Beloved actor, author, and activist George Takei is many things to many people; Sulu, helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise on Star Trek, Broadway performer, groundbreaking activist for LGBTQIA+ people as well as Asian and Asian Americans, and author of the bestselling They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir of his childhood in the American concentration camps during World War II. This detailed account of a child’s perspective of being forcibly sent to a relocation center offers a different perspective of life in America in 1942.
With anti-Asian sentiment again on the rise, we’re thrilled to have this (incomplete!) list of Asian and Asian-American authors from our childrens and young adult sections to share with you.