by India Torrez
Editor’s Note: As May comes to a close, ShopQueer.co is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month by highlighting eight queer books from authors in the community, curated by staff member India Torrez.
AANHPI Heritage Month has meant a lot of different things to me through the years. I wasn’t really taught about my Filipine heritage growing up, and I definitely didn’t learn much from school textbooks. I don’t want that to be the case for other Filipine youth. Books have always been such an important portal to other worlds and cultures — let’s celebrate the voices and stories of the AANHPI queer community!
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
This beautifully heart-wrenching novel bottles the pain of not being heard and pours it through the channels of a son’s relationship with his single mother. Ocean Vuong makes tangible the catharsis of saying the things weighing on your chest and the grief that comes from knowing your words won’t be understood.
by Megha Majumda
Megha Majumdar’s debut novel is a fast-paced, exhilarating story of what it means to hold your dreams close while trying to hold yourself together in the midst of a country’s struggle to find its balance. The three main characters find themselves intertwined in each other's lives and faced with the same question: What do you do when what's right for you might hurt someone else?
Horse Barbie: A Memoir
by Geena Rocero
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When you have to censor yourself just to exist (somewhat) more safely in the world, at what point does it become impossible to find yourself again? Geena Rocero, a trans pageant queen from the Philippines, grapples with this question as she contemplates whether the risk of living unabashedly as herself is worth the reward. She realizes it is.
by Anthony Veasna So
Written in four stories, Afterparties invites us into the beautiful, complex, and emotional lives of children of refugees in California as they work to build new lives. Through these stories of queer and immigrant communities, Anthony Veasna So creates a world that is both expansive and intimate.
Light from Uncommon Stars
by Ryka Aoki
A dazzling world full of magic and donuts, Light From Uncommon Stars takes us on a fantastical ride through California’s San Gabriel Valley as Shizuka Satomi searches for the seventh and final violinist’s soul to trade for her freedom. Will Shizuka make the deadline, or will a chance encounter at a donut shop throw her off track?
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating
by Adiba Jaigirdar
If you think this is just another “pretend they’re dating, fall in love, the end” story, guess again. Hani and Ishu do start “dating” to further each girl’s plan, and yes, they do start having feelings for each other. But when two Bengali girls start following their hearts, it’s not going to be your standard Lifetime movie plot.
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir
by T Kira Madden
As a queer, biracial teenager living in Boca Raton, FL, acclaimed essayist T Kira Madden experienced the unique and often jarring reality of living at the intersection of multiple identities. In her absorbing debut memoir, Madden mourns her father and reflects on the duality of her childhood and the power of family in all its forms.
Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
by Jeremy Atherton Lin
Jeremy Atherton Lin takes us on a head-spinning and unforgettable tour of the pubs, clubs, and dive bars that served as the backdrop to his life, simultaneously writing a love letter to them as we watch these spaces slowly disappear from our culture. He explores the connection between place and identity and leaves us with a new perspective from which to view queer history.
Diversifying our bookshelves is one way to uplift different communities and lived experiences. I know that for me, as a multicultural individual, stories have been integral to building a connection to my ancestors.
I’m proud of my Filipine heritage, and it’s exciting to see people buying, reading, and celebrating books about, for, and by the AANHPI community, this month and every month. 💕
Enjoy 30% off queer AANHPI books until Sunday, May 28th, at midnight! And remember, at ShopQueer.co, we split our profits with the author, and the rest goes to our Rainbow Book Bus campaign — all with the mission of protecting and promoting queer literature across the country. <3