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Asian Heritage Month

The rich and diverse cultural contributions of Asian and Asian-Canadian writers are celebrated with this booklist of recent fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, teens and children.

Cho, Michael (Illustrator)
A graphic novel featuring Corinna, longing for companionship, numbed with the monotony of her life but feel a little more alive whenever she steals something from a shop.
Cho, Tom, author.
Published to acclaim in Australia, this funny, fantastical, often outlandish collection features a hero that shape-shifts through pop culture, all the while questioning of nature of identity, whether cultural, racial, sexual, gender, or all of the above.
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Chow, Olivia, 1957- author.
A candid memoir about influences and events shaping the life of seasoned politician and public figure.
Clarkson, Adrienne, 1939- author.
What does it mean to belong? How do we belong? Who do we belong to? Integral questions discussing citizenship throughout the ages at the heart of the 2014 Massey Lecture series given by Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada.
Jamal, Tasneem, author.
A story of three generations of an Indian family drawn to Africa in search of a better life: their loves, losses and sudden expulsion at the hands of one of the world's most terrifying tyrants.
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Lau, Doretta, author.
Building on the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, these short stories present an updated and whimsical take on what it means to be Canadian.
Lui, Elaine, author.
A loving mother-daughter memoir that will have readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and reconsidering the honesty and courage it takes to be a parent.
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Sakamoto, Mark, 1977- author.
A biographical story of forgiveness that intertwines the lives of a Canadian soldier held as a prisoner of War in Japan and a Japanese Canadian family, interred in a work camp in rural Alberta, as the war rips away their lives and their humanity.
Sze, Elsie, 1946-
A tale of tragedy, rebellion and romance that unfolds in the jungles of the gold mining country, Borneo.
Thúy, Kim, author.
Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in war, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive and helps finds Mãn a husband--a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal. A triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined
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Woo, Elaine, author.
Focusing on family, love, culture, self, society and nature; Woo's themes are both personal and universal, depicting minority experiences and challenges and sometimes weaving meaning with form, such as a descending slither that forms a poem about the fear of snakes.
Shraya, Vivek, 1981-
A collection of 21 short stories following an Indo-Canadian boy who is exploring the sense of belonging, family, religion, and sexual orientation.
Tamaki, Mariko, author.
Award-winning graphic novel about two summer friends, Rosie and Windy, whose summer is filled with teenage love and family crisis.
Wong, David H. T., 1959-
The story starts with Wong Ah Gin's first arrival to San Francisco. It continues to follow his subsequent generations who took part in the building of the railroad, who suffered under the Chinese Exclusion Act, and their participation in World War Two and beyond.
Li, Jian (Art teacher), author, illustrator.
After a visit to the special exhibition of the terracotta army, Ming took home a toy figurine of a General. This General comes alive and takes Ming to meet the entire army.
This is the second book in the Cherry Blossom series. It follows Michiko's time in the internment camp and how a former baseball player helps to make Michiko's life better there.
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Nakamura, Raymond, 1962- author.
Inspired by the Japanese story of Peach Boy, a farmer and his wife discover a giant peach. When it opens, Momoko pops out and she is ready to find out the truth about a scary local ogre.
Thong, Roseanne, author.
Grandfather Tu is famous for his special noodle and he encourages her granddaughter, Mei, to discover her own.
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Suneby, Elizabeth, 1958- author.
In this tale, based on a true story, Razia determines to convince her father and oldest brother that allowing her to attend the new girls' school in their village will benefit her family and community.
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Uegaki, Chieri, author.
A beginner violinist, Hana Hashimoto has signed up for a talent show. She practices daily and determines to do her best.
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Yee, Paul, author.
A simple recipe comes with each fairy tale and folklore shared in this cookbook.