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Recommended reading for adults, teens and children in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

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Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956- author.
Nine-year-old Yasmin and her friends Reeni and Anil work together to launch a campaign to save Book Uncle's free lending library.
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Miyakoshi, Akiko, 1982- author.
A boy is excited for a promised visit to the beach with his parents, except a storm is coming. That night in his dreams, he manages to blow the storm away.
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Mook-Sang, Jennifer, author.
Jelly Miles is participating in the speech competition because of the awesome prize. He never intends to compete with the class know-it-all.
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Narsimhan, Mahtab, author.
Dylan jumps at the chance to spend three weeks in India with his friend, Rohit, who dreads the trip. It doesn't help that Dylan gets entangled in one disaster after another.
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Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author.
A beautiful picture book depicting how a five-year-old boy receives a bindi from his mother and learns the significance of it.
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Tsiang, Sarah, 1978- author.
When the sun goes down at the end of the day, the night children come out to play.
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Chen, E. L. (Eaine), 1977- author.
During the Chinese Festival of Hungry Ghosts, Tori Wong feels her late brother's spirit angrier than usual.
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Ha, Robin, author.
This graphic novel is filled with easy-to-make recipes of delicious Korean dishes.
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Lee, Sungju, author.?UNAUTHORIZED
Lee and McClelland recount the life that Lee led when he was forced to live on the streets in North Korea at the age of twelve.
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Fourteen women share their daily experiences in India in this anthology of comics.
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Chang, Janie.
Abandoned by her mom in the courtyard of an estate, seven-year-old Jialing is taken in by the new estate owner, the Yang family, as a bond servant. She soon learns that she is a zazhong (Eurasian) and faces a lifetime of contempt from Chinese and Europeans.
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Choi, Ann Y. K, author.
Fifteen-year-old Mary (her Korean name is Yu-Rhee) struggles between two cultures as she lives above her family's downtown Toronto convenience store in the 1980s. A Toronto Book Award finalist.
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Irani, Anosh, 1974- author.
Identified as "hijra" (a person belonging to the third sex), Mahdu has left prostitution and her tightly-knit clan of transgender sex trade workers. But she is forced to take on a job offered by the most fearful brothel owner and her task is to prepare a "parcel," a young girl from the provinces, betrayed and trafficked by her own aunt.
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Kutsukake, Lynne, author.
Told through rich, interlocking story lines, Kutsukake shows how war shapes the lives of people on both sides and how love translates across cultures.
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Lee, Jen Sookfong, author.
While going through her late mother's belongings, Jessica Campbell discovers the bodies of Casey and Jamie Cheng, a pair of runaway children, in the basement.
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Shimotakahara, Leslie, author.
Lily Takemitsu goes missing from her Toronto home. While searching for Lily, her daughter, Rita is forced to confront her family's past in a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War.
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Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author.
A poetry collection about the origin, functions, and limitations of the skin.
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A collection of six plays from acclaimed and award-winning South Asian Canadian playwrights, exploring themes such as family, love, trauma, and race.
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Surendra, Rajiv
When Surendra found out that his favourite novel, Life of Pi would be a motion picture, he was determined to land the lead role. To learn the role of a sixteen year-old Tamil schoolboy, he dropped out of university and purchased a one-way ticket to India.
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Thanh, Yasuko, author.
Thanh's debut novel tells the story of the five men who have worked together to overthrow the French colonial forces in Vietnam.
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Vassanji, M. G, author.
Sometime in the future, immortality becomes possible, but at times, past memories return. Dr. Frank Sina is an expert in sealing away those past memories, until the day a patient's past starts to haunt them both.
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