Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As part of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Santa Ana Public Library will feature AA and NHPIs authors and titles as a contribution to the national movement, #StopAsianHate. SAPL and the City of Santa Ana condemn racism, xenophobia, and hate against Asian Americans and all peoples of every nation and background. Check out some of our featured book titles and events happening at the library!

Library events for AA and NHPIs Heritage Month

Books for Adults

Eat a Peach : A Memoir

By Chang, David

In 2004, Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny, stark space in Manhattan's East Village. Its young chef-owner, David Chang, worked the line, serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups. It would have been impossible to know it at the time--and certainly Chang would have bet against himself--but he, who had failed at almost every endeavor in his life, was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation, driven by the question, "What if the underground could become the mainstream?"

El intérprete del dolor

By Lahiri, Jhumpa

Los nueve relatos que componen este libro revelan la maestría de Lahiri para trazar una compleja cartografía emocional, la de una serie de personajes que en su búsqueda de la felicidad traspasan fronteras geográficas, culturales y generacionales. Ambientadas tanto en la India como en Estados Unidos, estas historias despliegan la riqueza y la profundidad de la mirada de Lahiri, capaz de detectar los más sutiles conflictos en las relaciones humanas y plasmarlos con una delicadeza incisiva y conmovedora. Nadie que, por cualquier motivo imaginable, se haya sentido alguna vez en su vida extraño y alienado del mundo podrá evitar darse por aludido en estos relatos.

Así pues, en estas páginas soberbias, Jhumpa Lahiri plasma un complejo tapiz de emociones y desasosiegos, una incursión a la intimidad de las personas que, indefectiblemente, resulta cautivadora por su belleza, su poder de evocación y la perennidad de su discurso.

My Year Abroad

By Lee, Chang-Rae

Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

By Vuong, Ocean

A young man named Little Dog writes a letter to his mother, who cannot read, investigating a family history begun in Vietnam and addressing stark issues of race, class, and masculinity. If Vuong’s debut novel is anything like his exquisite full-length poetry debut, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a T.S. Eliot Prize winner and LJ Best Poetry Book, it will be sensational.

Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning

By Hong, Cathy Park

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative--and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

By Zhang, C Pam

Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.

If I had your face : a novel

By Cha, Frances

Even as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face...even before a fortune-teller told me so. Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a room salon, an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood. Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies. Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplance. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace.

Fiona and Jane : Stories

by Ho, Jean Chen

Best friends since second grade, Fiona Lin and Jane Shen explore the lonely freeways and seedy bars of Los Angeles together through their teenage years, surviving unfulfilling romantic encounters, and carrying with them the scars of their families' tumultuous pasts. Fiona was always destined to leave, her effortless beauty burnished by fierce ambition--qualities that Jane admired and feared in equal measure. When Fiona moves to New York and cares for a sick friend through a breakup with an opportunistic boyfriend, Jane remains in California and grieves her estranged father's sudden death, in the process alienating an overzealous girlfriend. Strained by distance and unintended betrayals, the women float in and out of each other's lives, their friendship both a beacon of home and a reminder of all they've lost.

Books and Media for Teens

Crying in H Mart : A Memoir

by Zauner, Michelle

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings [videorecording]

Based on the original Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi from the 1970s, who appeared in his own solo series “The Hands of Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu,” this film follows the superhero's transition from childhood to adulthood. Trained by his infamous Chinese father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) uses his hand-to-hand combat skills to defeat those that mean him harm through his father. But as Shang-Chi grows up, he must confront the fact that the man who trained him may be the man he must defeat. Co-starring Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and Florian Munteanu. ~ Clare Perez-Izaguirre Lopez, Rovi

Light From Uncommon Stars

by Aoki, Ryka

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.

The Keeper of Night

by Baker, Kylie Lee

A girl of two worlds, accepted by none... death is her destiny.

Everything Sad is Untrue : (a true story)

by Nayeri, Daniel

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls 'Daniel') stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much. But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy ... and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

How We Fall Apart

by Zhao, Katie

In a YA thriller that is Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying, students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead.

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous

by Park, Suzanne

A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story"--When Sunny Song accidentally films a PG-13 cooking video that goes viral (#browniegate), she is shipped off to a digital detox farm camp in Iowa for a whole month. She's traded in her WiFi connection for a butter churn, and if she wants any shot at growing her social media platform this summer, she'll need to find a way back online. Thanks to some unexpected friendships, Sunny might be surprised by the connections she makes when she is forced to disconnect. -- adapted from back cover

I'll Be the One

by Lee, Lyla

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity--perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Black Water Sister

by Cho, Zen.

Family, ghosts and local gods collide, in this delightful Malaysian-set novel - by Hugo award-winning author Zen Cho.

Free Movies and Documentaries on Kanopy

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Asian Americans

This series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, and cultural innovation. It is a timely look at the role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation.

The Farewell

In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

Finding Kukan: Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's

KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When filmmaker Robin Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of KUKAN, she pieces together the inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it -- Chinese American playwright Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

Kusama – Infinity

The top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. People are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms, as she continues to create new work every day.

Meet the Patels

In this real-life "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," an Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family so he can start looking for a wife the traditional Indian way.

Princess Kaiulani

The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii

"Winner of the 2017 Asian American International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, Documentary, PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAII tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.

Who Is Arthur Chu?: A Jeopardy Champion Fighting for Social Change

This acclaimed documentary follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu as he attempts to leverage his viral celebrity to make positive social change online.

Following a world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, the film has played in competition at Hot Docs, screened as the Centerpiece film at CAAMfest and DisOrient Film Festival, and garnered a Best Documentary Jury Award at the Austin Asian American Film Festival.

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