52 Books, Documentaries & Movies to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Michelle Jaeger, Content Marketing Manager, May 3, 2022

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to pay tribute to the generations Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have contributed to and enriched U.S. history, progress, innovation, and culture.

It’s also important to use this month to continue bringing awareness to the ongoing discrimination and inequities facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in the workplace, especially within the broader context of rising anti-Asian violence and hate crimes in the past year.  In 2021, 58% of Asian Americans said that racism in the workplace has damaged their relationship with their employer — up 13% from the previous year. As a group, Asian American and Pacific Islander American women are paid just $0.85 for every dollar paid to white men. Stats like these are why Syndio is committed to providing actionable solutions to improve workplace equity outcomes related to pay, representation, and opportunity.

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we sent out a request to the Syndio team on our #diversity-inclusion-heritage-pride Slack channel. Below, we’ve curated a collection of our team’s favorite memoirs, novels, graphic novels, documentaries, movies, and tv shows that showcase Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, voices, achievements, and stories.

 

Nonfiction books

Crying in H Mart book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthCrying in H Mart: A Memoir

by Michelle Zaumer

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Dear Girls book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthDear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

by Ali Wong

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Minor Feelings book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthMinor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

by Cathy Park Hong

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Heart of Fire book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthHeart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story

by Mazie K. Hirono

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Know My Name book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthKnow My Name

by Chanel Miller

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Speak Okinawa book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthSpeak, Okinawa: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Miki Brina

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Brown Skin White Minds book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthBrown Skin, White Minds: : Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology

by E.J.R. David

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Fairest book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthFairest

by Meredith Talusan

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Fiction

The Bonesetter's Daughter book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Bonesetter’s Daughter

by Amy Tan

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When You Trap a Tiger book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthWhen You Trap a Tiger

by Tae Keller

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How Much of These Hills is Gold book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthHow Much of These Hills is Gold

by C Pam Zhang

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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Hidden Girl and Other Stories

by Ken Liu

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthOn Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

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Interpreter of Maladies book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthInterpreter of Maladies

by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Paper Menagerie book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

by Ken Liu

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House of Many Gods book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthHouse of Many Gods

by Kiana Davenport

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Interior Chinatown book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthInterior Chinatown

by Charles Yu

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The Sympathizer book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Sympathizer: A Novel

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Snow Falling on Cedars book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthSnow Falling on Cedars

by David Guterson

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The Things We Lost to Water book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThings We Lost to the Water

by Eric Nguyen

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthWild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang

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Stories of Your Life and Others book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthStories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang

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Portrait of a Thief book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthPortrait of a Thief

by Grace D. Li

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The God of Small Things book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy

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Graphic novels

They Called Us Enemy graphic novel coverThey Called Us Enemy

by George Takei

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The Best We Could Do graphic novel cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

by Thi Bui

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Good Talk graphic novel cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthGood Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

by Mira Jacob

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Poetry & essays

Night Sky with Exit Wounds book coverNight Sky with Exit Wounds

by Ocean Vuong

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Go Home! book coverGo Home!

Edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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Rose book coverRose

By Li-Young Lee

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Trick Mirror book cover for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthTrick Mirror

by Jia Tolentino

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Documentaries & comedy specials

Take Out with Lisa Ling tv show poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthTake Out with Lisa Ling

Watch on: HBO  Max

 

 

 

 

Dragon documatary poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthDragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Kusama Infinity documentary posterKusama – Infinity

Watch on: Apple TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Flavorful Origins tv show posterFlavorful Origins

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Hasan Minhaj comedy special posterHasan Minaj: Homecoming King

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Naomi Osaka documentary posterNaomi Osaka

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Movies

Minari movie posterMinari

Watch on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Youtube, Google Play

 

 

 

Everything Everywhere All At Once movie poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthEverything Everywhere All at Once

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Turning Red movie poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthTurning Red

Watch on: Disney+

 

 

 

 

The Namesake movie posterThe Namesake

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Crazy Rich Asians movie poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthCrazy Rich Asians

Watch on: HBO Max, Google Play, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Joy Luck Club movie poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthThe Joy Luck Club

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Bao short film poster for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthBao

Watch on: Disney+

 

 

 

 

Saving Face movie posterSaving Face

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Tigertail movie posterTigertail

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Moana movie posterMoana

Watch on: Disney+

 

 

 

 

The Farewell movie posterThe Farewell

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

 

 

 

 

Always Be My Maybe movie posterAlways Be My Maybe

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny movie posterCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

TV shows

Kim's Convenience tv show posterKim’s Convenience

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

Pachinko tv show posterPachinko

Watch on: Apple TV

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