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Stop Asian Hate

We are profoundly saddened and outraged by the recent violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people and by the ongoing systemic lack of accountability. We stand in solidarity with all those seeking to create long-lasting change in our communities.

HoCoPoLitSo was founded to celebrate diverse literary heritages and to foster literary appreciation in diverse populations, including varying gender, ethnic and cultural identities, age groups, and income levels. We believe that opening a book, reading a poem, or attending a literary event can be a powerful humanistic journey of exploration, education, and enlightenment. 

To this end, over the years HoCoPoLitSo has hosted an inclusive list of authors, and our video series reflects that diversity. We are committed to the ongoing collaborative process of inclusion. As a way to address, extend, and deepen these crucial conversations about the AAPI experience, audiences can watch featured authors reading their work, with introductions by local actors. 

Poetry Moment and Writing Life videos by HoCoPoLitSo include:

Though this list is not exhaustive, HoCoPoLitSo also recommends these works by AAPI writers. Look for these titles on Bookshop.org to support independent booksellers around the country.

Anthology 

  • Go Home! edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers edited by Frank Chin, Jeffrey Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada and Shawn Wong 

Nonfiction 

  • We Gon’ Be Alright by Jeff Chang
  • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong 
  • The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap by Gish Jen
  • The Magical Language of Others by EJ Koh  
  • The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
  • Fairest by Meredith Talusan
  • Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu
  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Fiction

  • White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol
  • Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
  • Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
  • Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
  • The Resisters by Gish Jen
  • East Goes West by Younghill Kang
  • The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories by Caroline Kim
  • The Interpreter by Suki Kim
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Drifting House by Krys Lee
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
  • No No Boy by John Okada
  • The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy
  • The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang 

Poetry 

  • Pilgrim Bell: Poems by Kaveh Akbar
  • The Twenty-Ninth Year by Hala Alyan
  • Hybrida by Tina Chang
  • Obit by Victoria Chang
  • A Portrait of the Self as a Nation by Marilyn Chin
  • DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi
  • Soft Science by Franny Choi
  • Bodega: Poems by Su Hwang
  • A Lesser Love: Poems by EJ Koh
  • The Last Incantation by David Mura 
  • Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil 
  • Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal 
  • 3 Sections by Vijay Seshandri
  • A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok
  • Peach State: Poems by Adrienne Su 
  • A Cruelty Special to Our Species by Emily Jungmin Yoon

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