Gold House Launches Book Club for Asian American Lit

Gold House, a nonprofit collective of Asian and Pacific Islander business founders, cultural leaders, and creators, is launching its inaugural book club on October 1. A pilot event this past summer focused on The Joy Luck Club, with author Amy Tan and the actors who played every Joy Luck Club daughter from the feature film all in attendance. The club will now be formalized as "a series of curated book lists and virtual events to help Asian Americans better understand their identity and culture in today’s political and social climate."

The inaugural list features six books selected with the help of an advisory council of leading Asian American writers, activists, and academics, including Tan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, and many of the nation’s leading Asian American Studies professors. One book will be featured each month, beginning in October with Jose Antonio Vargas’ Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen in honor of Filipino American History Month. Each list will also feature a selection of Asian American children’s books. d how you can participate at

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