Asian Authors

A Place For Us
By Fatima Farheen Mirza

This novel is breathtaking. I completely fell in love with the character and was able to relate so much to her. She comes from a traditional Indian-Muslim family and struggles to find balance between tradition and modernity. This book really tells the story of coming from two cultures and finding your own identity within that.

 

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 
By Ocean Vuong

This book follows an immigrant boy growing up experiencing different struggles and trauma as he learns to adjust to life in America. As he lives with his grandmother and mother, he learns of their stories and trauma as well. Such beautiful writing. This novel will suck you in and you won't want to put it down. 

 

A Tale For The Time Being
By Ruth Ozeki 

This book is narrated by two characters. One Japanese American girl who keeps a diary and another who finds the diary in 2011 after the tsunami that devastated Japan. I read this book some years ago and it's still such an important one for me. A must read.

  

Panchinko
By Min Jin Lee

This book comes highly recommended and I have yet to read it. It follows a Korean family who migrates to Japan and highlights all the Japanese-Korean traditions. 

 

The Sympathizer 
By Viet Thanh Nguyen 

This book is different from what I typically read. Books about war aren't usually my favorite, especially from the male perspective. But I'm glad I gave this one a try. This story takes place during the Vietnam war and it follows a communist spy who begins to question himself and his beliefs as he follows orders. 


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