Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Charvi, Book Blogger at Not Just Fiction, On Authors of Colour Inserting Different Languages in Their Books

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition. A discussion with Charvi, book blogger at not just fiction, on authors of colour inserting different languages in their books. an illustration of xiaolong the axolotl, holding her arms out wide like she is showing off something, with charvi as a squirrel wearing glasses and hoop earrings.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

As highlighted across the anecdotes and stories shared during our Asian Heritage Month guest feature series, representation can be validating, bring immeasurable joy, and even life-changing. The ways that readers can see themselves can vary – it can be as simple as the inclusion of characters from marginalised identities or it can be something a little more complex and nuanced like portraying experiences that are often unique to such identities.
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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – An Interview with Yao Xiao, Author of Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid; On Being a Queer Chinese Immigrant and Bridging Different Worlds

Author Interview with Yao Xiao: author of everything is beautiful and i'm not afraid, on being a queer chinese immigrant and bridging different worlds. illustration is of cuddle the otter, her arms out wide, showing off a pink horse wearing a leaf hat.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

For Asian Heritage Month, I strove to connect with creators and authors who identify intersectionally because intersectional identities are real, complex, and nuanced. In today’s American political landscape, being an immigrant is difficult and, frankly, scary at times.

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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Jia, Book Blogger at A Book and Words, Recommends Her Favourite West Asian Books!

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition: Book Recommendations with Jia. Book blogger at A Book and Words. Jia recommends her favourite West Asian books! Illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, her arms out wide as if showing off something, with Jia as a Palestinian Sunbird wearing a keffiyeh to her right.

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

Something that I’m really grateful for in the book community is the wonderful voices and advocates that we see for a diversity of literature. In the context of Asian Heritage Month, it’s humbling and fulfilling to see so many Asian readers speak up and advocate so passionately for books that are meaningful to them. I love that, during Asian Heritage Month, we have seen Asians from around the world coming together to celebrate and share stories that they love.

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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – An Interview with Sangu Mandanna, Author of A Spark of White Fire; On Retelling Mahābhārata, Free Will versus Fate, and the Stories Behind Her Books

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month. Author Interview with Sangu Mandanna; author of A Spark of White Fire, on retelling mahabharata, free will versus fate, and the stores behind her books. illustration of xiaolong the axolotl, her arms out wide as if showing off something, with sangu as a deer wearing a green jumper and brown pants, waving whole holding a Nintendo Switch.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

One of the best things that a reader can do for themselves is to read with curiosity and openness. When I started to diversify my reading and explore books by Asian authors that portrayed experiences outside my own, I was blown away by the beauty and wonder of their stories. In particular, I started to fall in love with retellings of Asian folklore and mythology. My first introduction to Asian mythology in young adult literature was A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, which only made me crave even more retellings.

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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – An Interview with I.W. Gregorio, Author of This is My Brain in Love; On Being a Badass Teen Businesswoman, and Pretty Awesome Asian-Americans named Joce ;)

Our Friend is Here, Asian Heritage edition. author interview with i.w. gregorio author of this is my brain in love; on being a badass teen businesswoman, and pretty awesome asian americans named joce. illustration of cuddle the otter, holding her arms out wide like she is showing off something, with ilene w gregoria as a seal with a stethoscope around her neck and holding a dumpling

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

While we are experiencing the effects of a worldwide pandemic, I have personally been reaching for books that feel hopeful and relatable while also speaking to my experience. Because Asians and Asian-Americans have more frequently become the target of hate crimes and discrimination in this climate, I have been leaning on safe areas and books that feature characters that share that part of my identity.

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