Literary News: A NEW Book Club Launched To Explore Asian American Identity


Starting this month, Gold House is launching its new initiative – a Book Club to uncover and codify Asian identity through other artistic mediums. This summer they held a pilot event called The Joy Luck Club which was extremely successful. Post the success of which, they decided to formalize the Book Club as a series of curated book lists and virtual events. With an aim to continue important conversations around identity by exploring critical themes raised in each of the books, including immigration, intersectional identities, and generational and bi-cultural differences, this book club sounds promising.

The Book Club is going to be first of its kind with a definitive list to help Asian Americans better understand their identity and culture in today’s political and social climate.

The inaugural Book Club List is enticing as it features selected books carefully curated through a rigorous process with the help of an Advisory Council which includes some of the leading Asian American writers, activists, and academics, including Amy Tan, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, and many of the nation’s leading Asian American Studies professors.

Beginning in October, every month one title will be featured in honor of Filipino American Heritage Month. Each List will also feature a selection of Asian American children’s books which highlight diverse themes. As an added bonus, the live events will feature interactive story hours and panel discussions featuring some of the members from the Advisory.

They have an exciting line-up of titles for readers across age-groups which includes:

  • (October 2020) Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
  • (November 2020) Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
  • (December 2020) How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
  • (January 2021) American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • (February 2021) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • (March 2021) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beginner Books: 

  • A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen
  • Round Is A Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong

Early Readers: 

  • Hot Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by Farhana Zia
  • The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Too Many Mangos by Tammy Paikai

Middle Grade Readers:

  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • More to the Story by Hena Khan
  • The Mystery of the Masked Medalist by Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

You can find the whole list on their webpage and also download the list of books featured in the Book Club from there.


About Gold House

Gold House is the largest nonprofit collective of Asian cultural leaders dedicated to forging stronger bonds that deliver more authentic and successful lives. Our ventures include membership systems and benefits to fortify relationships among Asians and with other marginalized communities (All of Us Movement); championing authentic Asian representation through media to reshape public opinion (Gold Open and A100 List); and accelerating economic success and commercial representation through Asian founders (Gold Rush). To learn more, visit www.goldhouse.org or follow @GoldHouseCo on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

You can know more about it and also participate through their website: www.goldhouse.org/bookclub

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