Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List


Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List


Created to commemorate the Chinese American Librarians Association’s 50th Anniversary, Stories Beyond Borders features children’s, middle grade, and young adult books centering Chinese American and diasporic voices. Rooted in different parts of the world, these empowering stories transcend borders and reflect the multifaceted experiences of our communities, leading us toward a brighter future full of hope, harmony, and unchecked possibilities. This celebratory reading list is formed through a collaboration between the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in consultation with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The CALA/YALSA Taskforce members are Crystal Chen, Melody Leung, Jen Woo, Cathy Andronik, Christy Lau, Susen Shi, and Amy Chow. Books are selected based on their authenticity, accuracy, appeal, and creativity. Recent publications between 2020–2022 are prioritized due to their relevance. Some older books are included due to their historical influence and continued significance to Chinese American youth literature and are marked with an asterisk (*). The Taskforce recognizes the deep complexity of a Chinese American and diasporic experience across geopolitical boundaries and thus took an inclusive approach to selection whenever possible.


Chen, Crystal; Leung, Melody; Woo, Jen; Shi, Susen; Chow, Amy; Lau, Christy; Andronik, Cathy


Chinese American Librarians Association




Chi, Allison; Kuo, Julia


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8.5 inches x 11 inches




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10 pages

Bibliographic Citation

Chen, C., Leung, M., Woo, J., Shi, S., Chow, A., Lau, C., Andronik, Chi, A., & Kuo, J. (2023). Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List. The Chinese American Librarians Association. Retrieved from

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Crystal Chen, “Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed June 15, 2024,