This year’s theme for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service. Beacon Press views their writers as leaders, charting the way to a better future with uncovered histories, cultural commentary, and more. Which is why, as AAPI Heritage Month wraps up, we’re putting the spotlight on the work of our Asian American writers. The following list of recommended reads—by no means exhaustive—honors their work and contributions to our society and American history at large.
By Deborah Jiang-SteinIn our fame machine culture of “Look at me, look at me!” where fame is marketed as a drug of choice, we’re consumed by the notion that the only light worth seeking is the limelight. I recently had the privilege to witness another way to hold the light. With Gloria Steinem at my side last spring, we entered the state prison for women in Minnesota to share a tour and speaking engagement. She was in Minnesota on a generous acceptance when I invited her to a fundraiser for the nonprofit I founded, the unPrison Project, so that we could raise funds to reach the thirty-one states that have requested my speaking and our programming into their women’s prisons.
In 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote a pacifist rallying cry to mothers everywhere that became the roots of a more activist, socially conscious version of Mother's Day than the one we've come to know. This year, Deborah Jiang Stein and the UUA are calling on us to return Mother's Day to its activist roots.
Deborah Jiang Stein's memoir 'Prison Baby' follows the story of a young girl who discovers she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother. Though Stein eventually recovers from her own spiral into depression, addiction, and crime, many incarcerated women and their children are not so lucky.
Beacon Press unveils a new logo to commemorate 160 years of publishing groundbreaking, thought-provoking books, and guide readers to the issues, ideas, and values that will ignite their hearts and minds.