Wednesday, April 29, 2009

C.O.R.A Diversity Roll Call: Week #4

This is week #4. Things are going well but we want to grow so do join us for this week's assignment. May is designated Asian Heritage Month. For this post I opted to answer:
5) Don't know much about Asian writers? Explore and then report on what you discovered.

Thanks to Aerin at In Search of Giants, I was introduced to Ellen Oh. Aerin posted a link to Ellen's current giveaway of Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon for Little Lov'n Monday. Because of Ellen's comments, I'm taking a serious look at Ms. Pon's book and I'm thrilled to learn about Ellen's book, Seven Kingdoms. See there really is a method to my madness.

Ellen Oh
Ello 2
The Enchanted Inkspot
Aspiring Writer, lawyer, mom to 3 gorgeous girls

Because I'm stoked about connecting with Ellen, leave a comment on this post and I'll do a drawing for any book from our Prize Bucket at Color Online. And by the way, you still have time to answer any unanswered quiz at Color Online. There are more than 50 books in the Bucket so check out the quiz.If you don't know about Ellen, get over there. Deadline for this special C.O.R.A drawing is May 4th.

6) If you are familiar with writers, please share a few recommendations. Please cite country/ethnicity. Asia is a lot of ground to cover.
Short list of writers I know and enjoy:
(Korean-American) An Na . Titles include: A Step From Heaven
(South Asian-American) Hina Haq. Title: Sadika's Way
(South Asian-American) Tanuja Desai Hidier Title: Born Confused
(Japanese-American) Cynthia Kadohata Title: Kira-Kira
Short list of reads in my tbr:
(Chinese-American) Ji-li Jiang Title: The Girl With The Red Scarf
(Japanese) Sakie Yokota Title: North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter

Join us, post your entry at C.O.R.A Diversity Roll Call


Diana Dang said...

I can not wait for Cindy Pon's new book! It looks amazing!

I recommend Shizuko's Daughter, an very detailed and heart-warming Japanese story.

Steph Su said...

Silver Phoenix was pretty good. A lot of people will read it. Umm, as for other good Asian authors to check out, I'd say Justina Chen Headley. She writes beautifully. And, ummmm, I'll come back when I think of more!!

Steph Su said...

Oh yeah, just thought of another. Malinda Lo's book ASH is coming out in September. It's a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. Can one say "incredible"??

Anonymous said...

Oh twinkies - Steph beat me to the Malinda Lo reference. Humph.

Just because I lovelovelovelove Ello so much, I wanted you all to know her interview at will be up next week (the week of May 4) AND she is just the uber-funniest smart person on the face of the planet.

I will try to think of others, but I've been sort of worshipping at the Cindy shrine so I'm not sure what else I've got.

susan said...


How about creating a post of your own and linking to it? Have you checked out C.O.R.A Diversity Roll Call? You do realize, I chose this theme because of a conversation we had back in February, right? Yes, Justina Chen Headley is on my radar. There is a method to the madness to keeping a list short. It provides an opportunity for others to participate. :-)

susan said...

And can we expect a post on your blog?

susan said...

Melinda Lo's book does sound amazing. I'd love to have it for our library. Let me know if you offer a copy on trade or a contest.

susan said...

Is anyone going to check out the quiz at Color Online? It's a chance for a free book.

Thao said...

I heard Cynthea Liu is good too, I'm interested in her book The Great Call Of China. I came across a few Asian authors but I never ever had a chance to read their books *sniffs*

Doret said...

I will do my C.O.R.A post tomorrow, I am just trying to get a little further along in this mystery by a Chinese author so I can talk about it.

The book I will focus on is Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama. I loved this book but you'll have to wait until my post to find out why.
The mystery I am currently reading is The Eye of the Jade by Diane Wei Liang. Mei was a police officer but not she's a P.I. in Beijing. Its very good so far and has many praises in the front of the book.

susan said...

Ah, I was checking out Wei Liang on your bookshelf last night. I think we have Women of the Silk in our library now. I'm going to check when I'm there this weekend.

susan said...

For those who haven't looked, there are some really good posts published for this week's prompt. I encourage you all to check them out. Icon in right column is a link. Click it already.

Serena said...

wow, great list of writiers...I totally forgot Amy Tan and Ha Jin!

susan said...

Hi Serena, do join us for our next assignment. Ali at worducopia will be hosting.

Summer said...

Great suggestions here about Asian writers from you and the comments. I picked up this book today from the library thinking about Asian Heritage Month. It's called Ten Things I Hate About Me and it's by an Indian author but I forgot her name and I'm too lazy to get up and look for it right now, lol.

Oh wait, that's what Google is for.

Ah yes, Randa Abdel-Fattah. Looks funny, I'll review it.

susan said...

Hi Summer, I read her other book, Does My Head Look Big In This? I'm interested in the new title, too.

Ello said...

Oh wow! I'm totally honored by this! And I'm a big one on diversity, as you can imagine. There isn't enough color in publishing and I really hope that people are inspired to try something different. Something out of their comfort zone.

One of my all time favorite authors is Kazuo Ishiguro a Japanese Brit who is famous for Remains of the Day. But read his early books based in Japan - like Pale View of Hills. Amazing read. Another writer is Chang Rae Lee - Korean American and Ha Jin a Chinese American author - both are amazing. I also enjoy Gail Tsukiyama Japanese American and Tess Uriza Holthe, Filipino American who wrote the amazing novel When the Elephants Dance.

Ok I'll stop now cause I can keep going! But thanks for celebrating diversity like this! it is awesome!

susan said...

Hi Ellen,

Keep going. Writers of color don't get enough exposure and I think many aren't read because surprise many readers simply don't know about them.

To all, stay tuned for a recommended list of writers. It won't be as comprehensive as I'd like, but we've got to start somewhere.

Thank you all for weighing in. Drawing tomorrow.