** Big Little Man by Alex Tizon

The author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, immigrated to the United States from the Philippines as a young child and uses the book to both tell the story of his family and upbringing and explore what he sees as the demeaning view of Asian men in American society, including, apparently, from Asian women — as well as the absurdity of the whole concept of “Asian” as a category. It’s not until the end of the book that the author introduces rays of hope in the form of a handful of strong role models, from politicians to sports figures to CEOs. I particularly liked the personal story (as always), and living in an area with a large Asian population I think there may be many more rays of hope, not yet visible at the national level, perhaps.

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