This Male Monday, to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month, I thought I’d mention books I’m aware of that were written by males of Asian or Pacific Heritage. Please feel free to add titles in the comment section! I’m expecting WordPress to mangle my layout, so if they do here are my apologies in advance.
Fair Coin by E. C. Myers; Pyr, 27 March
E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York, where he survived an improbable number of life-threatening experiences—most miraculously, high school—with ample scars as proof.
He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, which was no use at all in his subsequent job as a technical writer but looks pretty nice on the wall. After a year in software development on Wall Street, he began a career in cable television and helped deliver quality women’s programming for nine-and-a-half years. He now uses his powers for good–as a development writer for a children’s hospital.
Another Jekyl another Hyde by Daniel and Dina Nayeri; 27 March, Candlewick
Daniel is a writer and editor in New York City. He wrote and produced “The Cult of Sincerity,” the first feature film to be world premiered by YouTube. He has had all kinds of jobs around books, including book repairman, literary agent, used bookstore clerk, children’s librarian, Official Story-Time Reader Leader, editor, copy-editor, and even carpenter (making bookshelves). He’s also a professional pastry chef. He loves Street Fighter 2, hates the word “foodie,” and is an award-winning stuntman. He writes with his sister, Dina Nayeri.
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda; St Martin’s Griffin, Apr. 19
Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half-Japanese. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda worked in Manhattan’s Chinatown with the immigrant teen community. That experience led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor’s Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel in 2010. His second novel, The Hunt, the first in a new series, was bought at auction by St. Martin’s Press and will be published in May 2012. Before becoming a full time writer, Fukuda was a criminal prosecutor for seven years. He currently resides on Long Island, New York, with his family.
Reincarnation (Legend of Snow Wolf series) by Fred Lit Yu; China Books, June 1
Fred Lit Yu states “As a teenager, I was attracted to the art of war, and I often hid in the high school cafeteria studying military classics and the I Ching. It was a decent break from reading The Great Gatsby, though I did wonder at times why Jay Gatsby didn’t approach his dilemma with a better strategy. I spent my days studying battle formations used in ancient China, but never once entertained the idea of joining the military, or applying for West Point for that matter. I went to film school instead.
I graduated from New York University majoring in film and television but ended up working in a bank. The Snow Wolf saga began after eight years in the financial services industry.”
Ash Mistry and the savage fortress by Sadwat Chadda; Harper Collins, October
Brought up a Muslim and married to a vicar’s daughter, inspired by his two daughters, Sarwat created Billi SanGreal, a heroine of both cultures. He and his family live in London, and if Billi has a home anywhere it’s the ancient and dark alleyways of this city. The mix of backgrounds informs his writing, which is urban, edgy, contemporary and gripping. He is a distinctive new voice in teen fiction.
In spite of this early love of stories, he went on to become an engineer, but harboured dreams of writing. These came to fruition when in 2007 he won an ‘Undiscovered Voices’ writing competition, bringing him to the attention of several publishers and resulting in a hotly contested auction for Devil’s Kiss – which Puffin won.