Stop AAPI Hate

Over the past year there has been an increase in hatred and violence towards members of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Racism against AAPI individuals is not new to America, however. We’ve put together this reading list to help you learn more about AAPI history and experience. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are hundreds of excellent books and movies available. If you need help finding any books, please let us know. If you would like a book that is not currently in our collection, you can request that we add it in print here or digitally here.


Racism, Anti-Racism, Immigration, and Continued Change

Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through World War II by Elliot Young

American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II by Eric Muller

American Intolerance: Our Dark History of Demonizing Immigrants by Robert E. Bartholomew and Anja E. Reumschüssel

America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal by Larry Ward

Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race and Empire by Pankaj Mishra

The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam by Paisley Rekdal

The Burden of White Supremacy: Containing Asian Migration in the British Empire and the United States by David Atkinson

The Color of Success by Ellen Wu

Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority by Madeline Hsu

Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants And The Shaping Of Modern Immigration Law by Lucy Salyer

Racism in America Public Life: A Call for Action by Jonnetta B. Cole

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity by Winono Guo and Priya Vulchi

The New Asian-America

Envisioning America: New Chinese American & the Politics of Belonging by Tritia Toyota

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White by Frank H. Wu


Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad edited by Gordon H. Chang and Shelly Fisher Fishkin

Chinese Chicago by Huping Ling

The Columbia Guide to Asian American History by Gary Y. Okihiro

Everything You Need to Know about Asian American History by Lan Cao and Himilce Nova

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

Roots of the Issei by Andrew Way Leong

Food and History

Chow Chop Suey: Food & the Chinese American Journey by Anne Mendelson

Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States by Andrew Coe

The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Around the Globe edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri

Women’s Rights

All Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World – Essays on Equality, Justice and Freedom by Deborah Santana

Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan by Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci

Memoirs and Biographies

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

The Grave on the Wall by Brandon Shimoda

Letters to Memory by Karen Tei Yamashita

Making Home From War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement edited by Brian Komei Dempster

Nomad: From Islam to American – A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

When Half is Whole: Multiethnic Asian American Identities by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston


America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee

No-No Boy by John Okada

Trying to Find Chinatown: Selected Plays by David Henry Hwang

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang

Books for Teens

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America by Barbara Diggs

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

This Time Will be Different by Misa Sugiura

Wait for Me by An Na

Books for Tweens

Alvin Ho Series by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Mindy Kim Series by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung ho

Front Desk Series by Kelly Yang

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

Books for Children

Eyes That Kiss In the Corners by Joanna Ho

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Respecting the Contributions of Asian Americans by Anna Kingston

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

Zen Shorts by John Muth


America by the Numbers: The New Deciders

Ancestors in the Americas

The Grace Lee Project

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige

Issei: The First Generation

The Japanese Version

The Left Eye of God: Caodaism Travels from Vietnam to California

The Slanted Screen: Hollywood’s Representation of Asian Men in Film & Television

Slaying the Dragon: Media Stereotypes of Asian & Asian American Women

The Split Horn: The Life of A Hmong Shaman in America


Stop AAPI Hate
Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.

Anti-Asian Violence Resources
Resources that have been gathered to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Fight for civil rights and empowering Asian Americans to create a more just America for all.

Asian Americans for Equality
Through community development, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) advances racial, social and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities, guided by our experiences as Asian Americans and our commitment to civil rights.

An Unnoticed Struggle
A Concise History of Asian American Civil Rights Issues

The UnErasing of Asian American Civil Rights History
How decades of erasure of Asian Civil Rights history lead to generations of lost identity.