Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao is an own-voices Taiwanese-American young adult contemporary novel about a teenager named Ali who is the only Asian person at her predominantly white small-town high school. Having learned the art of apathy when it comes to the casual racist remarks and willing ignorant perceptions surrounding Chinese folx, her entire method of surviving is tossed into the blender when a new student arrives, a boy named Chase who also happens to be Taiwanese like Ali; a boy not afraid to speak up against said ignorance. When they start getting closer, Ali’s mother shuts down the relationship before it ever has the chance to bloom, sending Ali on a twisted path of family secrets, sacrifices, and shame.
Japan Sinks 2020 is set in modern-day Japan and follows a family who are trying to survive in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake that causes the archipelago of Japan to start sinking into the ocean. I read the novel earlier in the year and positively loved it for how incredibly realistic and plausible it is, as well as the depiction of the political and cultural context of 1970s-era Japan. After watching the first episode, I can tell that this shall probably become one of my favourite anime serials to hit the airwaves in recent years.