Anyone who knows me from the book community knows that I’m passionate about reading and supporting diverse books. I’ve been an avid reader since I was very young, but the process of diversifying my reading material did not begin until much later. Shortly after I started college in 2011, I had stopped reading as much compared to when I was in high school, but sometime during 2015, the same year I added Asian American studies as my second major, I rekindled my love of reading and began a desperate search for books by and about Asians and Asian Americans, especially in the realm of young adult literature, which was the staple of my reading material as a teen.
I’m happy to say that compared to 2015, 2019 has far more books by and about Asians being published, and I’ve been gifted with so many amazing Asian reads. However, as far as Asian and Asian American representation in YA is concerned, I still find some intersections lacking, among them queer Asians, especially trans Asians. I have seen my ethnicity and cultural heritage represented to some extent, but my queerness/transness and how it interacts with my race/ethnicity, not really at all. To my knowledge, there is not a single Own Voices YA book about a trans Asian character of any gender or ethnicity, let alone one who is specifically nonbinary/genderqueer and Taiwanese American like me.
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