May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the cultures, traditions, and history of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In honor of this, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our favorite Asian-American authors.
There are writers of Asian descent in your lexicon, I’m sure. If you told us they were limited to the works of Amy Tan, Haruki Murakami, and/or Jhumpa Lahiri, though, we wouldn’t be surprised, but there’s also a whole world of lesser-known but no less exciting writers emerging in the literary space adding dimension to the Asian-American conversation.
Ahead, we bring you some of our favorites. Don’t limit your reading of them to this month alone, though. The brilliant books ahead are worth paying attention to just as much today as they are two months from now, next year, or even a decade from now.