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May 2016 - Immedium

1. News
2. Translations and Interviews
3. Events


A. May is Asian Heritage month
In both Canada and the USA, May celebrates cultures and contributions of Asians.

Immedium creates children's picture books with more Asian themes and characters. Now we've published 20 stories which families from all backgrounds can enjoy.

Titles include:
- 5 new books by author Ying Chang Compestine (with bilingual translations in simplified Chinese)

- Boy Dumplings
- The Story of Chopsticks, Noodles, Kites, and Paper

- 11 adventures in our series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin

- Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino (bilingual translation in Japanese)

- Julie Black Belt (The Kung Fu Chronicles and sequel The Belt of Fire)

- the kid power of The Treehouse Heroes

Order any of these titles, and get FREE shipping this month (offer good for USA addresses only). Once we receive your online order, we'll refund your shipping costs ($3.95 USA/Asian-themed title), before mailing your books.

B. Immedium gets Epic!
Immedium has partnered with Epic, a popular kids app on iOS and Android devices.

Epic provides illustrated e-books for children. With a monthly subscription, a child can read as many stories as she likes and also get personalized recommendations.

Also Epic provides e-books free for elementary school teachers and librarians in the USA and Canada.

Immedium's rainbow of stories (including Julie Black Belt and The Year of the Monkey) are now available on Epic.

Read them on your smartphone or tablet wherever you can access the internet.

C. Events: Cameron House and Asian Heritage fairs
Founded in 1874 in San Francisco's Chinatown, Cameron House serves low income families and Asian immigrants. Have fun at the 68th Annual Cameron Carnival is this Saturday, May 7th.

Immedium's books are on sale and proceeds benefit Cameron House Youth Programs. Admission is free.

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Two weeks later is the Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco. This community street fair celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and identities, and encourages diversity. Come to Civic Center (UN Plaza & Fulton Street, between Larkin & Hyde) on Saturday, May 21st at 11 am.

Eastwind Books/a> (www.asiabookcenter.com/a>) has a booth. Authors Ying Chang Compestine and Oliver Chin will sign books from 12 pm - 2 pm.


The Year of the Monkey
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

by Oliver Chin
illustrated by Kenji Ono

"A story of practice, hard work, and family expectations that's sure to appeal long after the Year of the Monkey is over."
- School Library Journal

The Story of Chopsticks,
The Story of Noodles

by Ying Chang Compestine
illustrated by YongSheng Xuan

"When brothers Pan, Ting, and Kùai encounter a problem at school or home, they come up with simple, practical solutions that benefit generations to come... The Kangs lived long ago and it's reflected in their traditional style of dress, pony tailed hairstyles, and community values. Thick, black lines outline the detail and shape of the illustrations. The dark lines make the solid colours pop and they add a serious, but thoughtful feel to the artwork."
- Resource Links



  • 5/3: Oliver Chin: Thornhill Elementary School, Oakland, CA 94523, 1 pm.
  • 5/5: O. Chin: Holy Names School, San Francisco, CA, 1:30 pm.
  • 5/9: O. Chin: Comic book night, Pleasant Hill Public Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, 6:30 pm.
  • 5/11: O. Chin: Asian Pacific American Literature Read In, La Esquelita Elementary School, Oakland, CA
  • 5/12: O. Chin: Cartooning Workshop: Moraga Public Library, CA, 4 pm
  • 5/14: O. Chin: Cartooning Workshop: Lafayette Public Library - Comicfest, CA 1 pm
  • 5/21: Ying Compestine and O. Chin: Asian Heritage Street Festival - Eastwind Books booth, San Francisco, CA, 12 pm

  • MAY

  • 6/25: Birth and Baby Fair, San Mateo, CA, am

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    May you read a lot this month!

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    Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.

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