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Statement in Solidarity With API Communities

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A Message from City Librarian John F. Szabo

The Los Angeles Public Library condemns the continuing acts of violence against members of our Asian and Pacific Islander communities across the country. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, victims, and their families during this challenging moment, when fear accompanies even the most basic daily experiences. We all deserve to live without the threat of violence and to feel safe in our neighborhoods.

The recent assaults come on the heels of over 2,800 acts of documented anti-Asian hate incidents between March to December 2020, with chilling consequences for our community members who fear violence whenever they leave their homes. There are many additional cases that are misclassified, ignored, or unreported.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Ridley-Thomas have issued statements condemning Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes, and the City’s new Civil + Human Rights Equity Department is deeply invested in this work. The Los Angeles City Council has also introduced motions to address violence and harassment against Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Our library will be encouraging dialogue within our local communities about persistent negative stereotypes about Asians and Pacific Islanders and how to dismantle them; gathering and providing resources on interventions and responses that provide culturally and linguistically sensitive services for survivors, victims, and their families. At present, we encourage our community to refer to the Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association’s 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources and COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12.

We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We urge our library community to stand with us by publicly condemning anti-API racism through visible actions, which we encourage you to share through APALA’s Stand with APALA Against Anti-AAPI Racism. We call on our partner organizations and allies to join forces with us in battling discrimination, xenophobia, and white supremacy. To our Asian and Pacific Islander communities, please know that we see you and we stand with you. We want you to feel safe and supported in your city and at the library.

In solidarity,

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John F. Szabo

Adult Fiction

  • The Sympathizer

    The Sympathizer

    Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-
  • A burning

    A burning

    Majumdar, Megha
  • Aiiieeeee! : an anthology of Asian American writers

    Aiiieeeee! : an anthology of Asian American writers

  • America is not the heart

    America is not the heart

    Castillo, Elaine
  • Black flower

    Black flower

    Kim, Young-ha
  • Charlie Chan is dead : an anthology of contemporary Asian American fiction

    Charlie Chan is dead : an anthology of contemporary Asian American fiction

  • Days of Distraction

    Days of Distraction

    Chang, Alexandra
  • Dragonfish : A Novel

    Dragonfish : A Novel

    Tran, Vu, 1975-
  • East goes West : the making of an oriental Yankee

    East goes West : the making of an oriental Yankee

    Kang, Younghill, 1898-1972
  • How much of these hills is gold

    How much of these hills is gold

    Zhang, C Pam
  • How to pronounce knife : stories

    How to pronounce knife : stories

    Thammavongsa, Souvankham, 1978-
  • I Hotel

    I Hotel

    Yamashita, Karen Tei, 1951-
  • Iep jāltok : poems from a Marshallese daughter

    Iep jāltok : poems from a Marshallese daughter

    Jetn̄il-Kijiner, Kathy
  • If they come for us : poems

    If they come for us : poems

    Asghar, Fatimah
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan

    In the Shadow of the Banyan

    Ratner, Vaddey.

    Cambodia

  • Interior Chinatown

    Interior Chinatown

    Yu, Charles

    Winner: 2020 National Book Award for Fiction

  • Island of shattered dreams

    Island of shattered dreams

    Spitz, Chantal T., 1954-
  • Jasmine nights

    Jasmine nights

    Somtow, S. P.
  • Latitudes of longing

    Latitudes of longing

    Swarup, Shubhangi
  • Letters to memory

    Letters to memory

    Yamashita, Karen Tei, 1951-
  • Miss Burma

    Miss Burma

    Craig, Charmaine
  • Native speaker

    Native speaker

    Lee, Chang-rae
  • On Earth we're briefly gorgeous

    On Earth we're briefly gorgeous

    Vuong, Ocean
  • Pachinko

    Pachinko

    Lee, Min Jin
  • Quarantine : stories

    Quarantine : stories

    Mehta, Rahul.
  • Secret daughter

    Secret daughter

    Gowda, Shilpi.
  • Seventeen syllables and other stories

    Seventeen syllables and other stories

    Yamamoto, Hisaye.
  • Soft science

    Soft science

    Choi, Franny
  • Songs of the dragons flying to heaven and other plays

    Songs of the dragons flying to heaven and other plays

    Lee, Young Jean
  • The farm

    The farm

    Ramos, Joanne
  • The fortunes

    The fortunes

    Davies, Peter Ho, 1966-
  • The gangster we are all looking for

    The gangster we are all looking for

    Lê, Thi Diem Thúy, 1972-
  • The last story of Mina Lee

    The last story of Mina Lee

    Kim, Nancy Jooyoun
  • The mountains sing

    The mountains sing

    Nguyẽ̂n, Phan Qué̂ Mai
  • The refugees

    The refugees

    Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-
  • The Wangs vs. the world

    The Wangs vs. the world

    Chang, Jade, 1975-
  • This is paradise : stories

    This is paradise : stories

    Kahakauwila, Kristiana.
  • Unaccustomed earth

    Unaccustomed earth

    Lahiri, Jhumpa.
  • When the elephants dance

    When the elephants dance

    Holthe, Tess Uriza
  • Your house will pay

    Your house will pay

    Cha, Steph

Anti-Asian Racism Literature for Children and Young Adults

  • American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    Yang, Gene Luen
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

    Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

    Wilson, G. Willow
  • A different mirror for young people : a history of multicultural America

    A different mirror for young people : a history of multicultural America

    Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
  • A Different Pond

    A Different Pond

    Phi, Bao
  • A Map Into the World

    A Map Into the World

    Yang, Kao Kalia
  • A young people's history of the United States

    A young people's history of the United States

    Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

    An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

    Mendoza, Jean
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : future author extraordinaire

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : future author extraordinaire

    Tan, Susan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : the epic story

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : the epic story

    Tan, Susan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : this book is a classic

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : this book is a classic

    Tan, Susan
  • Dragon road

    Dragon road

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Dragons of silk

    Dragons of silk

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Dragonwings

    Dragonwings

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Fred Korematsu speaks up

    Fred Korematsu speaks up

    Atkins, Laura
  • Front Desk

    Front Desk

    Kelly Yang

    Mia Tang helps her parents run an Anaheim motel that becomes a haven for struggling immigrants.

  • Green Lantern : legacy

    Green Lantern : legacy

    Lê, Minh, 1979-
  • Journey to Topaz : a story of the Japanese-American evacuation

    Journey to Topaz : a story of the Japanese-American evacuation

    Uchida, Yoshiko.
  • Juna's jar

    Juna's jar

    Bahk, Jane.
  • Shining star : the Anna May Wong story

    Shining star : the Anna May Wong story

    Yoo, Paula.
  • Sixteen years in sixteen seconds : the Sammy Lee story

    Sixteen years in sixteen seconds : the Sammy Lee story

    Yoo, Paula.
  • Superman smashes the klan

    Superman smashes the klan

    Yang, Gene Luen.
  • They Called Us Enemy

    They Called Us Enemy

    George Takei
  • Unidentified suburban object

    Unidentified suburban object

    Jung, Mike

Young Adult Fiction

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