"Let me guess - you're an overachieving Asian kid who skipped 10 grades?" a new acquaintance tells Korean-American college student Penny Lee in Mary H.K. Choi's young adult (YA) novel Emergency Contact. "Are you secretly 12 years old and a freshman in college?"
Such stereotypes might once have pervaded YA fiction without readers batting an eyelid. But a new slew of novels for young readers by East Asian-American authors this year is making progress on dismantling them.
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