Gosh, it's been so long since I actually blogged about anything that I wasn't sure where to start. Then I remembered I needed your help.
As a lot of you know by now, City of a Thousand Dolls is a South-Asian based fantasy. And is plainly obvious from the picture on the sidebar, I'm not Asian. I'm about as white as you can get. The few hints of diversity in my background are overwhelmingly blotted out by my mixed-European heritage. Not only am I Caucasian by birth, I was also raised in one of the most homogeneous areas of the country, Eastern Washington/North Idaho.
Why am I telling you this? Well, because I did a guest post for YA Highway a few weeks ago about writing the non-western fantasy where I said this:
We need more non-western fantasy, and we need people who can write it with respect and understanding, to open the doors to still more diversity.
And someone on Twitter pointed out (not to me, I just happened to see it) that the way to encourage more diversity in fiction was to buy books written by POC writers. Which is completely true, and something I was sorry that I hadn't mentioned. (I've lost the original tweet so I cannot give credit for it, but if you're reading this, random person on Twitter, thank you.)
Now I would never tell you not to buy my book, because let's face it, I'd like to keep eating and to be able to write more books and sales are tremendously helpful with that. BUT I also know that there are a lot of great Asian fantasy novels out there that are truer and richer then mine could ever be precisely because they are written by people intimately familiar with the culture.
So I started thinking about ways I could help steer people to those books and decided one way to do it was to have a page on this blog dedicated to highlighting Asian fantasies by Asian and Asian American writers. So I took down my "Great Books" Page, and instead there's a page for Asian fantasy recommendations. There are already two books on it, the magic-fantastic Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon and Prophecy by fellow debut-er Ellen Oh. But I need MORE.
So give me your recommendations, Interwebs. What are some wonderful adult, young adult and middle grade Asian-based fantasies that YOU know of?