American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novel featuring three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in popular culture.
Bright Lines (e-audio only) by Tanwi Nandini Islam follows a Bangladeshi American family as they navigate life in a gentrifying Brooklyn.
Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a short story anthology by the author of the short story that influenced the movie Arrival. Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined.
Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem (e-book and e-audio only) by Paula Williams Madison follows her quest to discover her family’s origins in the Chinese immigrant communities of Jamaica all the way to a village in China.
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu tells the story of two men who become friends through rebelling against tyranny and then turn against each other in defense of irreconcilable ideals. Liu, prolific science fiction and fantasy author, sets this tale in a unique fantasy world.
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu features Willis Wu, a man who considers himself a bit player, even in his own life. After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today’s America.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko is a complex portrait of a boy born to an undocumented Chinese immigrant mother, and their complicated family life.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Lucky by Henry Chang is a mystery featuring NYPD detective Jack Yu that involves crime and community in New York’s Chinatown. Chang, who was born and raised and still lives in New York’s Chinatown, recreates his community with loving detail.
New Super-Man: Made in China (e-book only) by Gene Luen Yang starts with an impulsive act of heroism that thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes.
Night Sky With Exit Wounds (e-book only) by Ocean Vuong is a collection of poetry by the best-selling novelist and essayist.
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee presents a comprehensive overview of the arrival of Asians in America, what brought them here, and how their many communities have evolved.
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong is a collection of essays about the nuances of the Asian American experience.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born–a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam–and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu is a near-future trilogy by one of China’s most beloved science fiction authors. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang is a humorous tale of a Chinese American family that had it all and lost it and the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.
#AsianAmCovidStories is a YouTube documentary series covering Asian American experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Big Sick (DVD & BluRay) features Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail who connects with grad student Emily after a standup set. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing.
The Chinese Exclusion Act is a PBS Documentary that aired as part of the Asian American Experience series and looks at the history of the first immigration ban in American history.
The Farewell (DVD & BluRay) follows Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi as she reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself.
Fresh Off the Boat (Seasons 1-4) is a comedy TV series that follows an Asian American family through their move from DC’s Chinatown to Orlando, Florida.
Minding the Gap follows documentarian Bing Liu as he uses 12 years of footage to weave a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey of courageous vulnerability.
The Mindy Project (Seasons 1-4) is a comedy TV show about Mindy, a single OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy but just can’t find the right leading man. As she attempts to balance her unpredictable workplace with some truly offbeat dating situations, Mindy soon discovers that the prescription for happiness is filled with comical side effects.
Parasite (DVD & BluRay) is an award-winning thriller from Korea. Kim Ki-teak’s family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park’s home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle.
Self Evident: Asian Americans Stories is a podcast that aims to challenge the narratives that exist about Asian Americans. You can listen through the site or subscribe anywhere podcasts are available.