Asian Stories

Last Updated: September 27, 2023

Drizzle, Dreams and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

Sisters Nidhi, Avani, Sirisha, and Rani experience romance and coming-of-age while working at their family’s inn on Orcas Island.

Himawari House by Harmony Becker

Himawari House
by Harmony Becker

When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio live together, share meals, and even attend the same Japanese-language school, which results in them becoming fast friends. But will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with new loves, old heart breaks, and the everyday challenges of being fish out of water?

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Not Here to Be Liked
by Michelle Quach

After losing the editor-in-chief job of the student newspaper to inexperienced newcomer Len, Eliza inadvertently starts a feminist movement in her school, but amid growing tensions within the school, she begins developing feelings for Len.

Strike the Zither by Joan He

Strike the Zither
by Joan He

As three warring fractures try to gain control of the kingdom, orphaned Zephyr, a strategist serving Xin Ren, infiltrates an enemy camp where she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who might just be her match.

The Cartographers by Amy Zhang

The Cartographers
by Amy Zhang

Seventeen-year-old Ocean Wu moves to New York City to start college, but she defers her enrollment, keeping it a secret from her immigrant mother, and instead uses the time to deal with her ambivalence about her place in the world.

The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart by Chesil

Inspired by a mysterious message, seventeen-year-old Ginny Park sets off to find herself as she reflects on her experiences of growing up Zainichi, an ethnic Korean born in Japan, and the incident that forced her to leave years prior.

The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

The Love Match
by Priyanka Taslim

When her mother sets her up with handsome, aloof Harun, eighteen-year-old Bangladeshi American Zahra pretends to date him while she pursues her coworker, Nayim, but she quickly finds herself second-guessing her true feelings.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish
by Trung Le Nguyen

Real life isn’t a fairytale. But Tié̂n still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tié̂n, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through? Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua

After getting rejected from her dream college, sixteen-year-old Filipino American Perla Perez forges her own acceptance and commits to living a lie at university.

This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang

This Time It’s Real
by Ann Liang

When seventeen-year-old Eliza Lin’s entirely fictional essay about meeting her perfect boyfriend goes viral at her international school in Beijing, she has to make a deal with the handsome and charming Caz Song to play the part–but when the relationship starts to feel real all her career plans are suddenly threatened.