I’m glad to hear that Asian Lit Bingo is back as I had a great time last year reading books to fit the categories. Here is my wrap-up from last year.
This month-long challenge is in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month and you can learn all the details here at Lit CelebrAsian.
Here are the rules:
- Fiction books should have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but reading #ownvoices books is strongly encouraged!
- Nonfiction books should be by an Asian author with a focus on Asian people, whether it’s a[n] [auto]biography, history book, essay collection, etc. A nonfiction book can count for prompts other than the nonfiction square provided that it that focuses on a person/group that corresponds to that prompt (e.g. an autobiography of a Asian trans woman could count for either the nonfiction category or the LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC category).
- The free space is for any book with an Asian main character by an Asian author.
Here’s my pool. I know I probably won’t be able to read all the books on this list but it’s always fun making up a list!
East Asian MC – Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Asian Refugee MC – Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Asian immigrant MC – Americanized : rebel without a green card by Sara Saedi
Asian MC with disability – Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee
Multiracial/Multiethnic Asian MC – Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang
LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC – Wave by Hoa Pham
West Asian MC – Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Asian Muslim MC – Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Religious Asian MC – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Poor or Working Class Asian MC – Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
SFF with Asian MC – The Gatekeeper by Nuraliah Norasid
Historical Fiction with Asian MC -The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1) by Sujata Massey
Retelling with Asian MC – Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Contemporary with Asian MC – How I became a North Korean by Krys Lee
Graphic novel with Asian MC – Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
Queer romance with Asian MC – If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Romance with POC/Indigenous love interest – I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo
Central Asian MC – ?
Translated work by an Asian author – Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
South East Asian MC – Man by Kim Thuy
Asian Superhero MC – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Asian Transracial Adoptee MC – The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Non-fiction by Asian Author –
The porcelain thief: searching the Middle Kingdom for buried China by Huan Hsu
South Asian MC – Half Life by Roopa Farooki