Books with Asian, Asian American, & Pacific Islander Themes
For books with Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander themes, try searching the library catalog for the following subject headings:
Asian Americans -- Biography.
Pacific Islander Americans -- Biography.
Hmong (Asian people) -- Juvenile literature.
Hmong Americans -- Juvenile literature.
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .P4648 B199
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
"Narrated by two teenage boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of Burma's many ethnic minorities, this coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma. Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields. Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion when the boys' stories intersect."
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator); Lark Pien (Inked or colored by)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM PN6727.Y36 B68 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant. ANew York Times bestseller China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils" - Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity. Boxers & Saintsis an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes - the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift.American Born Chineseauthor Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith. Discover the other side of the Boxer Rebellion inSaints -the companion volume toBoxers.
Colors of Japan by Holly Littlefield; Helen Byers (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM DS821 .L57 1997
Publication Date: 1996-01-08
What color is Japan? It's pink like cherry blossoms, green like tea, and orange like the lava from an erupting volcano. Get to know Japan in this beautifully illustrated introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Dia's Story Cloth by Dia Cha; Chue; Nhia Thao Cha (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM DS509.5.H66 D53 1996
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
A Hmong American tells of her people's search for freedom. One of the most poignant, beautifully told family histories which brings alive the Hmong story as never seen before.
I. M. Pei by Jill Rubalcaba; I.M. Pei
Call Number: M CURRICULUM NA737.P365 R83 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Jill Rubalcaba tells the conflict-ridden stories behind six of Pei's most celebrated buildings, all turning points in Pei's distinguished career: National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO); John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston, MA); National Gallery of Art, East Building (Washington, DC), Fragrant Hill Hotel (near Forbidden City, China); Louvre (Paris, France), and the Miho Museum (Japan). Each story, illustrated with drawings, architectural plans, and photographs, follows Pei on his journey--from his search for design inspiration, through the trials of construction, to the finished project. Although Pei claims that he does not have a stylistic signature, his buildings are identified by geometric form and minimalist beauty, an integral relationship with their natural surroundings, and a profound respect for the past while exceeding the needs of those who utilize them. His architectural sensibilities and achievements have made Pei one of the premier architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Pei once explained his approach as requiring "a full understanding of the three essential elements--time, place, purpose--to arrive at an ideal balance." Pei's awards, buildings, a timeline, notes, suggested reading, and websites are also included.
I Am an American by Jerry Stanley
Call Number: M CURRICULUM D769.8.A6 S73 1994
Publication Date: 1994-08-16
Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese-American Internment During World War II by Peggy Daniels Becker
Call Number: M CURRICULUM D769.8.A6 B43 2014
Publication Date: 2013-11-13
Provides a detailed account of the evacuation and internment of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans; describes living conditions in the camps; discusses the economic, emotional, and physical toll on interned Japanese-Americans; and ponders the legacy of internment on American society. Includes biographies, primary sources, and more.
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .K1147 K57
Publication Date: 2004-02-01
A Japanese-American family struggles to build a new life in the Deep South of Georgia in this luminous novel, winner of the Newbery Medal. kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future. Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.
Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds; Leslie Swartz; Meilo So (Illustrator); Children's Museum of Boston Staff
Call Number: M CURRICULUM GT4883.A2 S56 2002
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. They can feast on golden New Year's dumplings and tasty moon cakes, build a miniature boat for the Dragon Boat Festival and a kite at Qing Ming, or share the story of the greedy Kitchen God or the valiant warrior Hou Yi. This stunning compilation from bestselling cookbook author Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz of the Children's Museum, Boston, is the perfect gift for families that have embraced Chinese holidays for generations--and for those just beginning new traditions.
The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .K1147 T443
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
The winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck--which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family. Summer knows that kouun means "good luck" in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan--right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss's cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own. Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished--but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family. Cynthia Kadohata's ode to the breadbasket of America has received six starred reviews and was selected as a National Book Award Finalist.
Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .R73 T64 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are. After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as--even better than--her boy cousins. Luckily, Yeung Ying's mother thinks "girls and boys are just the same." Despite protests from her husband's family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to private school. There Yeung Ying begins to fall in love with books and writing. Combining this new passion with the colorful experiences of her daily life, Yeung Ying discovers that even girls can dare to dream. In her first collection of poems, Ching Yeung Russell captures elements of her youth in rich, vivid snapshots and authentic detail. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to spirited Yeung Ying, her dynamic family, and her courage in the face of life's obstacles.
Yell-Oh Girls! by Vickie Nam; Phoebe Eng (Foreword by)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM E184.O6 .Y45 2001
Publication Date: 2001-07-31
In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic converstions about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, family matters, body image, and the need to find one's voice. With a foreword by Phoebe Eng, as well as contributions from accomplished Asian American women mentors Janice Mirikitani, Helen Zia, Nora Okja Keller, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Elaine Kim, Patsy Mink, and Wendy Mink, Yell-Oh Girls! is an inspiring and much-needed resource for young Asian American girls.
Yoko by Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .W455 Y54
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
Mmm, Yoko's mom has packed her favorite for lunch today-sushi! But her classmates don't think it looks quite so yummy. "Ick!" says one of the Franks. "It's seaweed!" They're not even impressed by her red bean ice cream dessert. Of course, Mrs. Jenkins has a plan that might solve Yoko's problem. But will it work with the other children in class? Now in paperback for the first time, this tender story from Rosemary Wells demonstrates the author's uncanny understanding of the pleasures and pains of an ordinary school day.