Category: Asian American Lit

Books about the Asian American experience and by Asian American authors.

Mirror Reflections

WARNING SPOILERS FOR BOTH MIRROR IN THE SKY AND KAZUO ISHIGURO’S NEVER LET ME GO 1928 International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation mural at 75 Broad St, NY. According to NY Songlines it is meant to represent “Commerce uniting the hemispheres…

Sentimental About Local/Express

When Curtis Chin (founder of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop) asked me to submit something to an anthology he was putting together about Asian American activism in the 90s, I was very flattered. It had been a while since I’ve…

On Goodreads: Outer Suburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In terms of format, Tales from Outer Suburbia is the complete opposite of The Arrival (the first Shaun Tan book I read). Where The Arrival is wordless…

Lisa Simmon’s Sugar Weather

In Sugar Weather, Lisa Simmons sows the imagination with the seeds of a great gothic romance (in the English Lit sense of the word, not the pop). She gives us Lucy who, like Catherine Earnshaw (from Emily Bronte’s famous book,…

Rancho Rosetta Days

Bowling for Soup make suffering painful teen (tween) cliques fun. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time is the fourth Lisa Yee book I’ve read. I was introduced to her writing through a contest at the Rice Daddies blog. Lisa had generously donated…