Category: Asian American Lit

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

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…

Paul Yee’s Money Boy

Sodagreen’s “Little Universe” (the video above) plays in the background at the sushi restaurant where Ray meets some people who will help him settle into his “new” life. A translation of the lyrics is available at Asian Fanatics.net. It’s rare…

An Asian American Summer Reading List

A version of this list appears on k2twelve.com and ricedaddies.com.   Mia Wenjen’s Jade Luck Club has the most extensive and current bibliography of Young Adult books about the Asian American experience and by Asian American authors that I have come…

Tara Masih’s The Chalk Circle

According to Wikipedia, in Wicca, standing inside a chalk circle can protect you from evil. It can even empower you. Wikipedia also says that Bertolt Brecht wrote a play called The Caucasian Chalk Circle: “The play is a parable about a…

Thad Rutkowski’s Haywire

Reading Thad Rutkowski is like reading the lab journal written by the rat running the maze. His observations are just as emotionally sparse as those of the scientist conducting the experiment. You are presented with a circumstance (the experiment and…