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Contemporary Literature of the Immigrant Experience in the United States: East Asia


“Maybe it wasn't about the moving to new places, but about the challenge of staying put.” 

-- Lisa Ko, The Leavers

Recommended Literature

Lisa Ko Speaks at Miami Book Fair, 2017

Relevant Books

Relevant Organizations

Kaya Press

Kaya Press publishes challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas, including experimental poetry, noir fiction, film memoir, avant-garde art, performance pieces, “lost” novels, and more. Kaya's website publishes literature- and author-related news and highlights its events.

Asian American Writers' Workshop

Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. Its website includes literary news, fiction and poetry, essays, and interviews, as well as information on its events and projects.

Museum of Chinese in America

In addition to preserving and presenting the history and culture of Chinese Americans in the form of collections and exhibitions, the Museum of Chinese in American often hosts lectures and talks by writers whose work addresses the Chinese American experience.

Jenny Zhang Interview at Shakespeare Bookstore in Paris, 2018

The Asian American Immigrant Experience, Talk at Asia Society, 2018

Relevant Publications & Awards

Hyphen Magazine

Hyphen is an American print and online magazine, founded in 2002 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area journalists, activists, and artists. This news and culture magazine, media outlet, and community partner highlights Asian America through investigative features, including on health, immigration, and the legal system; interviews with writers and artists; profiles of Asian American activists, artists, athletes, and others; pop culture analysis; fiction and poetry; and more.

CUNY Forum Asian American/Asian Studies

Published by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY, this open-access journal publishes research done by scholars, activists, artists, and institutions to showcase critical voices on the Asian American experience and transcultural issues.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association's annual Award for Literature recognizes recent work that addresses Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage and demonstrates strong artistic and literary merit. Previous winners include some works of literature included in this LibGuide.