Reading Lists

Asian American (RD 115)

Ghost hero

Rozan, S. J

Minotaur Books 2011

Investigating a rumor about new paintings by a famous contemporary Chinese artist who has been dead for twenty years, private investigator Lydia Chin and her partner, Bill Smith, discover that a new client is not who he claims to be.

Girl in translation

Kwok, Jean

Riverhead Books 2010

Caught between the pressure to succeed in America, her duty to their family, and her own personal desires, Kimberly Chang, an immigrant girl from Hong Kong, learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet : a novel

Ford, Jamie

Ballantine Books 2009

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

Shanghai girls : a novel

See, Lisa

Random House Trade Paperbacks 2010

Two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles in this fresh, fascinating adventure.

Snow flower and the secret fan : a novel

See, Lisa

Random House 2005

In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The two women exchange messages written on silk fans and handkerchieves using nu shu, a unique language that women created in order to communicate in secret, sharing their experiences, but when a misunderstanding arises, their friendship threatens to tear apart.

Stubborn twig : three generations in the life of a Japanese American family

Kessler, Lauren, Kulongoski, Ted

Oregon State University Press 2008

The story of one Japanese American family's century-long struggle to adjust, endure and ultimately triumph in their new country, which starts with the arrival of Masuo Yasui in America in 1903.

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