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.

Instead of an end of month #AsianLitChat, we’ll post a question for readers to check in the Twitter thread on weekends, so drop in the Twitter conversation below: https://twitter.com/LitCelebrAsian/st…

We hope to see you there!

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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 »

#1KBE – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Author Interview with E.C. Myers

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Welcome to our interview series with writers from A Thousand Beginnings and Endings! Learn more about the anthology inspired #IKBE reading challenge created by Aentee of Read at Midnight here.

Bio: E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of numerous short stories and four young adult books: the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, The Silence of Six, and Against All Silence. His next YA novel, RWBY: After the Fall, will be published by Scholastic in summer 2019. E.C. currently lives with his wife, son, and three doofy pets in Pennsylvania. You can find traces of him all over the internet, but especially at http://ecmyers.net and on Twitter: @ecmyers.

What sparked the inspiration behind the anthology’s short story – The Land of The Morning Calm – and its mixture of MMO video gaming and Korean culture?Read More »