Best asian american fiction books according to redditors

We found 77 Reddit comments discussing the best asian american fiction books. We ranked the 22 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Asian American Literature & Fiction:

u/yukpurtsun · 44 pointsr/pics
u/tired1680 · 22 pointsr/ProgressionFantasy

Hi guys;

Book 2 of my xanxia cultivation series is out today.

Wu Ying has joined the Inner Sect of the Verdant Green Waters Society. He'll have to establish his place in the Sect as well as learn a secondary occupation to support his growth as an immortal. Expect, as always, action, discussion on the dao and an ever expanding universe.

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u/RedSunBlue · 18 pointsr/AsianMasculinity

> War and brothels go hand in hand with emasculating of Asian male and hypersexualizing of Asian female that got enforced by 3 wars which consolidate it and because it wasn't challenged, its harder to break the stereotype because it is so entrenched.

I would like to take this opportunity to pull a great quote from Viet Thahn Nguyen's Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Sympathizer:

> I am merely noting that the creation of native prostitutes to service foreign privates is an inevitable outcome of a war of occupation, one of those nasty little side effects of defending freedom that all the wives, sisters, girlfriends, mothers, pastors, and politicians in Smallville, USA, pretend to ignore behind waxed and buffed walls of teeth as they welcome their soldiers home, ready to treat any unmentionable afflictions with the penicillin of American goodness.

u/iamcolinwood · 17 pointsr/Cumtown

I found one of his books (I think) on Amazon. No dragons wielding metal, as he promised, but the cover does show a fox wearing a dress holding a sword. It's also free on kindle.

Edit: It's pretty funny so far. The opening scene is an anthropomorphic lobster fighting an anthropomorphic ibex goat. Recommended.

Edit 2: Here's the description:

War-torn Sphere is in constant havoc. Anthropomorphic warlords wage ferocious battles against one another as the corrupt Democracy reigns supreme.

Kitter is a young fox girl who wants nothing more than to practice ballet -- and get revenge against political correctness and pussy liberalism. When magic is first discovered, it changes the landscape of warfare forever, and she must figure out how to battle against the evil majority's new weapon. Unfortunately, the Democracy has created a psychotic supersoldier, Zebrix, who has been enchanted by sorcery and is one of the first Spell Knights introduced into live combat. Can she defeat this lightning-martial artist and his mighty and bloody legions? How can she when she still cannot accept that magic is real?

u/drunkelele · 13 pointsr/books

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The author's writing style reminds me of John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Russo. I could eat it like cake.

u/xamueljones · 12 pointsr/rational

The first book of Street Cultivation is out on Amazon and I enjoyed reading it for free on royalroad so much that I bought a copy to support the author.

You can read the first five chapters on royalroad if you are undecided, but for me, it eases some of the Cradle-withdrawal symptoms I'm suffering through.

It's basically taking the trappings of the wuxia genre and putting it in a modern-day setting, without letting the main character have anything special or unique. He has to dig himself out of poverty with nothing but his smarts, hard work, and a little luck.

Another wuxia recommendation is Cultivating Earth. There's only 20 short chapters out so far, but it's off to a strong start. It's about a cultivator who reached immortality by consuming all qi on a world for 4,000 years. This world resulted in our modern reality. To pay back the karmic debt, he's cultivating Earth.

It was recommended a few weeks ago and I'm posting it again to show how much I liked it.

u/lemonhops · 7 pointsr/selfpublish

Tremendous Books (a fellow Redditor) did a review of my book, Patient 3! Below is a YouTube link and blurb.

In the near future, a mysterious neurological disorder infects one in fifty thousand people and spreads when the host is conscious and active. Cerebral Nervorum quickly leads to the degradation of the individual’s motor functions and memory until an inevitable death finds them days later. Unable to afford gene editing therapy to tame this disease, Michael elects to take the route of being placed into a medically induced coma with the support of his fiancée Eve. This is the common treatment option for the lower and middle class of society to cope until a cure is developed and viable for the general population.

Several years later, Michael and five other patients awaken to a world where an alien force has nearly wiped out the inhabitants of Earth and flattened its cities. The group faces a deadly game of cat and mouse from these beings and simultaneously a race against the clock from the fatal disease eating away at their minds and bodies. Michael and the patients learn there is an underground sanctuary where survivors are gathering a few miles away. What keeps Michael going is an audio journal Eve left for him during his hospital stay. It allows him to hear his love’s voice and gives glimpses of the past and events leading up to the invasion as he traverses the wasteland of the city in search of the human encampment.

If you're still reading, watched the video and still intrigued, here's a link to my book:

u/SpyroConspirator · 6 pointsr/writing

At this point, I think you could read pretty much anything outside of your comfort zone and learn a lot! "Classics" are great, worth your time, and have a lot to offer, but also are likely so different from what you're used to that it might be hard to properly use them as a learning tool--especially ones old enough to be in the public domain.

  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a great contemporary literary fiction novel about a communist Vietnamese spy in America.
  • The Plague by Albert Camus is more in the "classic" age range ('47), and is a compellingly written story about people & society suddenly isolated and confronted with their demise.
  • Any collection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges would be good--they're generally super fascinating, short "concept" stories. He has one about an infinite library (The Library of Babel), a man who dreams another person into being (The Circular Ruins), and a cult of scholars who invent an incredibly elaborate fictional, tangential reality (Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius). He's a hugely influential early "post-modernist" writer.
  • and maybe Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five? This probably falls into the camp of "required high school reading," but it's both classic lit and sci-fi and it's written in a unique style that's basically impossible to describe--a sort of colloquial madman philosopher--that you might find inspiring.

    I realize none of these are public domain, but they shouldn't be too hard to find online or at a library. They're also just books that I've found informative to my own writing, and definitely don't constitute any sort of curriculum (it's also short because I know you're already gonna be buried in recs).
u/DerekRhysAuthor · 4 pointsr/litrpg

I hope it won't be terrible of me to suggest my own book HereAfter: Dragons Rising.

No harem, no distressed damsels, and the mc is (I think) a fairly competent guy.

Only the first part is out at the moment, but after a small hiatus, the second book (of a currently planned five) is almost ready.

Besides that, a relatively lesser known title that I enjoyed (in spite of its flaws) was Bushido Online. I haven't read the sequel, but the first was was pretty good at what it was trying to do.

u/2nds1st · 3 pointsr/pics

The title is Fobolous not sure why you were DV'd peeps are salty today.

u/BigIron60T · 3 pointsr/Fantasy

Puchased! I've had my eye on this book for a while, but I just don't enjoy reading on royalroad. Kindle link US

u/edgie168 · 3 pointsr/asianamerican

Viet Thanh Nguyen's fictional stories are great -- The Sympathizer and his short story collection The Refugees.

If you're looking for something a little more pulpy there's:

Vermilion: The Adventures of Lou Merriwether, Psychopomp

Henry Chang has a series of mystery thrillers with a Chinese-American cop protagonist.

Also of note: (some cross pollination with the link above, but still)

u/justflipping · 2 pointsr/asianamerican

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang - This memoir is what the upcoming ABC sitcom is based on, and it's what WSJ journalist Jefff Yang has said, if unedited, will be "a game-changer for Asian Americans on screen." It's a witty and insightful story of how Eddie Huang bridges his old school parents' background and the American lifestyle of hip-hop and Air Jordans.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - graphic novel that weaves the story of the Chinese tale of the Monkey King, a second generation kid who moves into a primarily white neighborhood and doesn't want to be considered a "Fob", and a white American boy whose Chinese cousin "Chin-kee" visits.

No-No Boy by John Okada - A Japanese American returns home after being interned during WWII and struggles with where he belongs in US society. The term "no-no boy" refers to how interned Japanese Americans answered to a "loyalty questionnaire."

Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee. The protagonist is Henry Park, a Korean American whose identity as an American with a Korean upbringing has impacted all facets of his life, including the strain on his marriage and his excellence as a spy. He goes further into cultural turmoil when he is assigned to spy on a Korean-American politician who during his run for mayor of NYC has to deal with tensions between Blacks and Koreans.

Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine - graphic novel whose protagonist Ben Tanaka is in a struggle with his own identity. His girlfriend is politically active and is involved in the Asian-American community, which he doesn't care much about. Ben denies the relevance of race, yet he has a certain attraction towards white girls and complex about his own attractiveness as an Asian male. Ben is bitter and angry, and his rejection of many things, including his own race distances him from people.

I also liked American Son (story of two Filipino brothers and their mother navigating violence and a new culture in America) by Brian Ascalon Roley and The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspain Kang. The latter is Kang's first novel and it was not spectacular, but I did like his writing style and his use of pop culture from the view of a Korean American. He incorporates the story of the shooter Seung-Hui Cho, which he originally wanted to write a book about to reflect on Korean American male anger. Jay Caspian Kang is already in the media for his journalism pieces, but I'm looking forward to more of his writings and possible continued foray into literature.

u/-dp_qb- · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

PEN award winner Native Speaker is very explicitly not about immigrant struggles in America in a way I think you'll find very helpful.

u/animuseternal · 2 pointsr/communism

Richard Wright's Native Son is an excellent novel from 1940. Wright was a member of the Communist Party and is one of the canonized greats of African American literature. The main character of the novel is introduced to communism, which is instantly regarded as the only ideology that has anything to offer the American black community. Really a great read. Amazon link

Last year's Pulitzer Prize in Fiction was won by Viet Thanh Nguyen with The Sympathizer, which is a spy-thriller about the Vietnam War. While Nguyen does eventually criticize the National Liberation Front, he spends a great deal of the novel criticizing American imperialism as well. Nguyen identifies as Marxist, but is taking a fairly balanced approach here, being rather critical of communism in VN after the death of Uncle Ho. Amazon link

u/hutchero · 2 pointsr/CasualUK

Have a look in the monthly and daily deals sections of the Kindle store, there's some good stuff in there usually, and even if it's crap you've only wasted 99p mostly.

General recommendations:

The power - Naomi Alderman

Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (pretty much any of their solo books are good too).

Quite ugly one morning Chris Brookmyre

[IQ] ( Joe Ide

Republic of Pirates Colin Woodward

Operation Mincemeat - Ben McIntyre , Agent Zigzag and Double Cross are also fascinating and interlinked.

u/Norrinradd058 · 2 pointsr/Vive

I like what you are attempting.

Check this out even if you only listen to the opening story where the character enters the world. May help you with boss mechanic ideas or even creature encounters.

u/AllRadioisDead · 2 pointsr/Blink182

I googled 'fictional book about vietnamese soldiers coming to america'

and it came back with this:

Could be it?

>The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

u/WeAllWantToBeHappy · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Well, to get you in the mood for Vietnam, a few suggestions:

u/KyleG · 1 pointr/movies

Any chance you're talking about The Sympathizer? The guy just won a Pulitzer for it. He's a fucking refugee and his brother, also a fucking refugee, is now some important guy in the Obama administration. Native-born Americans: what the fuck have you done with your mickey mouse life of comfy 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoons?

u/piltass · 1 pointr/Buddhism

I would recommend an introductory textbook.

Stephen Mitchell's intro to Buddhism textbook is used in a lot of intro classes in religious studies departments.

Donald Lopez's "Buddhism in Practice" would be a great resource, too, I imagine. We used his similar book on East Asian religions for an intro class on that topic. They are edited volumes that offer a great commentary by Lopez at the beginning of each section, followed by a collection of articles by top scholars on the subjects. Lopez himself is a very highly regarded scholar in the field.

You can generally find cheap copies on amazon. (the Lopez book on Buddhism is $8 on Amazon, and the Mitchell book is $24.

u/Annoyed_ME · 1 pointr/funny

There's also a pretty good documentary out there about Richard Aoki, one of the founding members of the Black Panthers.

In the context of Vincent Chen, I Hotel is a pretty interesting read.

u/amazon-converter-bot · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/GoAskAlice · 1 pointr/fatpeoplestories

People keep telling me about this book with my username. I've never actually read it. My name comes from this. It's in memoriam of a dead friend who liked drugs a little too much.

I'll have to go pick up that book one of these days. People keep telling me about it.

If you ever remember the name of that other book, which sounds like a Chick tract, just tell me the name. I can go fetch it for myself. No need to be buying me stuff, k.

If you like to read, hell yeah, let's talk. My hubs and I are both bookworms to an amazing degree. I just read one called Everything I Never Told You which won some kind of award from Amazon - best new or first book of the year, can't remember. It's a mindfucker.

The only book that ever made me cry was written from the point of view of a family dog. It was made into a movie that completely sucked, but the end of the book had me bawling. I've had to fight to retrieve that book from people I've loaned it to; only one printing, there aren't that many around, so I wasn't able to just let them keep it.

Want to read one from the point of view of a velociraptor? Here you go.

Another mindfucker: Room. Jesus, this one will have your skin crawling and hair standing up on the back of your neck.

My main thing is historical fiction, though. Gotta be well-researched and accurate - and yes, I check. I can go on and on about this, but the best is Edward Rutherfurd. He takes several lineages and follows them throughout history - Sarum starts in prehistory, do that one first - with a ton of detail.

Hubs is into science fiction, favorite author is Neal Stephenson. We both dig Kim Stanley Robinson, though. If you've never read his stuff, try this. If sci-fi is your thing, I can ask him for some recommendations.

When I say that Himself and I are bookworms, I am not kidding. We turned the dining room into a library to contain the overflow. You walk in our front door, and to your right is a wall; to your left, a library. Pretty fucking cool, if you ask me.

u/rhllor · 1 pointr/Philippines

I'm more into his poetry, so I will recommend the collections Zero Gravity and Amigo Warfare.

For novels I recommend his latest (just released in November), The Descartes Highlands. It has an Alex Garland feel to it. Empire of Memory is excellent - The Beatles in Manila, the Marcoses and protagonists who are drunk in love. Finally, My Sad Republic is probably the most popular, set during the Philippine Revolution.

u/Robert_Cannelin · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Add to that The Sympathizer, which, while a work of fiction, masterfully brings it home on a human level.

u/dizs · 0 pointsr/videos

Reminds me more of this book, here's the trailer for the cyber-accopanyment.

I read the book, Level 26, which wasn't the best... It's an odd read, because the main villain is written to be so unbelievably fucked up. A notable moment, is when he cauterizes some 9/11 old widows vaginas. Yes, you read that right, he attempts to seal some old granny's vaginas with a blow torch. What the fuck. That's not the most fucked up thing in the book, it's just the only one I can sa- oh actually, the villain also gives 3 teenagers who asked him (the villain) to buy beer for them (the teenagers), he eventually takes them back to his house and rapes them, BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! The teens get the option of being raped by

A) a broom handle

B) A baseball bat

C) his obscenely large cock. (I think the book says it's 13")

TL;DR:Reminds me of Level26, and incredibly fucked up digi-novel.

u/stroud · -2 pointsr/pics

OMG this suddenly blew up. I didn't know this would be this upvoted! I just told her now that she's reddit-famous haha. This B&N was in Sugarland in Texas. Thank you for the love everyone! You can find her book in Amazon here haha this is so weird.

Thanks for the suggestion on GoodReads, she doesn't have that, she's an independent writer so she's kinda doing this on her own.