The variety is in part due to increasing calls for more diversity in books, according to Sona Charaipotra, author and vice president of content for nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. In publishing, there are more diverse titles for kids and teens hitting shelves. I Still Love You. Middle sister Lara Jean, described as the dreamiest of the Song sisters, handwrites letters, bakes cookies, and is having a great senior year, but she will soon have to decide where to go to college and think about how that will affect her relationship with her boyfriend Peter.
25 Amazing Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors You Need to Read
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In honor of the holiday, here are 25 books from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors that you should include on your reading list, from prize-winning fiction to graphic novels, essays, and memoirs. When Nguyen was 10 years old, he saw the film Apocalypse Now , an American drama about the Vietnam War, and realized that not many stories about the war came from the perspective of the Vietnamese people. In The Sympathizer , the unnamed narrator is a South Vietnamese military aid working as a spy for the communist North Vietnamese. Born to a French father and Vietnamese mother, this unnamed spy was educated in America, but has returned to his home country to fight for the communist cause.
The contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestselling novel, crushed it at the box office , becoming the highest-grossing rom-com in the United States in the last 10 years. The flick, which was the first major Hollywood studio film of its kind to feature a majority-Asian cast in 25 years, served up fun, feels, and family in ways unique and universal. And it made us wish stories about Asian people—and especially Asian and Pacific Islander women—were told more often. Because the stories of Asian and Pacific Islander women need to be told. Or the award-winning TV spy dramas like Killing Eve.
In the middle of these uncertain times, we are reflecting on how this community is core to the fabric of America. Distinguished months, like Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, are not meant to reinforce monolithic stereotypes about ethnic groups. In contrast, they're actually made to highlight the vibrant multiplicity of people and their contributions to history and culture. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. How do we speak honestly about the Asian American condition—if such a thing exists?