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Gold House

Gold Records celebrate and codify the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) culture through programs that strengthen generational bonds, enshrine our legacy, and shape the narrative of our future.

The first Gold Record is the Gold House Book Club. After a successful pilot event with The Joy Luck Club, Gold House formalized the Book Club as a series of curated book lists and virtual events to help APIs better understand our identity, experience, and culture in today’s political and social climate. Book Club Lists will be published every six months with related programming, i.e., a “syllabus” every “semester,” on the Gold House website as well as social media channels. A selection of childrens’ books will also be featured to share diverse stories with young audiences during their critical stages of development.

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October 2020

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
by Jose Antonio Vargas

November 2020

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
by Cathy Park Hong

December 2020

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

January 2021

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

February 2021

by Min Jin Lee

March 2021

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri


A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen
Round Is A Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong



Hot Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by Farhana Zia
The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Too Many Mangos by Tammy Paikai



The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
More to the Story by Hena Khan
The Mystery of the Masked Medalist by Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta


The inaugural Book Club List was created through a rigorous selection process with the help of an Advisory Council of leading API writers, activists, and professors.

Aileen Lee, Founder & Partner, Cowboy Ventures

Amy Tan, Author

Anthony Ocampo, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

Catherine Ceniza Choy, UC Berkeley Professor of Ethnic Studies

Christine Bacareza Balance, Associate Professor of Performing & Media Arts and Asian American Studies, Cornell

Fariha Khan, Associate Director, Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania

Helen Zia, Author & Activist

Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director, Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Jeff Yang, Writer & Journalist

Jennifer Ho, Director, Center for Humanities & the Arts; Eaton Professor of Humanities and the Arts; Professor, Ethnic Studies; University of Colorado Boulder

Josephine Park, Director of Asian American Studies, Professor of English and Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine

Pawan Dhingra, Professor and Faculty Equity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College

Phil Yu, Blogger & Podcaster

Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Sayantani DasGupta, Physician, Scholar, Children’s Book Author, Senior Lecturer at Columbia University

Shalini Shankar, Professor, Northwestern University

Shilpa Davé, Assistant Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia

Soo Ah Kwon, Associate Professor and Head of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Viet Nguyen, Writer

Yen Le Espiritu, Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego