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September 2016 - Immedium

1. News
2. Translations and Interviews
3. Events


A. Dragon Boat Festival in Oakland, CA
Come watch dragon boats race at Oakland's Lake Merritt during the weekend of September 17-18th. Previously held on Treasure Island, this annual festival marks its 21st year and moves to the East Bay. Admission is still free and loads of fun await!

Again Immedium will have a table to share our stories with this fantastic crowd. Our pals Dominic and Bo, heroes of our recent tale The Year of the Dragon, were inspired by this very event!

Enjoy kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land and our books too! We look forward to seeing you there.

B. Burning Man on Labor Day weekend
Meanwhile the 30th anniversary of the Burning Man is this Labor Day weekend.

Now 60,000 people gather in the Nevada desert on the first weekend of September. This temporary metropolis celebrates art and community.

Participants and curious onlookers are encouraged to see our coffee table book about this singular event:

Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography
by Barbara Traub

Time magazine wrote:
"Barbara Traub first photographed the effigy of a man set ablaze every year at Burning Man in 1994. Her first shots became the iconic image on her book cover."

C. Heritage Camp in in Colorado
Also this weekend, author Oliver Chin presents in the annual Colorado camp for families who've adopted children from China. This is the 20th anniversary of the Chinese Heritage Camp!

This is the fourth time that Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families (HCAF) has invited Oliver to share his books, including Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. This year, he teaches children how to make their own prince Max from The Year of the Monkey!

HCAF provides families with a deeper sense of community, individual identity, and appreciation of the adoptee's birth heritage. Oliver is happy to participate and advance these goals.


Boy Dumplings
A Tasty Chinese Tale

by Ying Chang Compestine
illustrated by James Yamasaki

"A new, bilingual edition of 2009's Boy Dumplings adds Chinese text in simplified characters... Yamasaki's cartoon illustrations have a palette full of dark blues and bright yellows, contrasting not only day and night but also the creepy ghost and the ingenious boy.
VERDICT: A fun, slightly spooky twist on the classic tale of a small child outwitting a villain.
- School Library Journal

The Story of Chopsticks
Amazing Chinese Inventions

by Ying Chang Compestine
illustrated by YongSheng Xuan

"Originally published in the early 2000s, these amusing fictional 'origin stories' for four ancient Chinese inventions are reissued in a handsome duo-lingual edition. Set against a nondescript 'long ago' China, the tales are not meant to be historically accurate. Instead, they are to encourage curiosity about the famous inventions, demonstrating how necessity could have inspired someone to create solutions to daily inconveniences. The three spirited and playful Kang brothers take young readers on four lighthearted journeys, getting into scrapes, finding ingenious ways to get themselves out of trouble, and each time 'accidentally inventing' one of the most well-known Chinese cultural objects along the way. The elegantly colorful cut paper-style illustrations are perfect echoes to a Chinese folk art form. Each book features an author's note with an explanation of the title invention's origin and cultural significance, as well as a text-relevant project. The translation team did top-notch work in transforming the stories into highly readable and sophisticated Chinese texts...
VERDICT: A delightful series for school and public libraries looking to expand or deepen their collection of Chinese folk history."
- School Library Journal



  • 9/2-5: Oliver Chin: Chinese Heritage Camp, Denver, CO
  • 9/17-18: San Francisco Dragon Boat festival, Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
  • 9/26: Oliver Chin: San Bruno Public Library, San Bruno, CA, 6:30 pm
  • 9/30: Oliver Chin: Stratford School - De Anza, 1196 Lime Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

  • OCTOBER onward

  • 10/2: Chinese American Historical Museum - 25th Anniversary Celebration, History Park - San Jose, CA, 11 am
  • 10/6: Oliver Chin: Tenderloin Community, Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
  • 11/12: Japanese American Museum, San Jose, CA.
  • 11/13: Birth and Baby Fair, Presidio - San Francisco, CA.
  • 12/17: Kimochi - Silver Bells Faire, San Francisco, CA.

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