Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now

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About the Author

JEFF YANG has been observing, exploring, and writing about the Asian American community for over thirty years. He launched one of the first Asian American national magazines, A. Magazine, in the late '90s and early 2000s, and now writes frequently for CNN, Quartz, Slate and elsewhere. He has written/edited three books--Jackie Chan's New York Times-best-selling memoir I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action; Once Upon a Time in China, a history of the cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland; and Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

PHIL YU is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news and culture blog, Angry Asian Man, which has had a devoted following since 2001. His commentary has been featured and quoted in Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

PHILIP WANG is the co-founder of the hugely influential production company Wong Fu Productions. Since the mid 2000s, his creative work has garnered over 3 million subscribers and half a billion views online, as well as recognition from NPR and CNN for its impact on Asian American representation. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.


Awkwafina. Andrew Yang. Mindy Kaling. Kamala Harris. We've never before lived in a moment where so many Asian American names have been on the tips of American tongues--the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans raised after 1965's Hart-Cellar Act passed would have found it difficult to imagine that sushi and boba tea would one day be beloved by all, that a Korean boy band named BTS would be on the cover of Time, that one of the biggest movies of 2018 would be Crazy Rich Asians, or that a Facebook group of Asian American identity memes would have almost 2 million members. And that's not mentioning the Asian American execs behind the scenes at some of the biggest companies in history, the Asian American activists and representatives fighting for equity, the singers, rappers, dance crews, YouTubers, and Instagram pioneers making their mark on pop culture.

Relatively speaking, we've only just arrived here. A little over thirty years ago, the country's only real Asian American icon was Sixteen Candle's Long Duk Dong. Moving through the pop-cultural touchstones and sociopolitical shifts of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s and beyond, Jeff Yang and his fellow co-writers chronicle how we've arrived at today's unprecedented diversity of Asian American cultural representation, through engaging, interactive graphics (like side-by-side comparisons of all of our beloved Asian grocery stores), charts (what's the exact ratio of yellowface to actual representation per decade?), comics from major artists like Gene Luen Yang, exclusive interviews with Asian American comedians, essays from each three of the co-authors, and more. Rise is an informative, lively, and inclusive celebration of community, and will remain a cultural touchstone for years to come.