AAReadinglist.com is an interactive net collection curated and built by lens-based and digital artist Ramona Jingru Wang as an affective response to the anti-asian hate crime in the U.S. The list includes fiction, poetry, memoirs and some non-fictions works by Asian Americans from 1999-2020 in a chronological order, juxtaposition to the visualization of the anti-asian hate crime data* shown in the background. (The size of the circle changes corresponding to the victim number of anti-asian hate crime of the year).

By gathering and building a reading list of Asian American literature shared on the internet, I hope to carve out a corner on cyberspace for the marginalized voices. It will serve as an introduction to the writings by Asian American authors throughout the past 20 years. Especially with the fictional writings and poetry, it will be a glance and resource into the world of emotions, imaginations and the inner worlds of being Asian American.

*Source: The Hate Crime Statistics dataset provides annual statistics on the number of incidents, offenses, victims, and offenders in reported crimes that are motivated in whole, or in part, by an offender’s bias against the victim’s perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Hate Crime data are captured by indicating the element of bias present in offenses already being reported to the UCR Program.

All law enforcement agencies, whether they submit Summary Reporting System (SRS) or National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) reports, can contribute Hate Crime Data to the UCR Program using forms specified to collect such information.
For more information on hate crime, download this dataset to see totals for hate crimes across the country.

Crime Data Explorer, an online interactive data tool, is the digital front door of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Law enforcement and the public can use CDE to easily access, view, and understand the massive amounts of UCR data collected and published by the FBI UCR Program.