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AANHPI Month Book List

by Lara Gamboa on 2024-05-06T08:30:00-10:00 | 0 Comments

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Looking for something fun to read to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Below, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite authors of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander descent. Most books are available to borrow from our library and the UH System. If you are looking for more recommendations or if you want to share your recommendations with us, email or chat with us!

Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Authors:

Cover ArtHawaiian Antiquities by David Malo
Call Number: Main DU 625 M257k 1951
ISBN: 9780910240154
Publication Date: 1987-01-01
"Born in 1795 and raised among chiefs, priests, artisans and scholars in the court of Kamehameha I, David Malo provides an important and authentic source on the ancient beliefs and practices of Hawaiians. Malo was among the first Hawaiians to study reading and writing with the missionaries. Although he was influenced by Christian teachings, he had been brought up under the traditional Hawaiian kapu system and his writings embody a worldview steeped in Hawaiian tradition.
Hawaiian Antiquities: Moolelo Hawaii, is a singular account of Hawaiian culture and society in pre-Christian times. This engrossing study, tells of the material world of Hawaiians, as well as their origins, myths and beliefs."
Cover ArtKalaupapa by Anwei Skinsnes Law
Call Number: Main WC 335 L415k 2012
ISBN: 9780824834654
Publication Date: 2012-09-30
"Between 1866 and 1969, an estimated 8,000 individuals—at least 90 percent of whom were Native Hawaiians—were sent to Molokai’s remote Kalaupapa peninsula because they were believed to have leprosy. Unwilling to accept the loss of their families, homes, and citizenship, these individuals ensured they would be accorded their rightful place in history. They left a powerful testimony of their lives in the form of letters, petitions, music, memoirs, and oral history interviews. Kalaupapa combines more than 200 hours of interviews with archival documents, including over 300 letters and petitions written by the earliest residents translated from Hawaiian."
Cover ArtKanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies: Mo'olelo and Metaphor by Katrina-Ann R. Kapa‘anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira (Editor, Contribution by); Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright (Editor, Contribution by); Brandi Jean Nalani Balutski (Contribution by); Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua (Contribution by); Kaiwipunikauikawekiu Lipe (Contribution by); R. Keawe Lopes Lopes (Contribution by); Summer Puanani Maunakea (Contribution by); Brandy Nalani McDougall (Contribution by); Maya L. Kawailanaokeawaiki Saffery (Contribution by); Mehana Blaich Vaughan (Contribution by)
Call Number: Main DU 624.5 K16 2016
ISBN: 9780824855857
Publication Date: 2015-10-31
Available online via JSTOR books and Project Muse and in print in the library
"For many new indigenous scholars, the start of academic research can be an experience rife with conflict in many dimensions. Though there are a multitude of approaches to research and inquiry, many of those methods ignore ancient wisdom and traditions as well as alternative worldviews and avenues for both discovery and learning. The fourth volume in the Hawai'inuiākea series, guest coedited by Katrina-Ann R. Kapā'anaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira and Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright, explores techniques for inquiry through some of the many perspectives of Kanaka 'Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) scholars at work today. Kanaka 'Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo'olelo and Metaphor is a collection of methods-focused essays written by Kanaka scholars across academic disciplines. To better illustrate for practitioners how to use research for deeper understanding, positive social change, as well as language and cultural revitalization, the texts examine Native Hawaiian Critical Race Theory, Hawaiian traditions and protocol in environmental research, using mele (song) for program evaluation, and more."
Cover ArtLa'au Hawaii by Isabella A. Abbott
Call Number: Reference GN 476.73 A131L 1992
ISBN: 0930897625
Publication Date: 1992-04-01
"The preeminent Hawaiian ethnobotanist assembled this comprehensive collection of chapters on the traditional Hawaiian uses of plants. A wide variety of subjects are gathered together in a single volume: food, clothing, cordage, shelter, canoes, tools, housewares, medicines, religious objects, weaponry, personal adornment, and recreation. There is a chapter dedicated to the staple crops, kalo and ‘uala. There is a chapter on hula and music. There is a chapter titled “Food Plants from Aquatic Sources,” on limu, Dr. Abbott’s area of expertise. As a multifaceted reference, Lā‘au Hawai‘i is a great tool to anyone interested in Hawaiian plants and culture."
Cover ArtMo'olelo: The Foundation of Hawaiian Knowledge by C. M. Kaliko Baker (Editor, Contribution by); Tammy Haili'opua Baker (Editor, Contribution by); Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio (Series edited by); Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker (Contribution by); Kahikina de Silva (Contribution by); ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui (Contribution by); Kamalani Johnson (Contribution by); Kekuhi Kanae Kanahele Keali'ikanaka'oleoHaililani (Contribution by); Larry Kimura (Contribution by); Kalehua Krug (Contribution by); Ahukini Kupihea (Contribution by); Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada (Contribution by); R. Keawe Lopes Lopes (Contribution by); Hiapokeikikane Kichie Perreira (Contribution by)
Call Number: Main PL 6448 M817 2023
ISBN: 9780824895303
Publication Date: 2023-03-31
Available online via ProQuest Ebook Central and JSTOR books and in print in the library.
"An essential contribution to contemporary Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholarship, Moʻolelo: The Foundation of Hawaiian Knowledge elevates our understanding of the importance of language and narrative to cultural revitalization. Moʻolelo preserve the words, phrases, sentences, idioms, proverbs, and poetry that define Kānaka Maoli. Encompassing narratives, literature, histories, and traditions, moʻolelo are intimately entwined with cultural identity, reciprocal relationships, and the valuing of place; collectively informing and enriching all Hawaiian life. The contributors--Kanaka Maoli scholars, artists, and advocates fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) from across the Pae ʻĀina o Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian archipelago)--describe how moʻolelo constantly inform their linguistic, literary, translation, rhetorical, and performance practices, as well as their political and cultural work. Chapters in 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi alternate with chapters in English, with translanguaging appearing when needed. Kamalani Johnson honors Larry Kauanoe Kimura's commitment to the revitalization of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Cover artist ʻAhukini Kupihea tells the story of his own creative process and uncovers the layers of meaning behind his artwork. Through careful analysis of nineteenth-century texts, R. Keawe Lopes Jr. demonstrates the importance of moʻolelo and mele (song/poetic expression) preservation. Hiapo Perreira explores the profound relationship between moʻolelo and the resurgence of kākāʻōlelo (oratory). Kekuhi KealiʻikanakaʻoleoHaililani shares a methodology and praxis for engaging with moʻolelo. Highlighting the ideology of aloha ʻāina embedded in mele, Kahikina de Silva reveals themes of political resistance found in mele about food. Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker examines mele that archive key movements in Hawaiʻi's history and employs contemporary practices to document current events. Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker delineates the political implications of drawing on moʻolelo heritage in Kanaka Maoli theatre. kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui focuses upon moʻolelo found in the politically conscious artwork of Kanaka Maoli wāhine (women) visual artists. Kamaoli Kuwada evaluates the difficulties and benefits of translation and stresses the importance of fluency. C. M. Kaliko Baker further demonstrates how fluency and comprehension of moʻolelo make it possible to retrieve essential empirical data on Hawaiian linguistic practice. Kalehua Krug takes us on his journey of learning to become a kākau mōlī (traditional tattoo artist). The essays together provide rich perspectives for Kānaka Maoli seeking to understand their pasts, to define who they are today, and to set their courses for desired and necessary futures."
Cover ArtOlelo No'eau by Mary Kawena Pukui
Call Number: Main PN 6519.H4 P979o 1983
ISBN: 9780910240932
Publication Date: 1983-01-01
"This extraordinary collection of Hawaiian sayings--collected, translated, and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui--offers a unique opportunity to savor the wisdom, poetic beauty, and earthy humor of these finely crafted expressions. The sayings may be appreciated individually and collectively for their aesthetic, historic, and educational values. They reveal even deeper layers of meaning, giving understanding not only of Hawaii and its people but all of humanity. Since the sayings carry the immediacy of the spoken word, considered to be the highest form of cultural expression in old Hawaii, they bring us closer to the everyday thoughts and lives of the Hawaiians who created them. Taken together, the sayings offer a basis for an understanding of the essence and origins of traditional Hawaiian values." -- viewed August 3, 2020.
People and Cultures of Hawaii by John F. McDermott; Naleen Naupaka Andrade
Call Number: Main BF 698.9.C8 P419 2011
ISBN: 9780824835804
Publication Date: 2011-04-30
Available online via Project Muse and in print in the library
Cover ArtThis Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila
ISBN: 9780770436254
Publication Date: 2013-07-09
"A visceral, poignant, and elegantly gritty work of debut fiction set in Hawaii, in the vein of Junot Diaz's Drown and Danielle Evans's Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self This is the real Hawai'i: life is not the paradisical adventure that honeymooners or movie-goers see. Danger lurks on beautiful beaches, violence bubbles under the smooth surf, and characters come face to face with the inevitability of change and the need to define who they are against the forces of tradition and expectation. In these stories, a young woman decides to take revenge on the man who had her father murdered - only to find that her father wasn't who she thought he was. Three different groups of Hawaiian women observe and comment on the progress of an American tourist through one day and one night in Honolulu. And a young couple have an encounter with a stray dog that shakes their relationship to the core. Intimately tied to the Hawaiian Islands, This is Paradise explores the relationships among native Hawaiians, local citizens, and emigrants from (and to) the contiguous forty-eight states."
Asian American Authors:
Cover ArtBeing Mortal by Atul Gawande
Call Number: Main WB 310 G284b 2014
ISBN: 9780805095159
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
Anyone who's had to care for an aging parent knows the difficulty of deciding when it's time to consider a nursing home or hospice. In Being Mortal, the ever thoughtful surgeon and author Atul Gawande asks us to think about what it really means to age gracefully and die with dignity when modern medicine can do so much to extend life.
Cover ArtThe Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Call Number: Graphic Medicine E 184.V53 B932b 2017
ISBN: 9781419718779
Publication Date: 2017-03-07
Bui's incredible graphic novel is part memoir and part family history. Her parents escaped South Vietnam in the 70's with their children and the pain of that forced immigration cast a long shadow over all their lives. Bui struggles with this inherited trauma as she becomes a mother herself. An essential read for anyone seeking to better understand refugee communities and/or Vietnamese-American culture.
Cover ArtBetter: a surgeon's notes on performance by Atul Gawande
Call Number: Main WZ 100 G286b 2007
ISBN: 9780805082111
Publication Date: 2007-04-03
The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. Author Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. Gawande's stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemma of lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the contentious history of hand washing. And he gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a firsthand account of a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable.--From publisher description.
Cover ArtCutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Call Number: Main WZ 350 V496c 2010
ISBN: 9780375714368
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
“Wildly imaginative. . . . Verghese has the rare gift of showing his characters in different lights as the story evolves, from tragedy to comedy to melodrama, with an ending that is part Dickens, part Grey’s Anatomy. The novel works as a family saga, but it is also something more, a lovely ode to the medical profession.” —Entertainment Weekly
Cover ArtThe Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Call Number: MANOA Main RC275 .M85 2010
ISBN: 9781439107959
Publication Date: 2010-11-16
An unauthorized biography told through the voices of people who have lived, toiled, and, yes, died under cancer’s inexorable watch. Mukherjee recounts cancer’s first known literary reference—hence its birth, so to speak—in the teachings of the Egyptian physician Imhotep in the twenty-fifth century BCE, in which it is clear that Imhotep possessed no tools with which to treat what appears to be breast cancer. His cryptic note under “Therapy:” “There is none.” Throughout cancer’s subsequent years, many more physicians and scientists with names both familiar and obscure attempted and occasionally succeeded in deciphering or unlocking keys to many of the disease’s mysteries. Alas, this is not a posthumous biography, but it is nonetheless a surprisingly accessible and encouraging narrative. --Donna Chavez
Cover ArtThe Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Call Number: Main QU 475 M953g 2016
ISBN: 9781476733500
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
Siddhartha Mukherjee is a first-rate science writer, who makes even the trickiest bits of biology easy to understand. But The Gene, his disarming study of what's known and believed about inheritance, is really a story about people — about the way blind luck, missed opportunities and misguided ambition can win or lose the day in scientific research and life. "Science is an endurance sport," Mukherjee writes. Take, for example, Austrian monk Gregor Mendel, who planted his famous peas only after twice failing his exams to teach high school science. There is much humor and warmth in Mukherjee's book, but he also chronicles the devastating history of eugenics. For anyone eager to learn more about the real promise and limits of "personalized medicine," to understand where we've been and where we're headed, The Gene is an insightful guide. -Deb Franklin
Cover ArtLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang; Thien Pham (Illustrator)
Call Number: Graphic Medicine PZ 7.7.Y35 Y225L 2016
ISBN: 9781250108111
Publication Date: 2016-07-19
"Dennis Ouyang’s destiny, as decreed by his late, Chinese-immigrant father, is to become a gastroenterologist...." This is an excellent book about what it takes to become a doctor, the kind of pressure families can exert on students, and how difficult it is to stay on track without losing sight of your self. [Multiple copies available for book discussions!]

Cover ArtPeriod Power by Nadya Okamoto; Rebecca Elfast (Illustrator)
Call Number: Main GN 484.38 O41p 2018
ISBN: 9781534430211
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
"Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table, creating discriminations like the tampon tax, medicines that favor male biology, and more. Period Power aims to explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods."
Cover ArtThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Call Number: Main WL 385 F145s 1998
ISBN: 9780374525644
Publication Date: 1998-09-30
“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down changed how doctors see themselves and how they see their patients. Anne Fadiman celebrates the complexity and the individuality of the human interactions that make up the practice of medicine while simultaneously pointing out directions for change and breaking readers' hearts with the tragedies of cultural displacement, medical limitations, and futile good intentions.” ―Perri Klass, M.D., author of A Not Entirely Benign Procedure

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