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Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: What We’re Reading

Discover your new binge and get to know our staff better with the Asia Society Texas team’s favorite ways to keep entertained!

As part of our 31 Ways to Celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month 2022, enjoy this special edition of Staff Picks featuring fiction and non-fiction titles! With recommendations ranging from memoirs to manga to cookbooks, we invite you to immerse yourself in a new understanding and appreciation of food, history and contemporary life.

Fiction | manga | nonfiction


What we read: Fiction

Short stories

I have never by Isabelle Yap
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories by May-lee Chai
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Novels

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Woman running towards the mountains by Yuko Tsushima
Recommended by Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture
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The Village of Eight Tombs by Seishi Yokomizo
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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A fire: a novel by Megha Majumdar
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Science fiction and fantasy

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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There’s no such thing as an easy job by Kikuko Tsumura
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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The city within by Samit Basu
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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What we read: Manga

silver spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku by Fujita
Recommended by Phuong Ha, Head of Education and Awareness
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A man and his cat by Umi Sakurai
Recommended by Phuong Ha, Head of Education and Awareness
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What we read: non-fiction

Memoirs

Both/and: a life in several worlds by Huma Abedin
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
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You can’t be serious by Kal Penn
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
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My whole life: work, family and our future by Indra Nooyi
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
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Cookbooks

Snack Cakes: Simple treats for anytime cravings by Yossy Arefi
Recommended by Phuong Ha, Head of Education and Awareness
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Parwana: recipes and stories of Afghan cuisine by Durkhanai Ayubi
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Cultural stories

You and me eat the same thing by Chris Ying
Recommended by Mei Qi, Head of Business and Policy Programs
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Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the 90s to Today by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang
Recommended by Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture
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Subterranean Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire by Tim Harper
Recommended by Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture
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Anthology

Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990–2001 by Howie Chen
Recommended by Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture
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Business and political programs are funded by the Huffington Foundation. Special thanks to Bank of America, Muffet Blake, Anne and Albert Chao, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Nancy Pollok Guinee and United Airlines, main sponsors of the Business and Policy programs; Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, main exhibition sponsors; AARP, Sterling Turner Foundation and Wells Fargo, lead sponsors of Education & Outreach; Syamal and Susmita Poddar, Lead Sponsors of Performing Arts and Culture; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), sponsor of the Japanese series; and Regions Bank, title sponsor of the internship program. General program and exhibit support is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, Inc., City of Houston via Houston Arts Alliance, McKinsey & Company, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Vinson & Elkins LLP, as well as Friends of Asia Society.


About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.