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10 Audiobooks to Listen to During Lunar New Year

As we enter the year of the dog in the Chinese lunar calendar, why not learn more about Chinese heritage and culture, or the Chinese experience in America? Pick from one of these ten audiobooks:

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie
Read By: B.D. Wong

At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” When the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation, their re-education takes its most surprising turn.
Listen to an excerpt Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Author: Weike Wang
Read By: Julia Whelan

A luminous coming-of-age novel about a young female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career veers off track.
Listen to an excerpt Chemistry

China Dolls
Author: Lisa See
Read By: Jodi Long

In 1938 San Francisco, three women from very different backgrounds meet by chance at an exclusive nightclub and become fast friends. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
Listen to an excerpt China Dolls

China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan
Read By: Lydia Look

A wickedly funny novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.
Listen to an excerpt China Rich Girlfriend

Fresh Off the Boat
Author: Eddie Huang
Read By: Eddie Huang

This is the memoir of a Chinese-American kid in a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac blazing his way through America’s deviant subcultures. He’s trying to find himself, ten thousand miles from his legacy, anchored only by his conflicted love for his family and his passion for food.
Listen to an excerpt Fresh off the Boat

Girl in Translation
Author: Jean Kwok
Read By: Grayce Wey

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evening. She must constantly translate not just her language, but herself.
Listen to an excerpt Girl in Translation

Mambo in Chinatown
Author: Jean Kwok
Read By: Angela Lin

A novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
Listen to an excerpt Mambo in Chinatown

On Such a Full Sea
Author: Chang-rae Lee
Read By: BD Wong

In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Fan, a female fish-tank diver from the labor class (descendants of refugees from an environmentally ruined China), goes on a journey to find the man she loves.
Listen to an excerpt On Such a Full Sea

The Porcelain Thief
Author: Huan Hsu
Read By: Huan Hsu

A journalist travels through mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family’s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as never before.
Listen to an excerpt The Porcelain Thief

Sour Heart

A debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese-American girls growing up in New York City.
Listen to an excerpt Sour Heart