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NoCo Library AAPI Book Recommendations

May is a time to recognize and celebrate the many strides and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have influenced American history and culture. While AAPI Heritage month wraps up, it is not the only time to celebrate Asian culture or diversity.

As we continue amplify the voices of our AAPI communities, check out a few of these reads locally recommended by the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins.

Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State

Providing the most comprehensive examination to date of Asians in the Centennial State, William Wei addresses a wide range of experiences, from anti-Chinese riots in late nineteenth-century Denver to the World War II. Wei reconstructs what life was like for the early Chinese and Japanese pioneers, and he pays special attention to the different challenges faced by those in urban versus rural areas.

Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhist

Be the Refuge is both critique and celebration, calling out the erasure of Asian American Buddhists while uplifting the complexity and nuance of their authentic stories and vital, thriving communities. Drawn from in-depth interviews with a pan-ethnic, pan-Buddhist group, Be the Refuge is the first book to center young Asian American Buddhists’ own voices

Interior Chinatown: A Novel 

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

The Making of Asian America

The Making of Asian America shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life, from sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500 to the Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, essayist Cathy Park Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. 

For more recommended books by the Poudre River Public Library District, click here.