Asian American Literature

A Chronological List of Influential Authors & Key Texts
prepared by Wei Ming Dariotis, 2003

  • Jade Snow Wong. Fifth Chinese Daughter. 1945
  • Carlos Bulosan. America is in the Heart. 1946
  • Toshio Mori. Yokohama, California. 1949 (was supposed to be printed in 1941)
  • Monica Sone. Nisei Daughter. 1953
  • Diana Chang. The Frontiers of Love. 1956
  • John Okada. No-No Boy. 1957
  • Milton Murayama. All I Asking for is My Body. 1959
  • Louis Chu. Eat a Bowl of Tea. 1961
  • Frank Chin. Chickencoop Chinaman, 1972-first published 1981
  • Chin, et al. Aiiieeeee!. 1974
  • Maxine Hong Kingston. The Woman Warrior. 1976
  • Laurence Yep. Child of the Owl. 1977
  • Janice Mirikitani. Awake in the River. 1978
  • Shawn Wong. Homebase. 1979
  • Joy Kogawa. Obasan. 1981
  • Toshio Mori. Chauvinist and Other Stories. 1981
  • S.P. Somtow. Starship and Haiku. 1981
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Dictee. 1982
  • Yoshiko Uchida. Desert Exile. 1982
  • Wendy Law-Yone. The Coffin Tree. 1983
  • S.P. Somtow. Vampire Junction. 1983
  • Ty Pak. Guilt Payment. 1983
  • Li-Young Li. Rose. 1986
  • Kim Ronyoung. Clay Walls. 1987
  • Janice Mirikitani. Shedding Silence. 1987
  • Hisaye Yamamoto. Seventeen Syllables. 1988 (portions originally publ’d 1940s-60s)
  • Maxine Hong Kingston. Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book. 1989
  • Bharati Mukherjee. Jasmine. 1989
  • Jessica Hagedorn. Dogeaters. 1990
  • Li-Young Li. The City in Which I Love You. 1990
  • David Wong Louie. Pangs of Love. 1991
  • Karen Tei Yamashita. Through the Arc of the Rain Forest. 1990, Brazil-Maru. 1992
  • S.P. Somtow. Jasmine Nights. 1994
  • Faye Mynne Ng. Bone. 1994
  • Sigrid Nunez. A Feather on the Breath of God. 1995
  • R. Zamora Linmark. Rolling the Rs. 1995
  • Al Robles. Rappin’ with Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark. 1996 (many originally written in 1970s)
  • Chang-Rae Lee. Native Speaker. 1995
  • Janice Mirikitani. We, the Dangerous: New and Selected Poems. 1995
  • M. Evelina Galang. Her Wild American Self. 1996
  • Nora Okja Keller. Comfort Woman. 1997
  • Karen Tei Yamashita. Tropic of Orange. 1997
  • Meena Alexander. Manhattan Music. 1997
  • Chitra Divakaruni. Arranged Marriage: Stories. 1996, The Mistress of Spices. 1997
  • Lan Cao. Monkey Bridge. 1997
  • Gish Jen. Mona in the Promised Land. 1996, Who’s Irish?. 1999
  • Ruth Ozeki. My Year of Meats. 1998
  • Troung Tran. The Book of Perceptions. 1999
  • Chitra Divakaruni. Sister of My Heart. 1999
  • Chitra Divakaruni. The Vine of Desire. 2002
  • Tess Uriza Holthe. When the Elephants Dance. 2002
  • Yongsoo Park. Boy Genius. 2002
  • Noel Alumit. Letters to Montgomery Clift. 2002
  • le thi diem thuy. The Gangster We Are All Looking For. 2003