Happy Lunar New Year! Also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year begins on the night of the second new moon after the winter solstice, and is commonly celebrated by East Asian communities around the world. This year's two-week-long celebration commenced on February 16, ringing in The Year of the Dog.
To celebrate, here are eight recommendations featuring Asian-American authors, organized by genre.
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, two fifteen-year-olds—Day, a famous criminal and prodigy, June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him—discover that they have a common enemy.
Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
A week before high school graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs suddenly finds his life falling apart and the other students turning against him. Somehow, it all started with a hypothetical question about donating a kidney—but really it goes much deeper, all the way back to the death of Higgs' older brother.
Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim, the copy editor for her San Diego high school's newspaper, accidentally submits a piece ripping everyone to shreds, suddenly finding herself the center of unwanted attention. When the teacher in charge of the paper then asks her to write a regular column, Holly's troubles really start.
Three stories on the struggles of fitting in, bullying, and finding your place in the world. Story one: The only Chinese-American kid at his high school, Jin Wang has to deal with jocks, bullies, and no friends. Things only get worse when he falls in love with an American girl. Story two: The Monkey King, master of the arts of kung-fu, is not content with being the most powerful monkey on Earth, when he could be a God. Story three: When Danny’s cousin Chin-Kee, the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, comes to visit, it always spells disaster. But this year, things go from bad to worse.