Historical Asian Fiction - Which Ones Are the Best?
There are several great historical Asian fiction books on the market, but which ones are the best? I've written about Andrew Lam, Nikki White, Donna Jo Napoli, and Richard Kim, and I'll discuss each in this article. You can find more great historical Asian fiction at your local bookstore or on the web. But before you begin to read, you should know the history of Asia and the Asian diaspora. If you're unfamiliar with the subject, it can be intimidating.
In historical Asian fiction, women play a central role, and a lot of modern authors are interested in their past. For example, there are plenty of novels about Chinese women during the Ming Dynasty, who underwent painful traditions such as foot-binding, and whose husbands expected them to serve them. But many of these women rose to power and became Empresses. And in the early twentieth century, China was rife with change, and many historical novels are about that era.
If you love history and Asian American fiction, you'll love this novel by Andrew Lam. His father served in the 442nd, and his grandfather was an engineer. It's an exciting story about a man who is a third-generation Chinese American and finds himself in a dangerous situation. The novel takes place in the 1920s and explores the history of the Pacific Northwest. Lam is a third-generation Chinese American and the author of two previous books.
Born in Vietnam and raised in the United States, Lam became a writer at an early age. His novel, East Eats West, won the PEN Open Book Award. His second novel, Perfume Dreams, focuses on the Vietnamese diaspora in the United States and explores the notion of being in the process of becoming. In East Eats West, Lam reworks the narrative of the Orient and Western civilization and destabilizes the categories of Orient and Occident. The story weaves together storytelling and journalism, and examines the issues of cultural identity and globalization.
Unlike many other authors, Lam is of Chinese descent. In the early 2000s, he visited Hawaii to meet with veterans of the 442nd. He was also interested in the history of Asian-Americans in the United States. He learned about the internment of Japanese-Americans and exclusionary laws. His writing is both historical and gripping. Lam is on social media and you can follow him there. If you're interested in reading more of his books, be sure to follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
Dr. Lam is a professor of ophthalmology in Springfield, Missouri. His first book, Saving Sight, was published six years ago. It takes 30 years before he came to use the intraocular lens, but Lam is interested in the story behind the story. Aside from history, Lam also writes about pioneers in eye care. Saving Sight was inspired by pioneers in ophthalmology, which was pioneered by this surgeon.
Donna Jo Napoli
If you are looking for a new read, consider Historical Asian Fiction by Donna Jo Napoli. It's full of rich characters and historical facts. Napoli's latest book, Gracie: The Pixie of the Puddle, is an enchanting, exciting retelling of the classic tale. In this historical Asian fantasy, Gracie is a normal frog who feels out of place among her amphibious companions.
This novel is set during World War II and tells the story of two Italian sisters trapped in Japan during the war. The harrowing journey of the two sisters to survive is well captured by Napoli's storytelling. She captures the emotions of the characters and will tug at your heartstrings. While the storyline is incredibly tense, it is worth a read. You won't want to put this book down!
If you love fairy tales, you should definitely check out Donna Jo Napoli's books. She has a wonderful knack for making fractured stories more interesting. Her latest novel, Bound, is a fascinating retelling of the story of the Pied Piper. A young chinese woman is binded to her father's second wife, despite her love of poetry and calligraphy. Unfortunately, the young woman's father doesn't share this sentiment, so he is forced to marry her. The binds keep her feet and legs bound until her father discovers that she's pregnant.
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli is a powerful coming-of-age story based on Chinese fairytales. The strong characters in this book will leave readers wanting more. Bound, which is a middle grade novel, is written beautifully and is deeply layered. It explores themes of family and tradition and challenges traditional fairy-tale endings. There are multiple twists and turns in this book, and you'll find yourself addicted to it, too.
The work of Richard Kim is unique in many ways. The author was born in northern Korea and spent his early years in Manchuria. He is an ardent Korean nationalist and is one of the few writers to document his youth and his life in a memoir. In Lost Names: Scenes From a Korean Boyhood, Kim describes his upbringing in the city of Hwangju and his school days in the Second Pyongyang Middle School.
Born in North Korea, Kim received a scholarship to study at Middlebury College in Vermont. There, he studied political science and philosophy of history. In 1960, he earned an M.A. degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. He later moved to Iowa and completed his M.F.A. degree at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1964, he married Penelope Ann Groll, a fellow student at Middlebury. He became a naturalized citizen in 1965.
A prolific writer, Kim's most famous novel, The Martyred, was published to great acclaim in 1964. It dominated the bestseller list and earned comparisons to Dostoevsky and Camus. Kim's work is a powerful reflection of the unfinished Korean War, which has had a lasting impact on the lives of countless Korean people. A historical Asian fiction author of exceptional talent, Kim will never disappoint you.
After Lost Names, Kim held a series of meetings with groups of teachers and shared his wartime experiences at summer institutes. Despite the success of Lost Names, Kim kept his involvement in Korean enterprises. In addition to his novel, Kim also translated English texts and won the Modern Korean Literature Translation Award. His work included a newspaper column in Korean newspapers from 1982 to 1983. During the Korean War years, Kim also worked extensively as a commentator, reporter, and narrator for Korean television. His work is based on the period between 1950 and 1953.
Amy Tan, historical Asian fiction is a wonderful blend of American and Asian culture. The focus on death and life, the combination of cultural traditions and modern themes, and Tan's first-person narratives are sure to delight and enchant readers. The author's personal experiences as a Chinese-American influenced her writing. Born in Oakland, CA in 1952, Amy Tan felt an outsider growing up, and she was often embarrassed by her family's traditions. However, she soon realized that she was not alone in feeling this way. Her teenage rebellion, joining a "rock'n' roll" band, and not being asked to school dances were all reflections of her inner feelings and experiences.
After being born in Oakland, California, Amy Tan traveled to China for the first time as a child. Her mother Daisy had fled the communist country in 1949, leaving her three daughters behind. The author used her own experiences as a backdrop to write a book about her mother's experience in China and the struggles she faced. Amy Tan's novel follows her mother's life, revealing the challenges of being a Chinese-American in a world that is largely white.
Amy Tan's mother's life reflects the struggles she faced growing up in the U.S., as a Chinese American, and in the stories her mother told her. She gradually learned about her mother's early life and the circumstances that led to her mother's suicide. She also relates her relationship with her mother through her protagonist, Daisy, and the story of her piano recital, "Magpies."