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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

May 14, 2024
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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: A Literary Journey

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich history, culture, and contributions of the AAPI community. Literature has always been a powerful medium for sharing stories, experiences, and voices, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into books that highlight AAPI narratives?

Here are ten must-read books that not only entertain but also enlighten, offering a glimpse into the diverse tapestry of AAPI life and imagination.

Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland (Deluxe Limited Edition)

An epic fantasy that shatters the mold, "Five Broken Blades" is a journey through a world where honor and destiny collide.

King of Sloth by Ana Huang

A tale that weaves through the complexities of identity and belonging, "King of Sloth" is a scorching romance that continues Ana Huang’s much-loved Kings of Sin series.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

An epic saga of friendship and the enduring trials of life, "A Little Life" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Happiness Falls by Angie Kim

In "Happiness Falls," readers are taken on an emotional journey that explores the nuances of joy and sorrow, set against the backdrop of a vibrant AAPI community.

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

This novel is a symphony of science fiction and fantasy, celebrating the harmony of music, alien encounters, donuts (yes, donuts), and the quest for one's true self.

Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

A gripping narrative that delves into the intricate tapestry of family secrets and the lengths one will go to uncover the truth.

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner 

A deeply personal memoir, "Crying in H Mart" is a story of food, family, and the bittersweet taste of memory.

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

This novel confronts the complexities of cultural appropriation and the search for authenticity in art and life.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

A beautifully illustrated children's book that celebrates the unique beauty found in every culture and the love that binds families together.

Song of the Six Realms by Judy I. Lin

Dive into a fantastical world where myths come to life, and the power of song holds the key to the fate of realms.

As we reflect on the stories that shape our world, let's embrace the diverse voices that enrich our literary landscape. Happy reading, and happy AAPI Heritage Month!


This curated list of books is just a starting point to explore the vast and varied experiences of the AAPI community. Each title offers a window into different aspects of life, from the struggles and triumphs to the dreams and realities that define the AAPI experience. So, grab a book, find a cozy nook, and let these stories transport you to new worlds this May. Happy AAPI Heritage Month! 📚✨

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