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Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills curates Asian Heritage Month reading list

May is Asian Heritage Month and an opportunity for all Canadians to learn and reflect on the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent. Asian-Canadians have contributed to the sciences, economics, and cultural fabric that is reflected in the foundations of Canadian history.

University of Winnipeg award-winning writer Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills, author of  Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related: A Memoir, has shared a list of Asian-Canadian creative writing published this year.

“It has been a remarkable year for Asian Canadian publishing, across genres, races, ethnicities, and experiences,” shared Wills. “Below are but a few examples of literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, genre literature, and literatures written for youths, and more. This is a small sample of what is available, but there is always room and appetite for more!”

Wills, who is a professor, writes about race and ethnicity, both as a scholar of literary and cultural studies, and as a creative writer. She is co-president of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture, and serves as an editorial board member for the literary studies journal ARIEL.

Suggested Reading List:

A Hero of Our Time by Naben Ruthnum

You Still Look the Same Poems by Farzana Doctor

Bruised by Tanya Boteju

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked by Sheung-king

For Laika: The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars by Kai Cheng Thom

Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Personal Attention Replay Stories by Helen Chau-Bradley

Hannah Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Last Exiles by Ann Shin

People Change by Vivek Shraya

dandelion by Jamie Chai Yun Liew

Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah

Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto

Sister Seen, Sister Heard by Kimia Eslah

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Larissa Lai

Where the Silver River Ends by Anna Quon

I Was the President’s Mistress!! by Miguel Syjuco

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