S278. Finding Your Mirror: Asian American Representation in YA/Coming-of-Age Lit

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In many young adult or coming-of-age novels, the main character is usually not Asian American or of Asian descent. Usually seen as the best friend of the main character or even as the sidekick in the story, young Asian American readers might find themselves without a character to relate to. During this panel, authors will discuss Asian representation in young adult/coming-of-age literature and why they choose to write from the perspective of, or as, an Asian American character.



Anna Atoria is a graduate of Adelphi University's MFA program with a concentration in fiction. She is currently working on her first novella and an essay collection.

Gina Apostol's last novel, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize (Philippine National Book Award). Her latest novel is Insurrecto.

Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She is the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. Not the Girls You're Looking For is her first novel.

An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of A Step from HeavenWait for MeThe Fold, and The Place Between Breaths. Her awards and honors include: Michael L. Printz Award, International Reading Association Award, National Book Award Finalist.


March 4–7, 2020
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