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A List of Recent Books from API Diasporic Writers, 2018-2022

This incomplete list is one in a series of inventories THROUGHLINES is developing as an informal resource for students, researchers and writers to find adjacencies among established and new writers alike. The list is updated regularly, and if you have a title in mind to be included in the list, let us know by email: kaya@kaya.com.

Eye Level – Jenny Xie
Registers of Illuminated Villages – Tarfia Faizullah
A Cruelty Special to Our Species – Emily Jungmin Yoon
If They Come for Us – Fatimah Asghar
Ghost Of – Diana Khoi Nguyen

The Incendiaries – RO Kwon
Severance – Ling Ma
A River of Stars – Vanessa Hua
America Is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo
Immigrant, Montana – Amitava Kumar 
A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza
If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi – Neel Patel
Number One Chinese Restaurant – Lillian Li
Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays – Alexander Chee
All You Can Ever Know – Nicole Chung

Soft Science – Franny Choi
Oculus – Sally Wen Mao
Sight Lines – Arthur Sze
When You Ask Me Where I’m Going – Jasmin Kaur
The Year of Blue Water – Yanyi

Last of Her Name – Mimi Lok
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
Exhalation – Ted Chiang
Your House Will Pay – Steph Cha
Patron Saints of Nothing – Randy Ribay
Home Remedies – Xuan Juliana Wang
Bunny – Mona Awad
A Place to Belong – Cynthia Kadohata

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays – Esmé Weijun Wang
Know My Name – Chanel Miller
​​I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir – Malaka Gharib

Magnolia, 木蘭 – Nina Mingya Powles
Obit – Victoria Chang
DMZ Colony – Don Mee Choi
That Was Now, This Is Then – Vijay Seshadri
Letters to a Young Brown Girl – Barbara Jane Reyes
Foreign Bodies: Poems – Kimiko Hahn
My Baby First Birthday – Jenny Zhang

David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College – Ed Lin
Trust Exercise – Susan Choi
Days of Distraction – Alexandra Chang
How Much of These Hills Is Gold – C Pam Zhang
Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
Bestiary – K-Ming Chang
The Magic Fish – Trung Le Nguyen
If I Had Your Face – Francis Cha
A World Between – Emily Hashimoto
New Waves – Kevin Nguyen
The Mountains Sing – Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters – Anita Kushwaha
Run Me to Earth – Paul Yoon
Members Only – Sameer Pandya
Passage West – Rishi Reddi

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning – Cathy Park Hong
Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai – Nina Mingya Powles
This Is One Way to Dance: Essays – Sejal Shah
​​A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home – ed. by Nicole Chung & Mensah Demary

book of the other: small in comparison – Truong Tran
How to Not Be Afraid of Everything – Jane Wong
Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water – Kazim Ali
Come Clean – Joshua Nguyen
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure – Hoa Nguyen
Imagine Us, The Swarm – Muriel Leung
The Past – Wendy Xu
The Curious Thing: Poems– Sandra Lim
Yellow Rain: Poems – Mai Der Vang

On the Origin of Species and Other Stories – Bo-Young Kim
Intimacies – Katie Kitamura
Afterparties – Anthony Veasna So
Skinship – Yoon Choi
Things We Lost to the Water – Eric Nguyen
The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki
China Room – Sunjeev Sahota
Ghost Forest – Pik-Shuen Fung
Machinehood – S.B. Divya
Land of Big Numbers – Te-Ping Chen

Beautiful Country – Qian Julie Wang
Crying in H Mart – Michelle Zauner
Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy – Larissa Pham
Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations – Jonny Sun
Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir – Elizabeth Miki Brina
Rumors of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir –  Farah Bashir  
Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir – Kat Chow
Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor – Anna Qu

Time Is a Mother – Ocean Vuong
Return Flight – Jennifer Huang
All the Flowers Kneeling – Paul Tran
Dream of the Divided Field: Poems – Yanyi
As She Appears – Shelley Wong
Bamboophobia – ko ko thett
The Trees Witness Everything – Victoria Chang

Disorientation – Elaine Hsieh Chou
Four Treasures of the Sky – Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Fiona and Jane – Jean Chen Ho
The School for Good Mothers – Jessamine Chan
Peach Blossom Spring – Melissa Fu
Counterfeit – Kirstin Chen
Joan is Okay – Weike Wang
To Paradise – Hanya Yanagihara

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now – Phil Yu, Philip Wang, Jeff Yang


This incomplete list is one in a series of inventories THROUGHLINES is developing as an informal resource for students, researchers and writers to find adjacencies among established and new writers alike. The list is updated regularly, and if you have a title in mind to be included in the list, let us know by email: kaya@kaya.com.

Pier – Janine Oshiro
The Morning News is Exciting – Don Mee Choi 
Toxic Flora – Kimiko Hahn
Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking – Tan Lin 
Migritude – Shailja Patel
Juvenilia – Ken Chen

Mezzanines – Matthew Olzmann
Lucky FishAimee Nezhukumatathil

Further Adventures in Monochrome – John Yau
Split – Cathy Linh Che
My Favorite Warlord – Eugene Gloria
Gardening Secrets of the Dead – Lee Herric 
Phyla of JoyKaren An-Hwei Lee
Heath Course Pak – Tan Lin
As Long As Trees Last – Hoa Nguyen 
Engine Empire – Cathy Park Hong

Yearling – Lo Kwa Mei-en
Sky Ward – Kazim Ali
Phantom Camera – Jaswinder Bolina
Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry – ed. Regie Cabico 
Greenhouses, LighthousesTung-Hui Hu
Water Chasing Water – Koon Woon
Magnetic Refrain Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut

Driving without a License – Janine Joseph
The Wilderness – Sandra Lim
The Last Incantations – David Mura
This Way to the Sugar – Hieu Minh Nguyen
Mad Honey Symposium – Sally Wen Mao

The Cowherd’s Son – Rajiv Mohabir
ChordRick Barot
We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People – Dao Strom
flesh, tongue – Yaya Yao
Hard Love Province – Marilyn Chin
Naturalism – Wendy Xu
The Burden of Being Burmeseko ko thett
Solar MaximumSueyeun Juliette Lee
Crevasse – Nicholas Wong

Contradictions in the DesignMatthew Olzmann 
Hardly War – Don Mee Choi
Into the CycloramaAnnie Kim
Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers  – Cheonhak Kwon
Violet Energy Ingots  – Hoa Nguyen
Night Sky with Exit Wounds  – Ocean Vuong
Overpour Jane Wong
Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines  – Natalie Wee
Anemochory  – Leah Silvieus
Lunch Portraits  – Debora Kuan

Pop Vérité R Zamora Linmark 
I Wore My Blackest Hair  – Carlina Duan
Thousand Star Hotel  – Bao Phi
Aspara in New York  – Sokunthary Svay
The Magic My Body Becomes  – Jess Rizkallah
Having a Coke with GodzillaKazumi Chin
A House Made of WaterMichelle Lin
The Flayed City – Hari Alluri

The Undressing  – Li-Young Lee
Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems  –  Jennifer S. Cheng
We Play a Game – Duy Doan
Landia  – Ceina Su
Emigre  – Geneve Chao
What Is Not BeautifulAdeeba Shahid Talukder
City of the FutureSesshu Foster
Sheep Machine – Vi Khi Nao
The Displaced Children Of Displaced ChildrenFaisal Mohyuddin