Leon
  • The Troublemaker and Other Saints, by Christina Chiu
  • Yell-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American, edited by Vickie Nam
  • Yellow: Stories, by Don Lee


  • American Knees, by Shawn Wong
  • Blu's Hanging, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
  • Clay Walls, by Kim Ronyoung
  • Dogeaters, by Jessica Hagedorn
  • Donald Duk, by Frank Chin
  • Girls for Breakfast, by David Yoo
  • M. Butterfly, by David Henry Hwang (play)
  • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae Lee One Tribe, by M. Evelina Galang
  • Seventeen Syllables, by Hisaye Yamamoto (poetry)

Memoirs & Biographies

  • The Accidental Asian, by Eric Liu
  • First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung
  • Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama, by Diane C. Fujino
  • I'm the One that I Want, by Margaret Cho
  • My Country Versus Me, by Wen Ho Lee with Helen Zia

Non-Fiction & Asian American Studies

  • Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities, by Yen Le Espiritu
  • Asian American Studies, edited by Jean Yu-Wen Shen Wu and Min Song
  • Asian American Youth, by Jennifer Lee
  • Asian Americans, by Sucheng Chan
  • Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment, edited by Steve Louie and Glenn Omatsu
  • The Chinese in America, by Iris Chang
  • Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites, by Mia Tuan
  • The Karma of Brown Folks, by Vijay Prashad
  • A Larger Memory: A History of our Diversity, with Voices, by Ronald Takaki
  • Screaming Monkeys, by M. Evelina Galang
  • The State of Asian America, by Karin Aguilar-San Juan
  • Strangers from a Different Shore, by Ronald Takaki
  • Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth, by Stacey J. Lee
  • Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, by Frank Wu

Asian American Women

  • Asian/Pacific Islander Women: A Historical Anthology, edited by Shirley Hune and Gail Nomura
  • Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians, by Jane Hyun
  • Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire, edited by Sonia Shah
  • Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women, edited by Elaine Kim
  • Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey into Power, by Phoebe Eng