A comprehensive yet playful exploration of Asian American history—its movements, culture, key figures, and activism—beautifully illustrated and compelling for readers young and old.
Written by the directors of Kundiman–an organization dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American literature–A is for Asian American: A Children’s Guide to Asian American History guides kids through diverse representations of identity and resistance. While Asian America is often seen as a monolith and its history is often overlooked in the US educational system, this book is a necessary intervention that will ground readers in history, culture, joy, and solidarity.
Knowledge empowers. To that end, the authors Cathy Linh Che and Kyle Lucia Wu tour through a vast array of key events and organizers: the Third World Liberation Front, Japanese American incarceration camps, the Muslim Ban, Yuri Kochiyama, Larry Itliong, Grace Lee Boggs, Sunisa Lee, and more. It is a history of struggle and persecution but also one of great triumph and solidarity, paired with colorful and dynamic illustrations by Kavita Ramchandran.
A is for Asian American is a vital contribution to the education of tomorrow’s organizers. With this book, readers from ages 5 to 99 will build bridges between the diverse make-up of the Asian American community, both past and present, to imagine and celebrate new possibilities for its future.