On the Violence against Asians

My heart has been heavy this week, but really over the past few months as the number of news stories about violence against Asians kept on piling up with higher and higher frequency. I’m deeply saddened by the violence being enacted against the Asian American community, especially in California where I grew up. At the same time I feel alienated and unsure about what to say as a brown skinned South Asian who is not often considered “Asian enough” or part of the conversation.

I have been to the grocery store, asked a (white) employee where to find something, and then had them hover after pointing me in the direction and tell me creepily about how beautiful Indian women are and how they once had an Indian girlfriend. I’ve had this interaction twice, in different years, at different stores. I’ve also been cornered by a creepy uncle at a friend’s wedding who wanted to tell me all about how gorgeous and intelligent his Indian colleague and all Indian women are. It makes me want to crawl out of my skin, it makes me want to hide from the predatory gaze of white men. But what I faced was not outright violence, and pales in comparison to the harm and death being meted out to the Asian American community now.

I have always been recommending Asian voices in fiction on my book blog, and today I will be repeating many of the books and creators I have mentioned before, but please don’t stop your activism with picking up books by Asian creators. Please donate if you can, stand by your friends of Asian descent, have difficult conversations with your white friends.

Click on each image to take you to their goodreads page

Novellas and Anthologies

Stories of your life Paper Menagerie Pure Moon Reflected on Water When the Tiger Came down the Mountain Empress of Salt and Fortune Fireheart Tiger

Novels and Series

These Violent Delights Ayesha At Last The Poppy War Star Daughter The Gilded Wolves Jade City Empire of Sand The Bone Witch Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Graphic Novels

Monstress Vol 1 The Best We Could Do

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