As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission, with no extra cost to you. Please read my full disclosure policy.
Representation in literature is important. Being part Asian myself, I am happy to see that Asian representation is happening more frequently in YA books. With authors like Jenny Han, Maurene Goo, and Gloria Chao; more YA Books with Asian American Characters are being published. The books I’m sharing with you below shed a light on the traditions, cultural expectations, and family units of various Asian cultures. These books all feature Asian American’s as the main characters in the story. This book list has diverse characters, sweet love stories, and Asian culture weaved in throughout the story.
YA Books with Asian American Characters
Laura Jean has written a letter for every boy she’s fallen in love with, and when a mistake is made, the letters get mailed to all the boys.
Busted for taking a prank too far, Clara is working on her dad’s food truck for the summer and meets the cutest boy named Hamlet.
Leigh visits her grandparents in Taiwan after her mother’s suicide, it’s there she discovers who she truly is.
Megan teams up with a playwright after landing a leading role and realizes she may be falling for him.
Mei is a student at MIT and has been following her parent’s curated plan for her life, but everything is jeopardized when Mei falls in love.
Holly Kim writes for her high school newspaper, however, her passionate rants start to conflict with her family’s traditional Korean values.
Kiko’s rejection from art school prompts her to leave her abusive household in search of a new adventure.
Desi Lee’s obsessed with Korean dramas and with the arrival of a new guy at school, she’s ready for love.