Black in Asia Library

Black in Asia Library

​Since reading the Spill Stories community’s Black in Asia in 2021, I have been accumulating a list of books that revolve around the experiences and anecdotes of Black people in Asia or a world influenced by countries in Asia. Black in Asia is a sub-genre of books that explores what it’s like to move or grow up in the East from the perspective of a Black person or someone of Black descent set in Asia. This list has not only been created as a reading space for anyone interested in these kinds of stories but also to highlight a need for more of these books within the publishing industry. After all it appeals to people who love entertainment, cuisine, travelling and history in Asia. So far, here is all the books that I have managed to find that are written by authors of Black descent who have lived in the continent and are set in Asia. I have also set up a Goodreads list. If you know any more books that fit this criteria, please comment below:

Academia

  1. 21st Century Japan Decoded: the only Manual on Mental Health for Blacks in Japan by Takuan Amaru
  2. Babylon East by Marvin D Sterling
  3. Black Dragon: Afro Asian Performance and the Martial Arts Imagination (Black Performance and Cultural Criticism) by Zachary F. Price
  4. Playing in the Shadows: Fictions of Race and Blackness in Postwar Japanese Literature by William H Bridges
  5. The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination by Robeson Taj Frazier

Children’s

  1. A Morning Calm Summer by Mary Abura
  2. Blaze Around the World: Adventures in China by Tierra Creekmur
  3. Brownies: We live in Japan by Tara Kamiya
  4. Johnny and Joshua: Coming to Korea by EJ Asare
  5. Kei The True Friend by Kinota Braithwaite and translated by Mamiko Shimada
  6. Mio is beautiful (Book 2) by Kinota Braithwaite and translated by Setsuko Miura
  7. Princess Momo by Tara Kamiya

Fiction

  1. Adrienne by D. Renee Bagby
  2. Fifty Works for Rain By Asha Lemmie
  3. Hollow Men (The Windshine ChroniclesBook 2Book 3) by Todd Sullivan
  4. Tokyo Firewall by Elizabeth Wilkerson
  5. Tokyo Night Parade by J.P Takahashi (to be released Autumn 2023)

Non-Fiction

  1. Black in Asia by Spill Stories
  2. Black in China by Aaron A Vessup
  3. Black Girl from Pyongyang by Monica Macias (to be released March 2 2023)
  4. Black Ghosts: Encounters with the Africans Changing China by Noo Saro-Wiwa (to be released August 3 2023)
  5. Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs by Stefhen Bryan
  6. Bearing My Seoul by Taryn Blake
  7. Bed-Stuy to Beijing by Dr Cherell Dossett
  8. Being Black in Asia by Miguel S. Flemming
  9. Dating Asian Men: A Black American Woman´s Memoir by Jo Kelly
  10. From Harlem to Viet Nam and Back: Simply a Black Marine’s Combat Experience in Southeast Asia by Enoch Buckery
  11. Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist (Book 2) by Baye McNeil 
  12. Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun by Faith Adiele
  13. Shirley in Vietnam by Munjah Shirley
  14. SoKoDiaries: An American Teacher Living In South Korea (Book 2Book 3) by Nailah Harvey
  15. Taiwan: An Underrated Paradise by Brittany Edwards
  16. Teacher Black: My Year In China by James Prescott-Kerr
  17. The Black Traveler’s Guide To Incheon, South Korea (Book 2) by The Blerd Explorer
  18. The Korean: Single and Obese: Then Kimchi Changed Everything! by Africa Yoon
  19. The Unexpected Perspective by Carl Hill Jr  
  20. Trailblasian by T.K. McLennon

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