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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Public Health Reading List

May 03, 2023

Explore books and articles recommended by Yale School of Public Health faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


  1. "Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir" by Yashica Dutt
  2. "Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown" by Nayan Shah
  3. "Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century" edited by Alice Wong
  4. "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" by Cathy Park Hong
  5. "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei
  6. "The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race" by Anthony Christian Ocampo


  1. "American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang
  2. "Front Desk" by Kelly Yang
  3. "Leaves of the Banyan Tree" by Albert Wendt
  4. "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee
  5. "Severance" by Ling Ma

Academic Articles

Galinsky AM, Simile C, Zelaya CE, Norris T, Panapasa SV. Surveying Strategies for Hard-to-Survey Populations: Lessons From the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey. Am J Public Health. 2019 Oct;109(10):1384-1391. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305217. Epub 2019 Aug 15. PMID: 31415207; PMCID: PMC6727300

Wu B, Arslanian KJ, Nyhan K, Suss R, Mahoney M, McElfish PA, Muasau-Howard BT, Ekeroma A, Hawley NL. Preterm birth among Pacific Islanders in the United States and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Birth. 2023 Apr 14. doi: 10.1111/birt.12713. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37060205.

Daiy K, Arslanian K, Choy C, Manuele-Magele A, Soti-Ulberg C, Hromi-Fiedler A, Hawley N, Pérez-Escamilla R. Consensus-building during the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) initiative in Samoa: A qualitative content analysis. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023 Apr 24;3(4):e0001725. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001725. PMID: 37093783; PMCID: PMC10124882.

Choy CC, Johnson W, Duckham RL, Naseri T, Soti-Ulberg C, Reupena MS, Braun JM, McGarvey ST, Hawley NL. Prediction of fat mass from anthropometry at ages 7 to 9 years in Samoans: a cross-sectional study in the Ola Tuputupua'e cohort. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2023 Apr;77(4):495-502. doi: 10.1038/s41430-022-01256-6. Epub 2023 Jan 9. PMID: 36624192; PMCID: PMC7614464.

LaMonica LC, McGarvey ST, Rivara AC, Sweetman CA, Naseri T, Reupena MS, Kadiamada H, Kocher E, Rojas-Carroll A, DeLany JP, Hawley NL. Cascades of diabetes and hypertension care in Samoa: Identifying gaps in the diagnosis, treatment, and control continuum - a cross-sectional study. Lancet Reg Health West Pac. 2021 Nov 23;18:100313. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100313. PMID: 35024652; PMCID: PMC8669362.

Submitted by Sabrina Lacerda Naia dos Santos on May 03, 2023