A selected list of non-fiction books for Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.
Ai Weiwei is a leading contemporary Chinese artist who has challenged the politics and social structure of his native China. Because of his unrestrained activity he was imprisoned and had a studio destroyed by the government. This volume presents a survey of the artist's work.
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George Aratani was the son of Japanese immigrants and was incarcerated at the beginning of World War II. In 1944 he was permitted to teach Japanese to American soldiers at The Military Intelligence Service Lanugage School. When he traveled to Japan at war's end, Aratani's business acumen and dreams eventually led to the creation of Mikasa dinnerware and Kenwood electronics. George Aratani's philanthropy helped rebuild the Japanese American community in Los Angeles.
The Huntington Library has several gardens. The Chinese Garden, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, was opened to the public in 2008. Filled with lovely full-page color photographs, the authors discuss the special symbolism of the plants and layout of the garden space.
Explores the new focus on relationships, personal growth, and cultural success, replacing the preoccupation with professional status and money.
2017-2018 Asian Pacific American Award for Adult Non-Fiction
The Nobel Peace Prize 1991 "for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights"
Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
Eddie Huang is one sassy, driven, great cook and owner of Baohaus a popular, lively restaurant in New York’s East Village where Taiwanese street food is served. His fast-paced autobiography, is funny, candid, irreverent and spiced with urban slang.
Firoozeh Dumas uses humor to leaven this memoir of her family’s immigrant experience in America.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education"
The Nobel Peace Prize 2003 Shirin Ibadi "for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children"
Human rights activist and lawyer, Shirin Ibadi won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2003. Prior to the 1979 revolution in Iran, she was the first woman judge in that country, and she recounts her challenges as a woman, mother and lawyer in a country that was in turmoil.
Daniel K. Inouye was the first Japanese-American to serve in the United States House of Representatives and then in the United States Senate. As a Japanese-American, labeled as an enemy alien during World War II, he fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to prove his loyalty. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and until his death, he was the highest ranking Asian American politician in United States history.
Angeleno and rising star in the L.A. culinary landscape, Roy Choi chronicles--with charisma and sincerity--the story of his life and the Los Angeles food scene. From Korean taco inventor with his Kogi truck, to Chego to community-based inititiatives in the inner city, Choi is much more than a celebrity chef. Includes 85 recipes.
A touching and profound memoir about a Hmong family's escape from war-ravaged Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and relocation to Minnesota which has one of the largest Hmong populations in the United States: Hmong Cultural Center in Minnesota
Describes the long-term effects of wartime incarceration on the lives of those who were imprisoned and on later generations, as well as the activism that ensued.
2017-2018 Asian Pacific American Award, Honor, for Adult Non-Fiction.
Najla Said, daughter of Edward Said, well-known Palestinian scholar, relays with humor and insight her thoughts and feelings about growing up as a second-generation Arab-American.
When she was an undergraduate student at Yale University, Maya Lin won the competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. What became an iconic place of remembrance and healing, initially was greeted with vitriol, racial and sexist, directed at the designer. Maya Lin went on to design other works, including the Civil Rights Memorial. Boundaries by Maya Lin and the DVD Maya Lin a strong clear vision are two additional resources. To see all of her work, visit the Maya Lin Studio.
The tale of three generations of strong, daring women are portrayed in this autobiography. Love, heartache, divorce, immigration, revolution, differences in religion (Muslim and Christian) and nationality (Iranian and American) and adventure are all part of Davar Ardalan's family's history.
In 2006 while visiting her mother in Tehran, Iran, the American Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Middle East Program, Haleh Esfandiari was suddenly imprisoned and interrogated for nearly eight months. For part of that time she was in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison where focus, self-discipline and determination were attributes that sustained her through a living nightmare in a country that once had been her home.
A history of the Huntington's Japanese Garden, which is over 100 years old. Beauty, tradition and culture are exemplified in the unique features of this very popular California landmark.
Prior to the work of Kokichi Mikimoto, real pearls were found in oyster beds where the gems were formed by chance. Mikimoto came from a humble background, and with great determination and ingenuity, he devised a method that helped oysters form the nacre around a bead that was manually inserted into the shell.
Mikimoto of America the site for the pearl company has a brief history of its founder.
Afar Nafisi once again brings her perception, knowledge, insight and memories to the importance of fiction. This time it is about three American novels which she states show the unique attributes of the United States. The introductory essay is an appreciation and examination about the special aspects of fiction, American freedom of speech (in all media), and the importance of reading all types of books. The vitality, joy and understanding expressed in this introduction should be widely read.
Shereen El-Feki is a British journalist, who has a Welsh mother and an Egyptian father. She dared to crack the secrecy on a very taboo subject in the modern Arab world--sex. She examines the history of the region going back to the tenth century; analyzes the influences of colonialism; conducts her own interviews with medical professionals, groups of women; questions standard statistical data on aborton, prostitution, STDs, genital mutilation, lesbianism. In its candor and surprising conclusions, this book is very much analagous to Simone de Beauvoir's The Second sex.
Dr. Peter Rhee was a renowned trauma surgeon, a tenured surgery professor, and retired U.S. Navy Captain, with a unique background long before becoming universally famous as part of the trauma team that saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Unequivocally and unapologetically sympathetic to the movement for a free Palestine, this triumph in investigative journalism lays bare the myriad ways in which the Israeli Defense Force and residents of Israeli settlements in Palestine systematically work to keep Palestinians feeling powerless. The result of National Magazine Award winner Ben Ehrenreich’s three years of work in the West Bank, this work is enlightening and harrowing. It is recommended as compulsory reading for anyone interested in getting a fuller picture of the Middle East.
Columbia University economics professors (and Indian expats) Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya argue forcefully from the example of India that the best way to lift millions of people out of poverty is economic growth (hence the book's title), promoted through liberalizing reforms. Bhagwati and Panagariya make what could be eye-rolling, dry economic theory lively and passionate as they apply the lessons of Indian reforms to the rest of the developing world.
Iris Chang's thoroughly researched book, The rape of Nanking: the forgotten Holocaust of World War II, is considered to be the definitive work on the invasion of the Japanese Army in 1937 into Nanking, and all the devastation that followed. Ying-Ying Chang, Iris' mother, examines the toll the investigations, personal interviews, and research took on Iris Chang, and perhaps drove her to suicide.