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’.)
I’ve been craving for a story that is (a) new adult, (b) an urban fantasy, and (c) has an unapologetic Asian main character (d) written by an Asian author. I love new adult because it explores the perspective of characters who now occupy that weird space of “I should know what I’m doing but I just don’t”. I also love urban fantasy for how it explores magical, supernatural, or paranormal forces living among us and what that experience might be like. And of course, I love Asian stories written by Asian authors because our experiences as what it means to be ‘Asian’ is so diverse and interesting.