Anti-Asian racism reading and resources list

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The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Library stands in solidarity with the Asian community against anti-Asian racism.   

UTSC staff and librarians have assembled an initial list of resources that aims to celebrate Asian voices, educate on anti-Asian racism and history in Canada, and provide resources on eliminating racism in our lifetime.  

UTSC community members are invited to submit their suggestions via this form.  

This initial list is a collaboration between the UTSC Library, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and International Student Centre in support of the UTSC Asian community.  Please visit this link for additional student resources from the UTSC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office and the International Student Centre. 



Screen capture of open learning objects available through the DSUBeing Chinese in Canada : the struggle for identity, redress and belonging book cover China Man Book CoverGood talk : a memoir in conversations book coverChop suey nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants Book CoverHow to be an antiracist book coverMe and white supremacy : Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor book cover Model-minority imperialism book coverMyth of the model minority : Asian Americans facing racism book coverRacial melancholia, racial dissociation : on the social and psychic lives of Asian Americans book coverSo you want to talk about race book coverThe woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts book coverWe gon' be alright : notes on race and resegregation Book CoverWhy I'm no longer talking to white people about race book coverYellow : race in America beyond Black and white book coverYellow peril! : an archive of anti-Asian fear book cover


Everything I never told you Book CoverNo-no boy Book CoverOn Earth we're briefly gorgeous That Time I Loved You Book CoverAmerican born Chinese Book Cover


Community Recommendations


Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates Book CoverJhumpa Lahiri's short story Heaven-Hell coverBook cover for Obasan by Joy KogawaBook Cover_A single swallow by Zhang LingBook Cover Lily in the Snow by Yan LiBook Cover_Daughters of the Red Land by Yan Li



Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Anti-Asian Racism Resources

Chinese Canadian National Council - For Social Justice 

Project 1907 


“Too Asian?” How the model minority myth feeds anti-Black racism at institutions like U of T (Jadine Ngan, The Varsity)

History of Canada's early Chinese immigrants (Paul Yee, Library & Archives Canada)

The characteristics of white supremacy culture (Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups)

The long history of US racism against Asian Americans, from ‘yellow peril’ to ‘model minority’ to the ‘Chinese virus’ (Adrian De Leon,

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)


Voices of the Pandemic 

The Nameless Collective Podcast 


Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

The Apology by Tiffany Hsiung 


Take Action 

Bystander Intervention  

Report a Hate Crime 



UTSC Resources

UTSC Principal Wisdom Tettey's message affirming UTSC's Asian community 

Statement from President Meric Gertler in solidarity with U of T’s Asian community members 


Resources available across the University 

For all students, staff and faculty: 

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Previous anti-racist reading lists 

Anti-Black racism reading list from U of T Libraries 

Last update: April 2021