Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now


Authors: Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, Philip Wang / Illustrator: Julia Kuo

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 U.S. immigration to non-Europeans, it ushered in a whole new era. But even to the first generation of Asian Americans born in the U.S. after that milestone, it would have been impossible to imagine that sushi and boba would one day be beloved by all, a Korean boy band named BTS would be the biggest musical act in the world, one of the most acclaimed and popular movies of 2018 would be Crazy Rich Asians, or 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.

RISE is an insightful and often very funny guided tour through the pop-cultural touchstones and sociopolitical shifts of the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and beyond. Anchored by narratives of each decade by the three co-authors, the book includes:

  • Engaging, interactive infographics, such as a step-by-step guide to a night out in K-Town, an atlas that marks historic Asian American landmarks, visual celebrations of both our "founding fathers and mothers," and the nostalgia-inducing personalities of each decade)
  • Illustrations and graphic essays from major AAPI artists
  • Interviews with Asian American cultural icons

And more!

  • Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 1.26 x 9.13 inches

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