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#VeryAsian Stories

After sharing a racist voicemail she received from a viewer, St. Louis news anchor Michelle Li has received a hugely supportive response from the public, from stories shared on social media with the hashtag #VeryAsian, to an appearance from Li on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Li's story has inspired us to share some of our favorite #VeryAsian stories that you can find at the library. Each of these books offers a distinct perspective from the vast and rich Asian diaspora. 


A Burning by Megha Majumdar
An opportunistic gym teacher and a starry-eyed misfit find the realization of their ambitions tied to the downfall of an innocent Muslim girl who has been wrongly implicated in a terrorist attack.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L Ozeki
In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
A Japanese woman who has been working at a convenience store for 18 years, much to the disappointment of her family, finds friendship with an alienated, cynical and bitter young man who becomes her coworker.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
A stereotyped character actor stumbles into the spotlight before uncovering surprising links between his family and the secret history of Chinatown.

Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America.

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee
An everyday American college student finds his life transformed by a Chinese-American businessman who unexpectedly takes him under his wing on a series of whimsical, heartbreaking and darkly shocking adventures throughout Asia.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
A first novel by the award-winning poet is written in the form of a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read about the impact of the Vietnam War on their family.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
In early 1900s Korea, prized daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan, in the saga of one family bound together as their faith and identity are called into question.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Believing he cannot experience big emotions--like love, or grief, Khai Diep avoids relationships, until his mother travels to Vietnam and returns with Esme Tran.

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Suspecting foul play in the wake of her mother's accidental death, Margot Lee investigates her mother's past as a Korean War orphan and undocumented immigrant before uncovering profound secrets.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
A vivacious dance-hall girl in 1930s colonial Malaysia is drawn into unexpected danger by the discovery of a severed finger that is being sought by a young houseboy in order to protect his late master's soul.

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 White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
When he relocates to New Delhi to take a new job, Balram Halwai is disillusioned by the city's materialism and technology-spawned violence, a circumstance that forces him to question his loyalties, ambitions, and past.

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
Two teenagers in Los Angeles, one Korean-American and the other African-American, deal with the ripple effects of a shooting from decades ago after a new incident brings their families' painful memories hurtling back.

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