Join our Twitter Q&A Chat with Fonda Lee – Author of Jade City!

Hi all,

We’re excited to invite you to our Twitter Q&A #AsianLitChat with Fonda Lee, author of Jade City!

Friday, March 28 – 7pm PST / 10pm EST

Saturday, March 29 – 2pm AEDT / 4pm NZDT

Or add your city to the timezone converter to join in!

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All the best,

The LitCelebrAsian team

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On The Importance of Difficult Themes in Picture Books – A Guest Post by Meera Sriram

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Picture books are an influential medium, they have the ability to make children ponder, imagine, and question. There’s so much beauty and power in their brevity and visual appeal. Growing up in India, I did not have access to this category of books. I was introduced to them as an adult. And as a parent raising kids in the U.S, I’ve relied on them for everything – from potty training and early learning to first-times and friendship woes. I fell in love with them so much that I followed my heart and began writing them. However, I often wonder about themes that are not commonly seen in mainstream picture books (while I find them more accessible in books that cater to older children). If you think about events, people, places, and experiences that young kids are exposed to on a daily basis through social interactions or via media, we don’t really include most of them in our stories.

Many families are caught up in all sorts of struggles, small and big, everyday or long term. And children are great observers and sensors – they notice, listen, and particularly pick up on the mildest disruptions. Why then do we shy away from centering stories around topics like poverty or terminal illness, alcoholism, disability, guns, divorce, adoption or death? These things happen to us, around us. All the time. When my kids lost their first grandparent in India, they were confused, their grief compounded by immigrant-life challenges. My daughter was 6.Read More »

Feb/Mar 2019 Readalong: Jade City by Fonda Lee!

Early happy lunar new year! We’re excited to share that we’re hosting a more casual readalong structure in 2019 for the book club.

To kick off the February + March readalong, join us for Jade City by Fonda Lee!

As it’s a flexible book club, feel free to join in whenever during the two months.

Update:

We’re excited to invite you to our Twitter Q&A #AsianLitChat with Fonda Lee, author of Jade City!

Friday, March 28 – 7pm PST / 10pm EST

Saturday, March 29 – 2pm AEDT / 4pm NZDT

Or add your city to the timezone converter to join in!

Have you started reading Jade City_ What other books by Asian authors are you reading_(2)

We hope to see you there!

New Releases: December Books by Asian Authors!

We are excited to share a few new books in December!

A mix of kid-lit, young adult, and adult books are listed below.

Thanks to our Lit CelebrAsian team members: Glaiza and Shenwei for taking the time to research and compile this list.

Note: This is a just a small sample of releases out in December, so let us know what books you’re excited for.


~ Young Adult ~

4079809229 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz

Young adult contemporary
Release date: 
1st of December, 2018
“Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?”Read More »

Defeating Self-Defeat in Asian Representation – A Guest Post by Mike Chen

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I’ve always considered myself an accepting person. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, I always knew when certain things felt right or wrong, when it was important to push for progress.

But all of that always pointed outward. As a Chinese-American and a child of immigrants, internal acceptance came much harder; in fact, on the cusp of 40, it’s still a struggle. No matter how much I fought for others, it was difficult to fight for myself — even in the face of explicit racism towards my parents. In those situations, a lot of internalized victim-blaming happened. “If only my parents weren’t so Chinese” or “if only they weren’t so frugal” or “if only their accents weren’t so thick.”

Because I hated being Chinese. The constant messages from culture were obvious: Asians of any type weren’t cool or sexy or heroic. And even if Asians made it on screen, we were all lumped together into one generic Asian bucket, regardless of South Asian, South-East Asian, West Asian and Central Asian identities.Read More »