May is Asian American Heritage Month, so I’m participating in the #AsianLitBingo reading challenge hosted by Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erica! (Note from Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erica: “May is technically designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. However, a number of Pasifika activists and friends of mine have stated that lumping together Asian Americans with Pacific Islanders results in the erasure and co-opting of PIs and that they want to have their own spaces to discuss their issues. I am respecting that and keeping the two separate for this challenge.”)
I actually noticed on the first day of May that the next three books on my TBR were all by Asian-American authors: DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao, and STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang (sadly, this doesn’t qualify for the challenge, as the stories don’t focus on Asian main characters). But I was already planning to check out more books by AsAm authors for my next book haul; I have a note on my phone with library pin numbers for The Vagrants by Yiyun Li, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, among others.
You can find all the info you need to participate in the link up top, including handy lists of books for each of the bingo squares! You actually don’t have to score “bingo”– you just need to read three qualifying books for a chance to win a 2017 release by an Asian-American author! Or you can go above and beyond and participate in a more competitive challenge for a chance to win a cool mug!