"A hip, entertaining book, as imaginative in its presentation and stories as the generation it portrays."
—Kirkus, starred review
"More than a cool primer or a pop history, this essential compendium documents Asian American culture from the 90s through today. Let the record stand, it’s an honor to be us."
—Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award
“What a Herculean effort by Phil, Phil and Jeff to put together such a terrifically entertaining and massively comprehensive read. Not only was it illuminating to learn about how Asian Americans have contributed to pop culture over the last thirty years, it made me feel so proud at a moment when so many of us have been questioning our belonging in America.”
—Lisa Ling, host of CNN's This is Life with Lisa Ling
“Rise is a book like no other. It is informative, entertaining, thoughtful, beautiful, and full of love. It has literally expanded my idea of American culture and American history. I cannot imagine that anybody could pick up this book and not be immediately engrossed and ultimately benefited. This book is a must-read for anybody and everybody.”
—Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre
"Rise is a smart, funny, entertaining book. It makes you feel smarter for having read it without ever making you feel dumb for not already knowing the information inside. Get two copies because the first copy is definitely gonna get swiped off your coffee table by one of your friends."
—Shea Serrano, author of Hip-Hop (And Other Things) and Movies (And Other Things)
"Playful, wide-ranging, and informative, Rise is a book we've needed for ages. If you think you already know, it'll teach you tons you didn't. If you don't know anything, get reading: it's a perfect introduction to the wildly diverse and ever-evolving Asian American community."
—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere
"Rise is an accessible, informative, and fun compendium on Asian American pop culture and politics from Harold and Kumar to Asian dance crews to Black/Asian relations today. This book made me nostalgic for the 90's while reminding of ugly moments in American history like the racial profiling of scientist Wen Ho Lee. Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang offer us a vivid and readable tour of Asian American representation.”
—Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings
“Finally the book on Asian American pop culture that needed to be made. Don't be fooled by the fun, accessible presentation format because this book has serious substance on the criminally undertold but hugely essential contributions Asians have made to American culture. Also, I'm in it.”
—Ronny Chieng, senior correspondent on The Daily Show
"A riveting tour through pop cultural milestones of the 1990s to the 2010s...they illustrate the obstacles Asian Americans have come up against and brilliantly juxtapose them with stories of how those barriers have been thwarted. This celebration of Asian American culture is as revelatory as it is entertaining."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review