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8Books Review: Cool Japan Guide

Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats, and Ramen by Abby Denson is a light read for anyone who wants a quick and easy intro to travel in Japan. It’s more readable than your run of … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Island, Second Edition

Shortly before the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay was scheduled for demolition in 1970, a California State Park Ranger discovered poems carved in the walls of the former detention center and so began a grassroots movement to preserve … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Ultimate Origami for Beginners and Hokusai Origami Paper from Tuttle

Origami, the art of paper folding, is a great arts and crafts project for young and old. Tuttle, a publishing company focusing on Asian language, history, and culture, with the tagline “Books to Span the East and West,” offers a wide … Continue reading

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8Books Sale Announcement: $2.99 eBooks

Everyone loves a good sale, and this one doesn’t even hog space on your bookshelf! For the entire month of April, the University of Illinois Press is offering three Asian American-interest titles for only $2.99. All e-books are available on Kindle, … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Hokusai Origami Paper and Booklet

Maybe this is a stretch for being a “book,” but to learn origami (at least when I was growing up before YouTube and internet tutorials), you used a book or at least a printed booklet of instructions, so we’ll just … Continue reading

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8Books: Learning Chinese Characters

In my on-going quest to get my daughter fluent in Chinese, I came across the opportunity to review a book called “Learning Chinese Characters” published by Tuttle Publishing. In case you’re not familiar, I have a nine year old daughter, … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Fresh Off the Boat,” by Eddie Huang

All I kept thinking while I was reaching Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, was that the one word people need to know to describe it is…bombastic. It’s not a word I use a lot, or probably that most people … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Across a Green Ocean, by Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee’s debut novel Across A Green Ocean presents the story centered around two siblings, Michael and Emily Tang, struggling to find their identity as the children of immigrants and after the passing of their father. When Michael finds a … Continue reading

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8Books Q&A: Romeo and Juliet vs. Zombies, with Koji Steven Sakai

Our very own Koji Steven Sakai has just released his very first novel (massive applause!) throwing a fantastical twist on that famous Shakespearean play. In Romeo and Juliet vs. Zombies, “Romeo and Juliet must fight to overcome hoards of zombies … Continue reading

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8Books: Free Kid’s E-book for Chinese New Year, ‘The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall’

If you’re an Asian American parent like me, you probably struggle to find books for your kids that have the right blend of age appropriateness and entertainment while still offering a glimpse into the history and culture of your ancestry. … Continue reading

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An 8Books Valentine: Free Download of Asian American Erotic Romance Series

Happy Valentine’s Day book nerds! Starting today until February 16, the Irvine Lovers Club is giving away five Asian American erotic stories. Each of the stories acts like a book chapter, following Korean American Claudia Kim on her steamy adventures set … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “How Much Do You Love Me?” by Paul Mark Tag

“How Much Do You Love Me?” by Paul Mark Tag is the kind of novel I usually hate. Here’s the Amazon.com synopsis: It’s December 1941, and the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Politicians fuel anti-Japanese hysteria and campaign to segregate … Continue reading

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