May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Karen Walch | May 14, 2022

How Much of These Hills is Gold
by C. Pam Zhang

Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past.

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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States     
by Erika Lee

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. Historian Erika Lee shows that an irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the beginning.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong

This book 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 leading to an unforgettable revelation.

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad  
by Gordon H Chang

In 1864, throngs of Chinese migrants began to converge on the worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad. Of the twenty thousand Chinese laborers who toiled on the western portion of the Transcontinental, not one is named in histories of the railroad. Many were literate, yet not a scrap of their writing remains.

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The Leavers 
by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate.

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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.

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Everything I Never Told You 
by Celeste Ng

When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

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