Tag: Asian American

From Books to Cheese Curds to Bhaṅgṛā Dancing & More: 2015 South Asia Book Awards!

I’m still recovering from an intense but fun weekend in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, where I was one of the winners of the 2015 South Asia Book Awards for my children’s picture book biography, TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK (illustrated by Jamel Akib, Lee & Low Books 2014).  The South Asia Book Award is given…
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Why #WeNeedDiverseBooks

I recently posted a guest blog at the lovely GEO LIBRARIAN‘s website about the hot-button topic  #WeNeedDiverseBooks. I posted some drawings I did as a child to illustrate the importance of diversity in children’s literature. In these pictures, there are images of me identifying myself as an Asian American child with black hair. I also…
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Dr. Sammy Lee Medical & Health Science Magnet Elementary School Opens!

Congratulations to Dr. Sammy Lee and his new school! I just came back from a very fun and moving ribbon cutting ceremony honoring two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dr. Sammy Lee as the inspiration behind the newly opened “Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet Elementary School” in Los Angeles, CA. The school was created…
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