Category Archives: Recommended Reading/Viewing

Recommended Reading/Viewing List: January

America, one nation, undivided 

Image result for martin luther king jr. day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Highline College Library presents a recommended reading/viewing list for this celebration, including books, videos, eBook and e-films, highlighting Dr. King’s life, his achievement, the Civil Right Movement and its activists in America.  It was his dream that America be one nation, undivided by prejudice.  Come to see what Highline College Library has to offer by browsing our recommended reading list.You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!

Recommended Reading for December: Universal Human Rights

United Nations Human RIghts logo

Human Rights Day is observed on December 10 every year. On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This milestone document outlines the core principles of human rights to be applied universally.

To celebrate Human Rights Day, this month’s Recommended Readings present books, videos, and Web resources on the history of human rights, issues surrounding universal human rights, personal accounts of struggles toward the realization of human rights, and more.

Below are a few examples of the titles. Please click on each image for more information about the books.

Unity in Diversity?

The Last Utopia

The Human Rights Paradox

Until We Are Free

For the complete list of titles, please visit our Recommended Reading Guide.

Recommended Reading for October (Theme 2) Disability Awareness

NDEAM 2016 poster: #InclusionWorks

October is also Disability Awareness Month. Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.”-United States Department of Labor

To celebrate this themes, our library provides October Recommended Reading/Viewing list. The resources linked on this page are mere samples. To see more of them, please click on the “Reading List” link at the top of each month’s column: Disability Awareness Reading List. You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!


Recommended Reading for October (Theme 1): LGBTQIA Pride

Walt Whitman

LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Transexual, Questioning or Queer, Intersex, Asexual or Ally. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.  –Library of Congress

To celebrate this theme, our library provides October Recommended Reading/Viewing list. The resources linked on this page are mere samples. To see more of them, please click on the “Reading List” link at the top of each month’s column:  LGBTQIA Pride Reading List. You can also find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library.


Recommended by the library

Are you curious about what the library staff are reading  right now? Please check out this blog for more information!

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak- recommended by Deborah

4th floor, Highline College Library

Call number: 823.92 Z96b 2013

book thief

The Three-body problem

by Cixin Liu- recommended by Wadiyah

Location: King County Library system


by Banana Yoshimoto- recommended by Karleigh

Available to purchase at

People I want to punch in the throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots and Other Suburban scourges

by Jen Mann-recommended by Andrea

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Wishing Day- Lauren Myracle

Available at the King County Library system

World made by Hand by James Howard Kurstler


Available on the 4th Floor

Call number: 813.54 K96w 2008

Wild Life by Molly Gloss


Available on the 4th Floor

Call number: 813.54 G563w 2001

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll


-recommended by Sabrina

Available on the 4th floor

Call number: 823.8 C319at 2013


Battle Royale by Koushun Takami-recommended by Catlin

Battle Royale

Available at King County Library system

APA Heritage @ Highline College Library

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

“A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).”

The Highline College Library has a diverse collection of Asian Pacific American books, DVDs, and Government Documents, besides the amazing resources described in this blog post from earlier this month: May 2016 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Come in this month and check it out!

General APA Topics

A New history of Asian America
973.0495 L481n 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“A New History of Asian America is a fresh and up-to-date history of Asians in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Drawing on current scholarship, Shelley Lee brings forward the many strands of Asian American history, highlighting the distinctive nature of the Asian American experience while placing the narrative in the context of the major trajectories and turning points of U.S. history. Covering the history of Filipinos, Koreans, Asian Indians, and Southeast Indians as well as Chinese and Japanese, the book gives full attention to the diversity within Asian America. A robust companion website features additional resources for students, including primary documents, a timeline, links, videos, and an image gallery.”

Major problems in Asian American history
973.0495 M234 2003, Main Collection, 4th floor


“This collection, designed to be the primary anthology or textbook for courses in Asian American history, covers the subject’s entire chronological span. The volume presents a carefully selected group of readings that requires students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.”

Yellow peril : an archive of anti-Asian fear
973.0495 Y43 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“The ‘yellow peril’ is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture—indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is the first comprehensive repository of anti-Asian images and writing, pop culture artifacts and political polemic.”

War baby/love child : mixed race Asian American art
305.895073 W253 2013, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with 19 emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai’i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of ‘optional identity,’ this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.”

The Chinese American Experience

Driven out : the forgotten war against Chinese Americans
973.04951 P523d 2008, Main Collection, 4th floor


“Driven Out exposes a shocking story of ethnic cleansing in California and the Pacific Northwest when the first Chinese Americans were rounded up and purged from more than three hundred communities by lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians. From 1848 into the twentieth century, Chinatowns burned across the West as Chinese miners and merchants, lumberjacks and fieldworkers, prostitutes and merchants’ wives were violently loaded onto railroad cars or steamers, marched out of town, or killed.”

Portraits of pride II : Chinese-American legacies, first 160 years in America
973.04951 P853 2014, Main Collection, 4th floor


“This book features a collection of biographical stories and achievements of those individuals profiled – such as architect, Maya Lin; classical cellist, Yo-Yo-Ma; French Open tennis champion, Michael Chang; Prozac developer, David T. Wong; eight Chinese-American Nobel laureates; and many other distinguished Chinese American men and women, is an inspiration to middle school, high school and university students. The book takes a broad view and fresh look at Chinese Americans’ successes in agriculture, education, fishing, technology and transportation. Stories are told in two sections: Superstars and Unsung Heroes; Group Portraits of Pioneers, and the book contains detailed appendices.”

Accidental Asian : notes of a native speaker
305.8951 L783a 1999, Main Collection, 3rd floor


“Eric Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father’s life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like ‘Asian American.’ And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China’s influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination.”

Becoming American : the Chinese experience (DVD)
973.04951 B398c 2003, Media Collection, 5th floor


“In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this program traces the history and experiences of Chinese in the U.S., from the Gold Rush in California and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act which barred their entry into the country.”

The Japanese American Experience

Judgment without trial : Japanese American imprisonment during World War II
940.547273 K19j 2003, Main Collection, 4th floor


“Judgment without Trial reveals that long before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government began making plans for the eventual internment and later incarceration of the Japanese American population. Tetsuden Kashima uses newly obtained records to trace this process back to the 1920s, when a nascent imprisonment organization was developed to prepare for a possible war with Japan, and follows it in detail through the war years.”

Manzanar National Historic Site, California
I 29.6/6:M 31/3/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor


Read about the history of the Manzanar Relocation Center in this visitors’ guide.

Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho/Washington
I 29.6/6:M 66/2015, Government Documents Collection, 4th floor

Read about the history of the Minidoka Relocation Center in this visitors’ guide.

Starting from Loomis and other stories
973.04956 K19s 2013, Main Collection, 4th floor


“A memoir in short stories, Starting from Loomis chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices—the things in his life that he cannot forget—that have made him who he is.

“Central to this collection are Kashiwagi’s confinement at Tule Lake during World War II, his choice to answer ‘no’ and ‘no’ to questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty questionnaire, and the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a ‘No-No Boy’ after his years of incarceration. His nonlinear, multifaceted writing not only reflects the fragmentations of memory induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and imprisonment but also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.”

Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the military intelligence service during World War II
940.5404 M169n 2006, Main Collection, 4th floor


“At the start of World War, II the U.S. Army turned to Americans of Japanese ancestry to provide vital intelligence against Japanese forces in the Pacific. Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II tells the story of these soldiers, how the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) recruited and trained them, and how they served in every battle and campaign in the war against Japan.”

Remembering Manzanar (DVD)
940.547273 ‡b M296 2004, Media Collection, 5th floor


“Through the use of rare historic footage and photographs, and personal recollections of a dozen former internees and others, Remembering Manzanar explores the experiences of more than 10,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in a remote desert facility during World War II.

Created for use at the Interpretive Center at Manzanar National Historic Site, Remembering Manzanar gives viewers a sense of the place and its past, and a glimpse into a time when American citizens were exiled because of their ancestry.”

Old man river (DVD)
973.04956 O44 2004, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Jerry Fujikawa, a character actor, played every imaginable Asian stereotype in movies like Chinatown and television shows like M*A*S*H and Taxi. His daughter, Cynthia, an actress herself, never fully knew the man behind so many onscreen personas. And during a search for her family history, she discovered a secret life that her father had erased and taken to his grave. Old Man River is an unusual portrait of a daughter trying to know her stoic and enigmatic Nisei father, years after his death. In a stirring collage of archival footage and still images, Cynthia Gates Fujikawa’s one-woman performance creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of her father. The film also explores an infrequently addressed subject, American racism–specifically the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the profound effect incarceration had on Fujikawa and his family. Also included on this DVD is Day of Remembrance, a short documentary which compares the internment of the Japanese Americans with the post-9/11 plight of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S.”

Fumiko Hayashida : the woman behind the symbol (DVD)
940.547273 F978 2009, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Story of Fumiko Hayashida, relocated with her family from Bainbridge Island, Washington to the Manzanar relocation camp during World War II and later to Minidoka. A photo of Hayashida and her daughter became a national symbol of the internment experience.”

Honor & sacrifice : the Roy Matsumoto story (DVD)
940.547273  H774 2013, Media Collection, 5th floor

“This is the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan, and used his Japanese language skills and military training to save his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same time his parents and sisters were living in their family’s ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy’s daughter Karen as she discovers her father’s work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.”

Beyond barbed wire : untold stories of American courage (DVD)
940.5404 B573 2001, Media Collection, 5th floor

“Beyond barbed wire recounts the personal sacrifices and stories of heroism displayed by the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service who fought for the United States during World War II while their families were held in internment camps.”

Most honorable son (DVD)
940.5404092 K96 2007, Media Collection, 5th floor

“After the Pearl Harbor attack, Ben Kuroki would be the first Japanese-American war hero, surviving 58 missions as an aerial gunner. But he found himself at the center of controversy, as the lone spokesman against the racism faced by the thousands of Japanese-Americans.”

The Southeast Asian American Experience

Songs of the caged, songs of the free : music and the Vietnamese experience
780.89 R457s 1999, Ma