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Author: Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, Philip Wang Narrator: Brittany Ishibashi, Rama Vallury, Fiona Rene, Matt Yang King, Jeff Yang, Matthew Yang King, Nick Martineau, Phil Yu, Philip Wang, various narrators Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358581888

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"Hip, entertaining...imaginative."—Kirkus, starred review *"Essential." —Min Jin Lee * "A Herculean effort."—Lisa Ling * "A must-read."—Ijeoma Oluo * "Get two copies."—Shea Serrano * "A book we've needed for ages." —Celeste Ng * "Accessible, informative, and fun." —Cathy Park Hong * "This book has serious substance...Also, I'm in it."—Ronny Chieng

RISE is a love letter to and for Asian Americans--a vivid scrapbook of voices, emotions, and memories from an era in which our culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that have shaped our community into who we are today.

When the Hart-Celler Act passed in 1965, opening up US immigration to non-Europeans, it ushered in a whole new era. But even to the first generation of Asian Americans born in the US after that milestone, it would have been impossible to imagine that sushi and boba would one day be beloved by all, that a Korean boy band named BTS would be the biggest musical act in the world, that one of the most acclaimed and popular movies of 2018 would be Crazy Rich Asians, or that we would have an Asian American Vice President. And that’s not even mentioning the creators, performers, entrepreneurs, execs and influencers who've been making all this happen, behind the scenes and on the screen; or the activists and representatives continuing to fight for equity, building coalitions and defiantly holding space for our voices and concerns. And still: Asian America is just getting started.

The timing could not be better for this intimate, eye-opening, and frequently hilarious guided tour through the pop-cultural touchstones and sociopolitical shifts of the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and beyond. Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang chronicle how we’ve arrived at today’s unprecedented diversity of Asian American cultural representation through engaging topics (including a step-by-step guide to a night out in K-Town, a note on historic Asian American landmarks, a handy “Appreciation or Appropriation?” discussion, and celebrations of both our "founding fathers and mothers" and the nostalgia-inducing personalities of each decade), plus essays from major AAPI artists, exclusive roundtables with Asian American cultural icons, and more, anchored by extended insider narratives of each decade by the three co-authors. Rise is an informative, lively, and inclusive celebration of both shared experiences and singular moments, and all the different ways in which we have chosen to come together.

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  • “A tome dedicated to what Asian America has looked, felt, and sounded like in the past thirty years…not only a celebration but also a way to set the record straight.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A homage to the seminal moments in sports, politics, and entertainment that came to define contemporary Asian American culture…A buffet of offerings awaits the reader.”

    - NBC News
  • “A hip, entertaining book, as imaginative in its presentation and stories as the generation it portrays.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller

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About the Author

Jeff Yang has been observing, exploring, and writing about the Asian American community for over thirty years. He launched one the first Asian American national magazines, A. Magazine, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He writes frequently for CNN, Quartz, Slate, and elsewhere. He has written or edited three books—Jackie Chan’s New York Times-bestselling memoir I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Once Upon a Time in China, a history of the cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland, and Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.