BookDragon About

Welcome to BookDragon, filled with titles for the diverse reader. BookDragon was borne out of a new media initiative of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), and serves as a forum for those interested in learning more about the Asian Pacific American experience through literature.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center produces national exhibitions and exciting public programs about the Asian Pacific American experience. We are not a company, but a non-profit national museum center that shares how Asian Pacific American history, art and culture reflect the American spirit, are universal lenses for learning, and sparks that learning in everyone.

BookDragon officially debuted on March 16, 2009 and since 2023 has been independent from APAC, managed exclusively by Terry Hong.

You’ll also find much older postings because the blog is populated backwards with book and author-related pieces Terry has published in various newspapers, magazines, online journals, and even other books, over the last few decades.

While the majority of the titles throughout BookDragon are by and about Asians and Asian Pacific Americans, you’ll find books and authors from around the world. Terry is an equal opportunity reader.

To make this blog work for you, be sure to use “Categories” or “Tags” to search for titles that might interest you most. Thanks for visiting BookDragon, and do check back often!

Book Review Policy
Preference is given to titles by and about Asians and Asian Pacific Americans, but as an equal opportunity reader, BookDragon reviews an eclectic array of books from writers of all ethnic backgrounds, for all ages, of most genres.

BookDragon does not review self-published titles.

BookDragon regularly cross-posts Terry Hong’s book reviews, author interviews, and other book-related pieces originally published elsewhere (newspapers, magazines, websites, books, etc.).

Comment Moderation
Comments are welcome and encouraged. Comments are strictly moderated. Comments will not appear until approved and we reserve the right not to post any comments that are unlawful, threatening, offensive, defamatory, invasive of a person’s privacy, inappropriate, confidential or proprietary, political messages, product endorsements, or other content that might otherwise violate any laws or policies.

BookDragon may contain the personal opinions of Smithsonian Institution staff, volunteers, or interns, and does not necessarily represent the official Smithsonian Institution (SI) position on these matters. Links to external internet sites from SI web pages do not constitute SI’s endorsement of the content of their websites or of their policies or products. The Smithsonian does not willingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.

To capture the BookDragon, please email: Terry