There’s been a rise in anti-Asian sentiments following COVID-19. This article will focus on 3 books detailing the Asian experience in the US.
Anti-Asian sentiments have always been in some belief systems. However, they have become more prominent due to the rise of Covid-19. Asian-Americans have no impact on the virus and therefore those opinions are based on incorrect information. Now more than ever, it is important to hear stories from Asian voices.
Book #1: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
A River of Stars is a modern-day novel that includes the hardships of motherhood, immigration, and identity. This is Hua’s first novel. This book aids in women’s understanding of each other’s struggles through their own stories.
I’m looking forward to adding this book to my collection because I don’t read many first-person stories. I have never actually read a novel about the hardships of motherhood, so I want to learn new things as well (I don’t find myself picking up books about motherhood often, so I am looking forward to those storylines in the book). The book will open my eyes to how Asian-American women are treated, and how big of an issue it is.
Vanessa Hua is a journalist who writes columns for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has a few other books entitles “Deceit” and “Other Possibilities”. This book has been her bestseller and won many awards, so I’m excited to read more of her work.
Book #2: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
Little Fires Everywhere is a novel about two families living in Shaker Heights, OH. It’s based in the 1990’s when/where the author, NG, grew up. These two families come together by the help of their children.
I’m excited to add this to my book collection. I’m always interested in hearing about families’ experiences in history. I think it would help me understand more since I generally don’t really know much about them. I also love that Celeste NG based it out of her hometown. It’s a sweet addition to her novel!
Some of you may recognize the title from the Hulu show with the same title. I, for one, am eager to see the connections between the show and the novel. It’s important to note how the show is adding Asian-American representation in the television industry as well.
Book #3: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club is about Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco. These families open up a club named “The Joy Luck Club” as a business. Customers come in and play Chinese games such as mahjong for money while enjoying meals.
This is the book I am most excited to read. The plot itself grabbed my attention, but I like how Tan made the book go from a novel to a short story. I haven’t read a book about Chinese American immigration, so I’m excited to see how they opened this club and got their revenue.
The Joy Luck Club was also made into a movie. This movie is significant because it features Asian-American actors as the stars and focus of the movie, instead of being a background or subplot. It also features female-driven plot which is rare in itself. I’m excited to watch this movie!
These are the three book recommendations I have! I’m excited to educate myself more with these authors and their stories. I love hearing new voices and it is so important to hear them now.
Have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments! Happy reading!