May Recommended Reading/Viewing: Asian-Pacific Americans

Join the Highline Community College Library in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

According to the Library of Congress: “May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island)…

“The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.”

In addition to punching the railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains, Asian immigrants also helped establish American agriculture in the West, and their children have gone on to success in every other field of endeavor. But the model minority image is a myth, as discrimination persists even today!

We have selected these books, e-books, and videos to provide a variety of factual and literary insights into the lives and experiences that will inform and inspire anyone who cares about our country’s future.


The accidental Asian : notes of a native speaker / Eric Liu.  305.8951 L783a 1999


American knees / Shawn Wong.  813.54 W872a 1996


Aiiieeeee! An anthology of Asian-American writers /Edited by Frank Chin [and others

810.8 A289

All I asking for is my body /Milton Murayama
813.54 M972a 1988

Articulate silences : Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa / King-Kok Cheung.

810.99287 C423a 1993

Asian-American authors / [compiled by] Kai-yu Hsu, Helen Palubinskas.

813 H873a

Asian Americans : vulnerable populations, model interventions, and clarifying agendas / Lin Zhan.
305.895073 A832

Asian American dreams : the emergence of an American people / Helen Zia.

305.895073 Z64a 2000

Babaylan : an anthology of Filipina and Filipina American writers / Nick Carbó and Eileen Tabios
820.809287 B112 2000

The betrayal of Liliuokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917 / Helena G. Allen
996.902092 L728a

Beyond the narrow gate : the journey of four Chinese women from the Middle Kingdom to Middle America / Leslie Chang.

305.488951073 C456b 2000

The Big aiiieeeee! : an anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American literature /edited byJeffery Paul Chan … [et al.].

810.8095 B592

Bonesetter’s Daughter /Amy Tan
813.6 T161b 2001

Breaking the bamboo ceiling : career strategies for Asians : the essential guide to getting in, moving up, and reaching the top / Jane Hyun

650.140895073 H999b 2005

The Cambodian community in the United States / written and edited by Cheth Ouch, Yoosun Park.  305.89596 O93c  1999

China men / Maxine Hong Kingston. 973.04951 K55c 1989

Chinese women of America : a pictorial history / Judy Yung.  305.48 Y95c

Coming home from camp / Lonny Kaneko.

811 K15c

The crane wife / Sharon Hashimoto.  811.54 H348c 2003

Dogeaters / Jessica Hagedorn.  813.54 H141d 1991

Dragon ladies : Asian American feminists breathe fire / edited by Sonia Shah
305.48 D759 1997

The dream shattered : Vietnamese gangs in America / Patrick Du Phuoc Long
364.1066 D812d

East Main Street : Asian American popular culture / edited by Shilpa Davé, LeiLani Nishime, and Tasha Oren

305.895 E13 2005

Everything you need to know about Asian American history / Lan Cao and Himilce Novas. 973.0495 C235e 1996

Falling leaves : the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter / Adeline Yen Mah
305.488951092 M214f 1997

Filipinos, forgotten Asian Americans : a pictorial essay, 1763-circa 1963 / Fred Cordova ;  973.0499 C796f

Forbidden workers : illegal Chinese immigrants and American labor / Peter Kwong
331.62 K989f 1997

The four immigrants manga : a Japanese experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 / Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

979.461092 K62k 1999

Free food for millionaires / Min Jin Lee.  813.6 L479f   2007

A free life / Ha Jin 813.54 J61f 2007

Fresh blood : the new American immigrants / Sanford J. Ungar
5.73 U571f 1998

A gesture life / Chang-rae Lee.  813.54 L477g 1999

Growing up Asian American / edited and with an introduction by Maria Hong ; afterword by Stephen H. Sumida.
810.80895 G884 1995

Heroes / written by Ken Mochizuki ; illustrated by Dom Lee.

813.54 M688h 1995

Hmong means free : life in Laos and America / edited and with an introduction by Sucheng Chan
959.4 H677

How did this happen here? : Japanese internment camps / Leni Donlan.  940.547273 D684h  2008  New Readers Collection

The hundred secret senses / Amy Tan.  813.54 T161h 1998

Insomnia and the aunt / by Tan Lin. 813.6 L735i 2011

Into the fire : Asian American prose / edited by Sylvia Watanabe and Carol Bruchac.

810.8 I61

Jasmine / by Bharati Mukherjee  813.54 M953j 1999

Joy Luck Club /Amy Tan
813 T161j 1991

Khmer American : identity and moral education in a diasporic community / Nancy J. Smith-Hefner.  305.895 S649k  1999

Kitchen God’s Wife /Amy Tan
813 T161k

Last witnesses : reflections on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans / edited by Erica Harth
940.547273 L349 2001

Major problems in Asian American history : documents and essays

973.0495 M234 2003

Making more waves : new writing by Asian American women /edited by Elaine H, Kim, Lilia V. Villanueva, and Asian Women United of California

810.809287 M235 1997

Monitored peril : Asian Americans and the politics of TV representation / Darrell Y. Hamamoto.

791.4509 H198m

Monkey bridge / Lan Cao.  813.54 C235m 1998

My year of meats / by Ruth L. Ozeki.  813.54 O99m 1999

The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri. 813.54 L183n 2003

The new Americans : a guide to immigration since 1965 / edited by Mary C. Waters & Reed Ueda ; with Helen B. Marrow.  2007

No-no boy / by John Okada.  813.54 O41n 1979

Only what we could carry : the Japanese American internment experience / 940.53089 O58 2000

The Pacific islanders /Douglas Ford
973.0499 F699p

The perfect man : a novel / Naeem Murr. 813.54 M979p 2007

Q & A : queer in Asian America / edited by David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom.

306.766 Q11 1998

Quiet odyssey : a pioneer Korean woman in America / Mary Paik Lee
973.004957 L479q 1990

Remapping Asian American history / edited by Sucheng Chan.

973.0495 R384 2003

Seattle’s other history : our Asian-American heritage / Edward Burke
979.7 B959s

Shirakawa : stories from a Pacific Northwest Japanese American community / by Stan Flewelling ; foreword by Gordon Hirabayashi.

973.04956 F618s 2002

The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures / Anne Fadiman.

306.461 F145s 1997

Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans / Ronald Takaki
973.0495 T136s

Strangers in a not-so-strange land: Indian American immigrants in the global age / Arthur W. Helweg

304.873054 H486s      2004

A thousand miles of dreams : the journeys of two Chinese sisters / Sasha Su-Ling Welland. 973.04951 W447t 2007

Turning shadows into light : art and culture of the Northwest’s early Asian/Pacific community / Mayumi Tsutakawa and Alan Chong Lau

305.895 T955

Typical American / Gish Jen  813.54 J512t 1992

Unaccustomed earth / Jhumpa Lahiri.  813.54 L183u 2008

Unraveling the “model minority” stereotype : listening to Asian American youth / Stacey J. Lee.

371.9795 L481u

Vietnamerica : the war comes home / Thomas A. Bass
959.700413 B317v

Vietnamese feminist poems from antiquity to the present : a bilingual

anthology / edited by Nguyễn Thị Minh Hà, Nguyễn Thị Thanh Bình, and Lady Borton ; with an introduction by Lady Borton ; and a foreword by Grace Paley.

895.9221 V666 2007

Voices from Southeast Asia : the refugee experience in the United States / John Tenhula
305.895 T292v 1991

When the emperor was divine : a novel / by Julie Otsuka  813.6 O88w 2003

Yellow : race in America beyond Black and white / Frank H. Wu.

305.895 W959y 2002

Yellow : stories / Don Lee.  813.6 L477y 2002

Warrior lessons : an Asian American woman’s journey into power / Phoebe Eng.

Call Number: 305.895073 E57w 1999

The woman warrior:  memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts/ Maxine Hong Kingston
979.461092 K55w

You make my silence sing! words for people who love / Lonny Kaneko.  811.54 K16y 1989

Electronic Books       

AfroAsian encounters [electronic resource] : culture, history, politics / edited by Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen ; with a foreword by Vijay Prashad and afterword by Gary Okihiro.

Asian Americans in New England [electronic resource] : culture and community / edited by Monica Chiu.

Asian American assimilation ethnicity, immigration, and socioeconomic attainment / Le, C. N.(Cuong Nguyen)

Asian North American identities [electronic resource] : beyond the hyphen / edited by Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Goellnicht.

Becoming Asian American [electronic resource] : second-generation Chinese and Korean American identities / Nazli Kibria

Black, brown, yellow, and left [electronic resource] : radical activism in Southern California / Laura Pulido.  2006

Buddha is hiding [electronic resource] : refugees, citizenship, the new America / Aihwa Ong.

Building diaspora [electronic resource] : Filipino community formation on the Internet / Emily Noelle Ignacio.

Chains of Babylon [electronic resource] : the rise of Asian America / Daryl J. Maeda.

Chinese American transnationalism the flow of people, resources, and ideas between China and America during the exclusion era / edited by Sucheng Chan

Chinese American voices [electronic resource] : from the gold rush to the present / edited with introductions by Judy Yung, Gordon H. Chang, and Him Mark Lai.  2006

Compelled to excel [electronic resource] : immigration, education, and opportunity among Chinese Americans / Vivian S. Louie. 2004

Coolies and cane [electronic resource] : race, labor, and sugar in the age of emancipation / Moon-Ho Jung

Ends of empire [electronic resource] : Asian American critique and the Cold War / Jodi Kim.

Envisioning America [electronic resource] : new Chinese Americans and the politics of belonging / Tritia Toyota. 2010

A feeling of belonging [electronic resource] : Asian American women’s public culture, / Shirley Jennifer Lim.

Ghostlife of third cinema [electronic resource] : Asian American film and video / Glen M. Mimura.

God’s new whiz kids? [electronic resource] : Korean American evangelicals on campus / Rebecca Y. Kim.  2006

Managing multicultural lives [electronic resource] : Asian American professionals and the challenge of multiple identities / Pawan Dhingra.

Mental health among Taiwanese Americans [electronic resource] : gender, immigration, and transnational struggles / Chien-Juh Gu.  2006

Model-minority imperialism [electronic resource] / Victor Bascara.  2006

New roots in America’s sacred ground [electronic resource] : religion, race, and ethnicity in Indian America / Khyati Y. Joshi.  2006

New cosmopolitanisms [electronic resource] : South Asians in the US / edited by Gita Rajan & Shailja Sharma.

Positively no Filipinos allowed [electronic resource] : building communities and discourse / edited by Antonio T. Tiongson, Jr., Edgardo V. Gutierrez, and Ricardo V. Gutierrez ; foreword by Lisa Lowe.

Pure beauty [electronic resource] : judging race in Japanese American beauty pageants / Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain.  2006

Race & resistance [electronic resource] : literature & politics in Asian America / Viet Thanh Nguyen.

The racial middle [electronic resource] : Latinos and Asian Americans living beyond the racial divide / Eileen O’Brien.

Racing romance [electronic resource] : love, power, and desire among Asian American/white couples / Kumiko Nemoto.

Two homelands [electronic resource] / Toyoko Yamasaki ; translation by V. Dixon Morris.

Futatsu no sokoku. English

Government Documents       


Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II / by James C. McNaughton.  D 101.2:N 63  2006  Government Documents



Media (Videos)

Ancestors in the Americas [videorecording] : Chinese in the frontier West : an American story / producer, director, writer, Loni Ding.  325.73 A538c 1998

Becoming American [videorecording] : personal journeys. A conversation with Gish Jen.

973.04951 B398p 2003

Becoming American [videorecording] : personal journeys. A conversation with Shirley Young /

973.04951 B398p 2003

Becoming American [videorecording] : the Chinese experience. [Program 1], Gold mountain dreams  973.04951 B398c 2003

Becoming American [videorecording] : the Chinese experience. [Program 2], Between two worlds  973.04951 B398c 2003

Bharati Mukherjee [videorecording] : conquering America 304.87 M953c


Blue collar and Buddha [videorecording] : a documentary (Laotian Americans) / by Taggart Siegel ; produced by Kati Johnston and Taggart Siegel ; directed by Taggart Siegel ; narration written by Charles Hallisey and Ajaan Xamonhpry Per.  1993 303.482 B658 1993

Dollar a day, 10 ̀a dance [videorecording] : a history portrait of Filipino farmworkers in America  305.89921073 D923d 1984

Dim sum [videorecording] / a film by Wayne Wang

791.4372 D582 2006

Gish Jen [videorecording]  809 L292

The great Pinoy boxing era [videorecording] / by Corky Pasquil

796.83092 G786 1995

Hold your breath [videorecording] / directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen ; producers, Maren Grainger-Monsen ? writer, Olivia Crawford.  2005

In no one’s shadow [videorecording] : Filipinos in America / a project of Visual Communications and Philippine Arts in the Community  304.8730599 I35 1995

In search of no-no boy [videorecording] : classroom edition / Productions.  2007

The Joy Luck Club [videorecording] / Hollywood Pictures.

791.4372 J88 1994

The namesake [videorecording] 791.4372 N1746 2007

Omai Fa’atasi [videorecording] : Samoa mo Samoa / produced by Visual Communications. 1974

Picture bride [videorecording]  791.4372 P611 2004

Monkey dance [videorecording] / a film by Julie Mallozzi (Cambodian Americans)

305.895073 M745 2005

Most honorable son [videorecording] Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2007.

940.5404092 K96 2007

Red white blue November: a film by Saidah Said & Sapana Sakya (about Hmong Americans)

959.4 R312      1995

Troubled paradise [videorecording] 996.904 T859 1992

Voices of challenge [videorecording] : Hmong women in transition 305.906914 V889 1999

Western eyes [videorecording]  305.895071 W527 2000

Who Killed Vincent Chin? [videorecording]  on reserve

Streaming Videos from Films on Demand

Angel island [electronic resource] : story of Chinese immigration / MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. 2000

From a different shore [electronic resource] : Japanese-American experience / Open University.

The Slanted screen [electronic resource] : Asian men in film and television / Smiley Film Distribution & World Sales

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