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The Stories of Eva Chen and Sophie Diao Radiate in “I Am Golden”

“I Am Golden,” written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Sophie Diao, celebrates the strength of the immigrant story and the joy of being Chinese American. ...

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Being Seen: Joanna Ho’s “Eyes” Brings Asian Representation to Picture Books

Joanna Ho's "Eyes that Speak to the Stars" follows an Asian boy who finds a new love for the way his eyes are shaped. The book, a companion to "Eyes that Kiss...

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“How We Fall Apart” Toes the Dangerous Line Between Representation & Irresponsibility

"How We Fall Apart" by Katie Zhao is a captivatingly written young adult thriller that exposes different layers of the model minority myth but also...

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Jenny Qi and Kat Chow Grapple with Mother-Loss in Debut Books, “Focal Point” and “Seeing Ghosts”

Journalist Kat Chow and poet Jenny Qi show readers how we can continue our relationships with loved ones even after their deaths...

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In “Ghost Forest,” Absence Is as Powerful as Presence

“Ghost Forest” is a kaleidoscopic debut from Chinese Canadian writer Pik-Shuen Fung. Though the book is a novel, it often reads like a memoir in its...

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“Not Here to Be Liked” Challenges What Asian Girls Look Like in Media

In “Not Here to Be Liked,” Michelle Quach explores love, friendship, and what it means to be a “good feminist” as an Asian American girl in a world...

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Immigrant Songs and Unexpected Love Stories: Why You Need to Read Yoon Choi’s “Skinship”

The only context in which I used to hear the word “skinship” growing up would be when my mother stated she was uncomfortable with it. “Skinship,” after...

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“Speak, Okinawa”: A Memoir of Self and an Island’s Collective History

An East-meets-West romance: Asian woman falls for American military man. It’s a story we know well as “Miss Saigon,” “Memoirs of Geisha,” “Madame...

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“Crying in H Mart” & “My Good Son”: Two Novels that Explore Grief and Parental Love

Parents are the first ones to love us and hurt us. As children, we haven’t developed the emotional maturity yet to appreciate our parents’ good intentions....

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The Power Of Unrelenting Hope In “House Of Sticks”

Ly Tran’s debut memoir “House of Sticks” is an inspiring coming-of-age tale of a young immigrant girl rediscovering the meaning of hope in America....

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