southeast asian

This page is a list of books with Southeast Asian protagonists and/or written by Southeast Asian authors. Southeast Asia includes: Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam (and more, these are just the countries I currently have books for). 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.

CORRECTION FORM

I haven’t read a lot of these books, so some of the listed representation may be wrong or vague. Please submit any corrections to these books! Note that: New submissions should be submitted in the form in the original post, not this one. You can also contact me by email here.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Southeast Asia
  2. Malaysia
  3. Philippines
  4. Thailand
  5. Vietnam

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

Southeast Asia

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Shadow Players series by Heidi Heilig
(read my review of book one here)
rep: Southeast Asian inspiration, ownvoices protagonist with bipolar disorder, ownvoices biracial protagonist; author of chinese descent
genre: fantasy

Malaysia

YOUNG ADULT

historical

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Malaysian protagonists and characters
genre: historical
setting: Malaysia

fantasy

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Girls of Paper and Fire trilogy by Natasha Ngan
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices Asian-inspired world and characters; author of Chinese Malaysian descent
genre: fantasy
tw: violence, sexual assault

ADULT

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The True Queen by Zen Chorep: wlw Malaysian protagonist, half-Indian main character, lesbian love interest, Black side character, ownvoices Malaysian characters
genre: historical fantasy
setting: England
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choorep: ownvoices Chinese Malaysian protagonist
genre: historical fantasy
setting: Malaysia
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choorep: ownvoices Chinese Malaysian protagonists
genre: historical fantasy
setting: Malaysia

Philippines

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

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Prom Queen Perfect by Clarissa Davidrep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: Philippines
Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruzrep: ownvoices Filipino-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: Philippines
A Thousand Fires by Shannon Pricerep: ownvoices Filipino-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribayrep: ownvoices Filipino-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

fantasy

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: Asian inspiration; Filipino author
genre: fantasy
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
(read my review here)
rep: lesbian East Asian-coded protagonist, lesbian protagonist; Filipino author
genre: fantasy
Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Filipino-American protagonist, ownvoices nonbinary Chinese main character, Japanese main character
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.
The Gilded Wolves trilogy by Roshani Chokshi
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: bisexual biracial (Filipino (ownvoices), Spanish) protagonist, biracial (Algerian, French) protagonist, ownvoices Indian (Tamil) protagonist, Jewish protagonist, mlm biracial (Haitian, French) main character
genre: historical fantasy
setting: France, Russia
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Filipino-coded protagonists
genre: science fiction

NEW ADULT

romance

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Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists
genre: romance
setting: Philippines

fantasy

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Interim Goddess of Love trilogy by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonist and characters
genre: fantasy
setting: Philippines

ADULT

romance

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My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Welcome to Envy Park by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerrarep: ownvoices Filipino protagonists and characters
genre: romance
setting: Philippines
Faker by Sarah Smithrep: ownvoices biracial (Filipino, white) protagonist
genre: romance
setting: U.S.

fantasy

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Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Filipino-coded protagonist and main character, Japanese-coded protagonist, wlw Chinese-coded protagonist, lesbian Korean-coded protagonist
genre: fantasy
Chronicles of the Bitch Queen series by K.S. Villosorep: ownvoices Filipino inspiration
genre: fantasy

Thailand

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Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn
(out September 1, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Thai-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunnrep: ownvoices Thai-American protagonist
genre: horror
setting: U.S.

Vietnam

MIDDLE GRADE

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Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
rep: ownvoices Vietnamese-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lairep: ownvoices Vietnamese protagonist
genre: historical
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary / historical

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A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
(out February 2021)
rep: ownvoices Vietnamese-American protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Vietnamese-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lairep: ownvoices Vietnamese protagonist
genre: historical
setting: U.S.
The Coconut Children by Vivian Phamrep: ownvoices Vietnamese-Australian protagonists
genre: historical
setting: Australia

fantasy / science fiction

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Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Vietnamese inspiration
genre: fantasy
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Leerep: ownvoices bisexual biracial (Vietnamese, Chinese) protagonist
genre: science fiction

ADULT

romance

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoangrep: ownvoices biracial (Vietnamese, white) protagonists and side characters
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices biracial (Vietnamese, white) protagonist, Vietnamese-American protagonist and side characters
genre: romance
setting: U.S.

fantasy

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Dominion of the Fallen series by Aliette de Bodardrep: ownvoices Vietnamese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodardrep: ownvoices Vietnamese inspiration
genre: fantasy
In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodardrep: ownvoices Vietnamese inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Vietnamese inspiration
genre: fantasy