Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.
When we choose books to read, we don’t usually look specifically for books that are written by Asian American authors, because a good book is a good book, no matter what the ethnicity of the author is. However, many great books we’ve read are written by Asian American authors. Most of these books address the topic of coming to, or living in America, and accepting one’s own cultural differences.