This is a list of books featuring hapa main characters, where hapa means “Asian and multiracial.” I’ve only included books that I’ve personally read, so there are bound to be gaps, especially in adult literature. Additionally, inclusion on this list does not constitute any kind of endorsement of the book or its portrayal of the hapa experience. Finally, the term hapa is not without its problems (see here), but I use it as the most recognizable U.S. term for a mixed race person of Asian descent.
An asterisk (*) indicates that the author is hapa.
Corrections always welcome.
The Sound of Silence Katrina Goldsaito* and Julia Kuo (Tokyo, Japanese(?)/white)
Summerlost Ally Condie (contemporary, Chinese/white)
Full Cicada Moon Marilyn Hilton (verse novel, historical, 1969 Vermont, Japanese/black)
Flexible Wings Veda Stamps (contemporary, Southern California, Japanese/black)
The Reader Traci Chee (fantasy) (included on this list because of this blog post)
The Girl from Everywhere Heidi Heilig* (historical/fantasy, late 19th c. Hawaii, Chinese/white)
Delicate Monsters Stephanie Kuehn (psychological thriller, Chinese/white)
The Agency series by Y. S. Lee (historical, Victorian London, Chinese/white)
A Spy in the House
The Body at the Tower
The Traitor in the Tunnel
Rivals in the City
Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (dystopian, Mongolian/white)
All Our Pretty Songs Sarah McCarry (mythology/magical realism, Pacific Northwest, Vietnamese/white)
Cinder Marissa Meyer (science fiction, East Asian/white)
Kingdom of Xia duology by Cindy Pon (fantasy, “Chinese”/white)
Fury of the Phoenix
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell (contemporary/historical, 1980s, romance, Korean/white)
Girl in Reverse Barbara Stuber (historical, 1950s Kansas City, art, Chinese/white)
Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho (fantasy, Regency England, Indian/white)
Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng (literary, 1970s Ohio, Chinese/white)