New Books Network

Franny Choi, “Soft Science” (Alice James Books, 2019)
Franny Choi’s book-length collection of poetry, Soft Science (Alice James Books 2019), explores queer, Asian American femininity through the lens of robots, cyborgs, and artificial intelligence. As she notes in this interview, “this book is a study of softness,” exploring feeling, vulnerability, and desire. How can you be tender and still... Read More
Iyko Day, “Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism” (Duke UP, 2016)
In our efforts to comprehend the systematic dispossession of indigenous peoples in settler colonies such as the United States, Canada, Australia, or Israel, the notion that “invasion is a structure, not merely an event,” first articulated by Patrick Wolfe, has become something of a maxim for critical theorists. Part of... Read More
Ivan V. Small, “Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Overseas Vietnamese are estimated to remit 15 billion dollars annually to family that remains in Vietnam. Ivan V. Small moves beyond the numbers to examine how remittances affect sociality and human relations in his book Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam (Cornell University Press, 2018). Although... Read More
Jane H. Hong, “Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion” (UNC Press, 2019)
Over the course of less than a century, the U.S. transformed from a nation that excluded Asians from immigration and citizenship to one that receives more immigrants from Asia than from anywhere else in the world. Yet questions of how that dramatic shift took place have long gone unanswered. In... Read More
Great Books: Ava Chin on Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior”
What stories should we remember, and which ones are we forced to forget? What if we discover a truth from the past that shaped us even though we didn’t know it? Maxine Hong Kingston’s 1975 masterpiece, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, transformed American literature by adding... Read More
Charlotte Brooks, “American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949” (U California Press, 2019)
Between 1901 and World War II, up to half of all U.S.-born Chinese Americans relocated to China in search of better lives due to the discrimination they faced in the United States. Charlotte Brooks tells the story of these emigres in American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949 (University... Read More
Perla Guerrero, “Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place” (U Texas Press, 2017)
Perla Guerrero is the author of Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place (University of Texas Press, 2017). Nuevo South explores the history of an ever diversifying U.S. South by examining the mixed reactions refugees, immigrants, and migrants, from different countries, received in Arkansas in the latter half... Read More