east asian

This page is a list of books with East Asian protagonists and/or written by East Asian authors. East Asia includes: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Each category is split into age range and genre.

A table of contents can be found below. If you would like to submit a book to add a book to this list, please see the form in the original post.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. East Asia
  2. China
  3. Japan
  4. Korea
  5. Taiwan

bold = series
books of a series listed individually = can be read as a standalone

East Asia

YOUNG ADULT

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The Reader trilogy by Traci Cheerep: ownvoices East Asian-coded protagonist; author of Chinese and Japanese descent
genre: fantasy
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
(read my review here)
rep: East Asian inspiration; Vietnamese-American author
genre: fantasy
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Daorep: East Asian inspiration; Vietnamese-American author
genre: fantasy
Ignite the Stars duology by Maura Milan
(read my review of book two here)
rep: ownvoices East Asian-coded protagonists; Filipino author
genre: science fiction
The Girl King duology by Mimi Yurep: ownvoices East Asian inspiration
genre: fantasy
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
(out 2021)
rep: ownvoices East Asian inspiration
genre: fantasy

ADULT

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The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices East Asian-coded protagonists; Chinese-American author
genre: fantasy
The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Leerep: East Asian-coded characters; Korean-American author
genre: science fiction

China

MIDDLE GRADE

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Stargazing by Jen Wangrep: Chinese-American protagonists; Taiwanese-American author
genre: contemporary, graphic novel
setting: U.S.
Front Desk duology by Kelly Yangrep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary / historical / horror / mystery

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Love from A to Z by S.K. Alirep: biracial (Chinese, white) protagonist, Pakistani/Guyanese/Trinidadian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: Qatar, U.S.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chenrep: adopted ownvoices Chinese-American main character/love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S., China
cw: verbal abuse, parental abuse
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
(read my review here)
rep: multiracial protagonist, lesbian Samoan side character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgaterep: ownvoices bisexual Chinese-American protagonist, Japanese-American love interest, Indian-American side character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgaterep: pansexual protagonist; bisexual author of Chinese descent
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: Taiwan
Parachutes by Kelly Yang (out May 26, 2020)rep: ownvoices Chinese/Chinese-American protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Leerep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist, Black main character
genre: historical
setting: U.S.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Leerep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist and side characters
genre: historical
setting: U.S.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist and main character
genre: historical
setting: U.S.
Shadow Girl by Liana Liurep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist
genre: horror
setting: U.S.
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lorep: ownvoices lesbian Chinese-American protagonist
genre: mystery
setting: U.S.

fantasy / science fiction

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
(out November 17, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Chinese protagonist
genre: historical fantasy
Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fanrep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Girl from Everywhere duology by Heidi Heiligrep: ownvoices biracial (Chinese, white) protagonist, Persian side character/love interest
genre: fantasy
The Blood of Stars series by Elizabeth Lim
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
Ash by Malinda Lorep: ownvoices lesbian Chinese-coded protagonist
genre: fantasy
Silver Phoenix duology by Cindy Ponrep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
Serpentine duology by Cindy Ponrep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo duology by F.C. Yee
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist, main character, and side characters
genre: fantasy
Warcross duology by Marie Lurep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist, Japanese side character/love interest
genre: science fiction
setting: Japan
Rebelwing duology by Andrea Tangrep: ownvoices Chinese protagonist
genre: science fiction

ADULT

contemporary / historical / romance

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The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Changrep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngrep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist, biracial (Chinese, white) protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ngrep: ownvoices Chinese side character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
French Concession by Xiao Bairep: ownvoices Chinese characters
genre: historical
setting: China
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Limrep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist and characters
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
(out August 4, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Chinese-American protagonist
genre: romance
setting: France

fantasy / science fiction

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The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
(out June 23, 2020)
rep: Chinese-coded characters, nonbinary protagonist, gay side characters
genre: fantasy
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang
(out September 29, 2020)
rep: ownvoices wlw Chinese-coded protagonists
genre: fantasy
The Poppy War trilogy by R.F. Kuang
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
cw: self-harm, suicide, rape, sexual assault , murder, infanticide, mutilation, torture, drug use, familial abuse, emotional abuse, human experimentation, chemical warfare, genocide
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
(out September 8, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: fantasy
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
(out 2021)
rep: ownvoices Chinese inspiration
genre: historical fantasy
setting: China
An Excess Male by Maggie Shen Kingrep: Chinese characters; Taiwanese author
genre: science fiction
setting: China
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and translated by Ken Liurep: ownvoices Chinese characters
genre: science fiction
authors: Chen Qiufan, Xia Jia, Ma Bo Yong, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Cheng Jingbo, Liu Cixin
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and translated by Ken Liurep: ownvoices Chinese characters
genre: science fiction
authors: Xia Jia, Zhang Ran, Tang Fei, Han Song, Cheng Jingbo, Baoshu, Hao Jingfang, Fei Dao, Liu Cixin, Anna Wu, Ma Bo Yong, Gu Shi, Regina Kanyu Want, Chen Qiufan, and Mingwei Song

Japan

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary / historical / mystery

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist with anxiety
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowmanrep: ownvoices aromantic asexual biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist; Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Filipino, Black side characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman
(read my review here)
rep: mutliracial (Japanese, Chinese, white) protagonist with depression, side character/love interest with anxiety
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist, Japanese love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: Japan
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiurarep: wlw ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist, wlw Mexican-American love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiurarep: ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist, bisexual love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamakirep: biracial (East Asian, white) lesbian protagonist, lesbian love interest, gay character, Black gay character, Black wlw characters, lesbian character; Japanese-Canadian author
genre: contemporary, graphic novel
setting: U.S.
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukudarep: ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist
genre: historical
setting; U.S.
Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetanirep: ownvoices Japanese protagonist
genre: mystery
setting: U.S.

fantasy / science fiction

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Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jeanrep: ownvoices Japanese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawagenre: fantasy
Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawarep: ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist
genre: fantasy
Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawarep: ownvoices Japanese inspiration
genre: fantasy
Seven Deadly Shadows by Valynne Maetani and Courtney Alamedarep: ownvoices Japanese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
(out May 5, 2020)
rep: ownvoices queer Japanese-coded protagonist, Black-coded protagonist
genre: fantasy
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
(out 2021)
rep: ownvoices Japanese-American protagonist
genre: science fiction

ADULT

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Heroine Complex series by Sarah Kuhn
(read my reviews of book three and the novella)
rep: ownvoices biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist (book 1); Chinese-American protagonist (book 2); bisexual biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist, Japanese-American love interest, biracial (Japanese, Black) side character
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.

Korea

MIDDLE GRADE

contemporary

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Hanrep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary

fantasy

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Leerep: ownvoices Korean protagonist and inspiration
genre: fantasy, science fiction

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary / historical

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choirep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices biracial (ownvoices Korean, Pakistani) protagonist, biracial (Mexican, white) love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Since You Asked by Maurene Goorep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist, lesbian Mexican-American side character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goorep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist, Chinese-American love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: Hong Kong
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
(read my review of book three here)
rep: biracial (ownvoices Korean, white) protagonist and side characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices bisexual Korean-American protagonist and love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: South Korea
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Made in Korea by Sarah Suk
(out 2021)
rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Frankly in Love by David Yoonrep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
(out November 17, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Silence of Bones by June Hurrep: ownvoices Korean protagonist
genre: historical
setting: Korea

fantasy / science fiction

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Gumiho duology by Kat Cho
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Korean protagonists and characters
genre: fantasy
setting: South Korea
The Dragon King Chronicles by Ellen Ohrep: ownvoices Korean inspiration
genre: fantasy
Toxic by Lydia Kangrep: ownvoices Korean protagonist
genre:
science fiction
Rebel Seoul duology by Axie Ohrep: ownvoices Korean protagonists and characters
genre: science fiction

ADULT

romance

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A Sweet Mess by Jayci Leerep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonists
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Parkrep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist
genre: romance
setting: U.S.

fantasy / science fiction

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Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
(out October 20, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Korean-coded characters
genre: fantasy, science fiction

Taiwan

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

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American Panda by Gloria Chao
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist, Japanese-American love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chaorep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist and love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S., Taiwan
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
(out September 1, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Taiwanese-American protagonist and love interest
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Panrep: biracial (ownvoices Taiwanese, white) protagonist, Taiwanese characters
genre: contemporary
setting: Taiwan
cw: suicide, depression

science fiction

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Want duology by Cindy Pon
(read my review of book one here)
rep: ownvoices Taiwanese protagonist and main characters, Filipino side character, Indian side character
genre: science fiction
setting: Taiwan