Immigration: a collection of reviews


Immigration is much in the news. Here is a selection of books we have reviewed, mostly recently, a few from farther back, on the subject: non-fiction, fiction and even some children’s books. Although many discuss Asian immigration to the West, this list is a reminder that the various diasporas are not limited to West; there is even intra-Asia migration.



The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America

by Beth Lew-Williams

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown

by Lauren Hilgers

Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York’s Chinatown and The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

by Scott D Seligman

Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity, and South Asian American Culture

by Vanita Reddy

Asian Britain: A Photographic History

by Susheila Nasta

The Face: Strangers on a Pier

a memoir by Tash Aw

Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature

by Brian C Bernards

Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora

by Sana Aiyar


kids1Children’s Fiction

Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

The Fire Horse Girl

by Kay Honeyman

Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai



Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

China Dolls by Lisa See

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan

Deep Singh Blue by Ranbir Singh Sidhu

The Blind Writer by Sameer Pandya

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon