Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Krisha, Book Blogger & Dancer, Recommends Her Favourite South Asian Books!

Our Friend is HEre! Asian Heritage Month edition. book recommendtions with krisha. book blogger at bookathon and dancer; krisha recommends her favourite south asian books! illustration of xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms out wide as if she is showing off something, with krisha as a blue panda, holding a book and striking a pose with ghungroos at her ankles

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 my biggest hopes is that Asian Heritage Month – or, whenever we talk about Asian identity and Asian books – will shift to be more inclusive, welcoming, and thoughtful of Asian identities, such as South-East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and Central Asia. I want Asian Heritage Month to be a time where all Asians feel a sense of community and solidarity, a time where they can celebrate each others’ Asian identities and carve a space where all Asians are included and celebrated.

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My Year of the Asian Reading Challenge TBR, West & South Asian Book Recommendations — and An Apology

Text: YEAR OF THE ASIAN, A 2019 READING CHALLENGE. My very west and south asian tbr, and an apology. Image is of Xiaolong the pink axolotl wearing an upside down purple flower hat eating a bowl of rice, and holding chopsticks.

Hello friends. 💛

Welcome to my TBR for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! Yes, I know: it’s already February, I am one of the co-hosts, and why haven’t I made my TBR yet?! To be fair, I’ve been absolutely swamped with my Masters (only a week and a bit to go before hand in, good grief 😭), and have been writing up my blog posts in the dead of the night after a whole day of writing. Phew. I can’t wait for this Masters thesis to be over.

(Also, I apologise for the recycled graphic today! Unfortunately I’m a bit pressed for time and couldn’t draw something new, but look out for a special TBR illustration the next time I share books I plan to read.)

But, before I get onto my TBR, there’s something that needs to be said, which has shaped the TBR that I will be sharing with you all today.

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