Books celebrating Asian heritage to mark the Lunar New Year

It’s the year of the rabbit according to the Lunar New Year, as billions start to celebrate the beginning of Chinese New Year. In many parts of Asia, the new year arrives at the end of January and middle of February, in accordance to the Lunar calendar.In order to celebrate Asian heritage, here are three amazing writers sharing their favourite books.

These works were recommended by Weina Dai Randel, who is the award-winning author of four novels, Night Angels, The Last Rose of Shanghai, The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon. As well as Marie Myung-Ok Lee, a Korean-American author, novelist and essayist. She is a cofounder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). And Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a freelance writer and speaker based in Michigan and Hawaii:

Weina Dai Randel

📚 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

📚 Island of Sea Woman by Lisa See

📚 Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

📚 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

📚 Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen

📚 The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

📚 America Is in the Heart, by Carlos Bulosan

📚 Minor Feelings, by Cathy Park Hong

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

📚 All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

📚 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

📚 The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

新年快乐,祝你步步高升!(Happy New Year, wishing you luck every step of the way!).

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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