#AsianLitBingo TBR

My wonderful friend Wendy Chen is co-hosting a reading challenge as part of Asian-American Heritage Month. The initiative was created by Shenwei (of Reading (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA, tweets @theshenners) to support Asian authors and their books in May.

The challenge is for, and hosted by, readers from several countries and there are prizes!

See Wendy's post and Shenwei's master post for more details.

If you're not sure what to read, the group have put together a list of recommendations.

MC = main character | Design: Aentee

My to-read list for the challenge (and after):

Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose (no words... this book is *amazing*)

Letter to Pessoa by Michelle Cahill

The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves

Once Upon A Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo

The Good Girl of Chinatown by Jenevieve Chang


Needless to say, the writers closest to my heart are Asian.

I've written before about diversity in literature and how I discovered my political voice.
I still remember the moment, eight years ago, when I stumbled across an article by Alice Pung and thought, ‘Wow, someone like me – at last!’ All I want is to pass on that feeling. Like Alice, I grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne and went to ‘Mao-Bin U’ [the University of Melbourne]. Her family is Cambodian-Chinese, mine Malaysian-Chinese.
I've also written about how few stories exist about the sex lives of Asian-Australians.

I have an interest in stories that relate to sexuality, especially from the perspective of an Asian-Australian female, as both a reader and a writer. Here are my recommendations:

Memoir / non-fiction

Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughter by Alice Pung (coy but oh so relatable)

The Family Law and Gaysia by Benjamin Law (on growing up gay and Asian)

Banana Girl by Michele Lee (unapologetically irreverent yet poignant)

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (a stumbled-upon classic...)

Fiction

Fantasian by Larissa Pham (erotic thriller, mind-blowingly good... and graphic)

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (very, very clever)

Wave by Hoa Pham (on love, pain and sacrifice... haunting)

Anthology

Growing Up Asian in Australia ed. Alice Pung (includes section on sexuality)

Short-form

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen (I am a braver writer and person thanks to Giselle.)


'Bi Bi Hua' by M. Elaine Mar (CW: rape)

'Fitting Characters and Scripts' by Victor Yang

- 'For Her' by Sanna Wei

Interviews

- Liminal magazine

Would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations xo

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