A Year into Asian YA and New Beginnings

It’s been about a year since I first launched Asian YA on tumblr and started my database, so I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the experience and look forward to new beginnings and change.

When I first decided to start Asian YA, I brought it up to a few trusted friends who have been nothing but encouraging every step of the way. Thank you to Sue and Mana, who have been champions of my efforts since I launched this website and the idea behind it. For every text message where I’ve asked for advice and motivation and encouragment, for every time you’ve cheered for me as Asian YA has expanded. I would be nowhere without you and I love and appreciate you both so much.

Over the course of the year, I’ve slowly expanded the database of Asian YA to over 300 titles (as well as an additional 100 or so that are slowly being added to the physical database), although I have far to go before I can say I can be close to satisfied.

I want to thank every person who has contributed a title or boosted or promoted this website. It’s been overwhelming how much support that I’ve received from the community and I appreciate it so much. Special thanks to Shenwei, who’s been instrumental in adding titles and perhaps is even more obsessed than me at searching for new Asian Lit titles lmao.

To all the Asian authors who have added a title to this list, thank you for being a source of inspiration to me. Seeing Asian authors thrive in this community, while writing and telling their stories has been nothing but a joy. As I see more and more upcoming authors to add on here, it honestly moves me to tears. Asia is such a rich and diverse continent, with so many cultures and nations.

In the months to come, there will be several changes. First of all, the name Asian YA is quite outdated, and while it has become somewhat of a nostalgic brand for me, it clearly does not reflect the space I’m trying to build on here. While I’m still working on mechanics and details, expect to see a re-branding of this website to reflect the goals of this space, a database of Asian authors writing fiction. There is still a tremendous lack of books that are non-kidlit, and as well as adult genre and literary fiction authors, I hope to get a chance to add on by including Asian comic and graphic novel writers/artists.

I’m currently partnered with an organization to combine both resources and expand upon them to build a better curated list. I hope that you’ll get to see a more comprehensive database after we’re done, and I can’t wait to tackle and complete this project.

I’ve also opened applications for Asian bloggers/readers/writers to join the team of Asian YA, to help out with some of the day-to-day tasks of running this site. I’ll link the form here if you’re interested, and I’m excited to see what this fresh blood will bring to the site.

I hope that this database and the community that it builds, continues to grow in the future.


Eri ❤