Pop Culture Connection: Crazy Rich Asians
Check out these titles by authors of Asian descent!
With the success of Jordan Peele's Get Out , Ryan Coogler's Black Panther and TV shows like Black-Ish , Fresh Off the Boat , On My Block (Netflix), and Pose (FX), the TV and film industry is centering diverse narratives like never before. Add to this growing body of work Crazy Rich Asians based on the novel by Kevin Kwan coming to theaters August 15th and To All The Boys I've Loved Before a young adult novel by Jenny Han hitting Netflix on August 17th, audiences of Asian descent are seeing themselves in roles outside of Hollywood's stereotypes.
Below are fiction titles by authors of Asian descent that you should add to your reading list today!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young, unaware that she's about to be thrust into the lives of the wealthy. With Rachel being an "American Born Chinese" tensions flair over cultural differences while she deals with Nick's mother's opinions on what type of girl he should or shouldn't marry. This is high drama the likes of Gossip Girl with a diverse cast of characters and plenty of laughs!
If you like: High Drama, Comedy, Romance
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is an awkward teenager who's inexperienced in the love department. She writes letters to boys she's loved-- but she never sends them. Until one day they get mysteriously mailed and now she must deal with the consequences, especially since one letter she'd written to her older sister's ex-boyfriend.
If you like: Awkward characters, Young Love, Sisterhood
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Also in Large Print)
In a quaint suburb of Cleveland, Shaker Heights, single-mother Mia Warren rents a house from the Richardson family. Soon her daughter Pearl and the four Richardson children becomes close friends. A custody battle erupts in the neighborhood when one of the Richardsons' friends tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, dividing the neighborhood and threatening to uncover Mia's long hidden secrets.
If you like: Family dramas, Multiple character perspectives, Nonlinear Storytelling
The Best We Could Do
by Thi Bui
Okay this isn't fiction. But it is an award winning graphic novel and memoir by Thi Bui that chronicles the journey of a Vietnamese immigrant family to the United States after the fall of South Vietnam during the 1970s.
If you like: Graphic Novels, Immigrant narratives, Family and relationships
Sam Wyndham Series by Abir Mukherjee
If you're looking for something a little less literary you may find some satisfaction in the Sam Wyndham series by Abir Mukherjee. There historical mysteries are set in 1919 Calcutta, India (Now Kolkata) with Sam Wyndham as a transfer to the Imperial Police Force. Sam comes to this story as a World War I vet and widower, and his first case involves the death of a British official found slain with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India. This is a smart mystery that doesn't ignore the politics and racism of it's time period.
If you like: Historical mysteries, Rich details, Flawed characters
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
(Also in Large Print)
After 11 year old Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, never comes home from work, Deming is adopted by two white college professors. They change his name to Daniel Wilkinson in efforts to Americanize their new son after moving from the Bronx to a small town in upstate New York. Deming struggles with this new life without his mother and in a foreign culture.
If you like: Coming of age stories, Multiple character perspectives, Social Justice issues
by Han Kang
Yeong-hye wakes up one night after having a bloody nightmare and decides she will be a vegetarian. In Korea, vegetarianism is uncommon and this decision prompts concerns from her family and friends. This story is told from her husband's, her brother in laws' and her older sisters' perspectives. Soon Yeong-hye is behaving in other strange ways, the author using vivid and at time haunting imagery to describe the changes Yeong-hye is experiencing.
If you like: Psychological fiction, Exploration of mental health, Multiple character perspectives
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Aug 11th, 2018 @ 9:35 AM.
Updated on Aug 12th, 2018 @ 3:17 PM.