Ask AF: Reading Up on Racism

Anti-Asian racism is still prevalent in our society — but it may be harder to find reading materials on it.

Q: Can you recommend some books about anti-Asian racism?


A: In Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Basic), Frank Wu discusses the damaging effect of “positive” stereotypes and the entrenched perception of Asians as “foreigners.” Eric Liu tells what it’s like to grow up as a second-generation Chinese-American in his memoir, The Accidental Asian (Vintage).

Books for kids include Chinese Eyes (Herald), by Marjorie Waybill, and We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo (Albert Whitman), by Linda Girard.


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