Asian American Literature

In addition to The Joy Luck Club select from:

            The following novels by no means represent an exhaustive list of titles by Asian Americans that are intended for young adult and adult audiences.  However, they do offer a wide range of voices to further expand one’s understanding of Asian American culture.

Chinese American:
* Chang, Jung.  Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China. Anchor Books, 1991.

Kingston, Maxine Hong.  The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts.  Vintage, 1989. 

Yep, Laurence. * Child of the Owl.  Harper Trophy,1990.
* Thief of Hearts. Harper Trophy, 1995.
* The Amah.  Putnam, 1991.

Yang, Gene Luen – American Born Chinese (graphic novel)

Filipino American:

Bulosan, Carlos.   America is in the Heart.  University of Washington Press, 1974.

Jamero, Peter M. Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American (The Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies).  University of Washington Press, 2006.

Japanese American:
*Houston, Jeanne and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar.  Laurel Leaf, 1983.

Okada, John.  No No Boy. University of Washington Press, 1978.

Sone, Monica.  Nisei Daughter.  University of Washington Press, 1979.

Uchida, Yoshiko.  Journey Home. Athenuem, 1978.
* Journey To Topaz. Creative Arts Books, 1985.

Mazer, Harry – A Boy at War: a Novel of Pearl Harbor

Korean American:
Lee, Marie. Finding My Voice. Harper Collins, 2001.
* Necessary Roughness.  Harper Collins, 2001.

* Na, An. Step From Heaven.  Puffin, 2003.

Park, Linda Sue – A Single Shard




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Revised Date: 6/07