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May 2017 - Immedium

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3. Events


A. Celebrating Asian Pacific Americans
This month Canada and the USA celebrate the cultures and contributions of Asians.

Immedium has published more than 20 Asian-themed stories which families from all backgrounds can enjoy. Titles include:

- 5 by author Ying Chang Compestine (with bilingual translations in simplified Chinese)
- Boy Dumplings
- The Story of Chopsticks, Noodles, Kites, and Paper

- 12 Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
- Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino (bilingual translation in Japanese)
- Julie Black Belt (The Kung Fu Chronicles & sequel The Belt of Fire)
- the exciting adventures of The Treehouse Heroes

We'll continue to share new stories with you in the future!

B. Locke - a historic California Chinatown
Locke On May 20th, Oliver Chin participates in the Spring Festival in the historic town of Locke, 30 miles south of Sacramento, CA.

The National Park Service summarized the region's history:

When the [Transcontinental] railroad was completed in 1869, thousands of Chinese laborers, primarily from Guangdong Province, were hired to work on an extensive levee project in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Their knowledge of how to develop farmland in river valleys, learned from farming the Pearl River Delta region in southern China, was used to construct a large network of earthen levees that eventually turned 500,000 acres of swamp into some of California's most valuable farm land.

Founded in 1915, Locke endured as the last rural Chinatown in the USA. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. Since then, the Locke Foundation has educated the public about Locke's history and legacy and sponsors this annual spring event.

C. David Derrick and Moana
David Derrick was interviewed by Channel KSL (Salt Lake City, Utah) about his work on Disney's hit animated film Moana:

For Derrick, making Moana was also very personal. His ancestors are from Samoa and his great great grandmother is buried in Iosepa, a Utah ghost town in the middle of Skull Valley. He hopes the spirit of the film strikes a chord that leads back to family.

"Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you stand at the end of a long line of ancestry that can inspire and can motivate you throughout your life," said Derrick.

Dave is the author of four adventures, including - I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle and
- Play with your Food.


Sid the Squid
by David Derrick

"I love this book because it can teach a child a variety of different lessons including various language concepts... [Sid] is also an ideal book to discuss what your child's dream job is."
- Gravity Bread

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Animals Don't, So I Won't!
by David Derrick

5 stars...You will laugh your way through Animals Don't, So I Won't ... It hits all the frustrations for a parent: the dirty room, picky eaters, bath time, bed time, and getting up in the morning… And it gives Ben the opportunity to 'show off' all that he knows about animals, ROFL....Seriously, this is a book for adults as well as kids…and Mom and Dad will pick up some pointers to have fun with. Challenge the kids into learning more about animals in a fun way."
- KD Did It



  • 5/6: Oliver Chin: storytime: San Ramon Library, San Ramon, CA, am
  • 5/8: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Pleasant Hill Library, Pleasant Hill, CA, 6:30 pm
  • 5/11: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Walnut Creek Library, Walnut Creek, CA, 4 pm
  • 5/13: Oliver Chin: Comic Book Workshop: Lafayette Library, Lafayette, CA, 12 pm
  • 5/14: Oliver Chin: Bay Area Bookfest, Eastwind Books booth, Berkeley, CA, 1 pm
  • 5/17: Oliver Chin: Tandem, Partners in Early Learning - dinner, San Francisco, CA
  • 5/20: Oliver Chin: Locke -Asian Pacific Spring Festival 2017, Walnut Grove, CA

  • JULY

  • 7/20: Alina Chau: San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA

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