Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: AAPI Nonfiction Available at CSCC

A guide created in 2023 to showcase resources related to Asian American Heritage Month

AAPI Nonfiction Available at CSCC

This section includes a sampling of Asian American and Pacific Islander nonfiction titles available at Columbus State library.  

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Use the Columbus State library catalog to search for books, journals, eBooks, and audio-visual materials owned by Columbus State Community College.

AAPI Cultural Nonfiction


A love letter to and for Asian Americans--a vivid scrapbook of voices, emotions, and memories from an era in which our culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that have shaped our community into who we are today.

Asian American Art

Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 is the first comprehensive study of the lives and artistic production of artists of Asian ancestry active in the United States before 1970.

Everything She Touched

Everything She Touched recounts the incredible life of the American sculptor Ruth Asawa.


This book tells the first history of mahjong and its meaning in American culture.

Memoir Nonfiction by AAPI Authors

Year of the Tiger

Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

Crying in H Mart

From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American--"in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself" (NPR)

Minor Feelings

A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness.

The Loneliest Americans

A "provocative and sweeping" (Time) blend of family history and original reportage that explores--and reimagines--Asian American identity in a Black and white world.

They Called Us Enemy

The New York Times bestselling graphic memoir from actor/author/activist George Takei returns in a deluxe hardcover edition with bonus material!

AAPI Historical Nonfiction

The Making of Asian America

The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation's preeminent scholars on the subject.

Asian American Histories of the United States

An inclusive and landmark history, emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any understanding of US history.

Asian America

An essential collection that brings together the core primary texts of the Asian American experience in one volume.

An Unseen Unheard Minority

This study details the history of Asian American student activism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as students rejected the university's definition of minority student needs that relied on a model minority myth, measures of under-representation, and a Black-White racial model, concepts that made them an "unseen unheard minority."

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