ABC Asian Books Challenge 2021

Happy Asian Heritage Month! Based on popular demand, we are hosting another Asian Books Challenge this year. ⁣For 2021, we are asking folks to share a book by an Asian or Asian diasporan author for every letter of the English alphabet. You can alphabetize by title and/or authors and fill out the board in whichever order you like.

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#132 – Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

On this episode, we discuss our March 2021 book club pick, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, an Asian inspired fantasy/action/romance taking about Lei, an independent girl whos been taken from her family to serve as a “Paper Girl” in the Chinese-inspired imperial court of the demon bull king.  We chat about the books themes of oppression and objectification of women, as well as Lei’s romance with fellow Paper Girl Wren.

Trigger Warning: Discussion of psychlogical and sexual abuse

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#131 – March 2021 Book News

We check in on the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our March 2021 mid-month check-in! 

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The Asian American community is going through a time of collective grief following a year of rising racial tensions and fear, punctuated by this week’s tragic murders in Atlanta. To our listeners who are looking for ways to take more direct action, either to spread the word, protect our community, or support the victims, here are some resources for you:

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10 Time Travel Books by Authors of Asian Descent

It feels surreal that we’re now living in 2020. Just imagine, the last two decades brought us e-commerce, social media, Airbnbs, and yoga pants. While I doubt that Judgement Day will ever happen, it’s hard to predict what will await us in the next decade. Maybe VR will replace office commutes. Maybe we’ll find a cure for Alzheimer’s, or global warming might wipe out half our planet. Who knows? It’s the limitless possibilities that make the idea of time travel so alluring to writers and readers alike. Time travel books allow us to explore fantastical futures and pasts.

Publishing has come a long way since the days of H.G. Wells’ 1895 Time Machine. There are now thousands of books about the rewards and dangers of time travel, many of them written by authors of color. Here are 10 time travel books written by authors of Asian descent.

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