A most kind and brilliant book blogger, Shenwei, is hosting a super-awesome reading challenge for the month of May, which also happens to be Asian-American Heritage month, called Asian Lit. Bingo! When I first saw this challenge at the beginning of the month, I had opted out from participating because I felt that I wouldn’t be able to successful partake giving that I decided to drive myself batty with May Madness on BookTube. But you know what? I fucking love Asian literature and I would be a dumbass to not give this a try at the very least.
So. I am a couple of weeks late to the game, but I’m very happy that I’m here. The books that I’ve chosen have been on my shelves for a long time (most of them) and this reading challenge gives me a beautiful excuse to get off my rump and read them.
I’ll leave all of the necessary information down below, along with a link to the Master Post, in case if anyone is interested in joining in on the festivities. 🙂
Shenwei, a Taiwanese-American book blogger of awesomeness who runs the blog READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA. Go check it out, if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed.
Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA (#AsianLitBingo Creator)
Isabella @ The Book Pandas
Glaiza @ Paper Wanderer
Janani @ The Shrinkette
Wendy @ Written in Wonder
CW @ Read, Think, Ponder
Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Mish @ Chasing Faerytales
Hazel @ Stay Bookish
Sue @ Hollywood News Source
Cassidy @ Quartzfeather
Stephanie @ Igniting Pages
Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages
Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books
Rana @ Words Across Borders
Aila @ One Way Or an Author
Aentee @ Read at Midnight (Graphic Designer Extraordinaire)
Similar to the Diversity Bingo 2017 challenge, the Asian Lit Bingo challenge takes the form of a bingo board, a 5 by 5 grid with 25 total prompts for books to read. The baseline goal is to read prompts for a single line, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally on the board, for a total of 5 books. Post your progress on Twitter with the hashtag #AsianLitBingo.
- Fiction books should have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but reading #ownvoices books is strongly encouraged!
- Nonfiction books should be by an Asian author with a focus on Asian people, whether it’s a[n] [auto]biography, history book, essay collection, etc. A nonfiction book can count for prompts other than the nonfiction square provided that it that focuses on a person/group that corresponds to that prompt (e.g. an autobiography of a Asian trans woman could count for either the nonfiction category or the LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC category).
- The free space is for any book with an Asian main character by an Asian author.
Below is the bingo board, designed by Aentee. I’ve gone ahead and marked the squares that I plan on following with my book choices. 🙂
- South East Asian MC: That Other Me by Maha Gargash is an #OwnVoices Emirati adult fiction literature novel about the inner power struggle within a very wealthy and powerful Emirati family.
- Asian Superhero MC: The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang is an #OwnVoices Chinese comic book that tells the origin story for The Green Turtle, who was the first Asian-American superhero.
- Asian Transracial Adoptee MC: The Leavers by Lisa Ko is an #OwnVoices Chinese adult fiction literature novel about a young boy who gets adopted by a pair of white professors and then promptly moved to the suburbs, where he is stripped of his Chinese name and identity, and forced to assimilate into white culture.
- Non-Fiction by Asian Author: Haruki Murakami Goes to Meet Hayao Kawai by Haruki Murakami is an #OwnVoices Japanese non-fiction book about an interview that internationally renowned author, Haruki Murakami, has with Japan’s Minister of Culture, Hayao Kawai.
- South Asian MC: East, West by Salman Rushdie is an #OwnVoices Indian-British adult fiction literature book with magical realism elements about multiple characters and how their seemingly separate lives come together in ways they couldn’t begin to fathom.