With so many of us tucked away from the outside world, the role time plays as a collective, organizing force in our lives has gotten a bit nebulous. What’s April from May, or Monday from Saturday, when life feels limited to the four walls of your home? All the more reason, then, to battle loneliness, boredom, and screen fatigue with books that link us to our shared history and remind us that a world of outrageous diversity and imagination exists just beyond our doors. The following collection of 10 graphic novels by Asian American novelists and illustrators is just the ticket to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and let your heart and mind take a trip outside, even when your feet can’t join them.
by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine