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Janauary 2019 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Patty the Pig returns
We wish you a happy new year! Here is a revised edition of The Year of the Pig in our annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

The 2019 edition features a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese. Illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn, Patty the Pig shows how everyone can think out the box and surpass expectations!

Chinese New Year is February 5th.

Special Promo:
The first 4 people who order a copy from our website will get a free 8 x 10 print of Patty!

B. Fireworks for the new year!
There were fantastic fireworks displays for New Year's. Now learn how fireworks came to be!

The Discovery of Fireworks and Gunpowder is lighting up young imaginations everywhere! Watch the YouTube trailer.

Co-authors Phil Amara and Oliver Chin and illustrator Juan Calle are busy working on the next adventure in our series The Asian Hall of Fame.

In the meantime, if you haven't already, grab The Discovery of Ramen and savor a tasty tale of how this fantastic creation came from Asia.

C. Celebrate the New Year in SF Japantown
This Saturday come to the Japanese Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco's Japantown to ring in the new year.

From 11 am to 3 pm, enjoy their free 48th annual Oshogatsu Matsuri festival. There will be musical performances, handmade mochi, and arts and crafts. Plus pick up one of our children's books, autographed by Oliver Chin.

JCCCNC serves the Japanese American community through programs and support and for other local service organizations. Proceeds from our book sales will benefit the JCCCNC.


Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles
by Oliver Chin, illustrated by Charlene Chua

"I would recommend this book for any martial arts student (or potential student) as a way to show the reality of martial arts and the pride one can have for EARNING a yellow belt, instead of being handed a black belt."
- One Zillion Books

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Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
Box Set

"Tales From The Chinese Zodiac series...makes a simple proposition. That core qualities from traditional Chinese zodiac animals offer the foundation for new storytelling adventures that any child will find fun and can appreciate. Kids make personal connections that make new cultures less foreign and more accessible."
- ChineseAmericanFamily.com



  • 1/5: JCCCNC - Oshogatsu Matsuri, San Francisco, CA, am.
  • 1/14: Chinese-American Association of Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA, 2:30 pm.
  • 1/26: Oliver Chin: Presidio Knolls, San Francisco, CA, am.
  • 1/26: Oliver Chin: SFPL - Golden Gate Valley, CA, 2 pm.
  • 1/27: Oliver Chin, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, 11 am
  • 1/28: OC, Town School, SF, CA, pm
  • 1/29: OC: Jose Ortega Elementary School, SF, CA
  • 1/29: Year of the Pig: Hercules Public Library, CA, 6 pm.
  • 1/30: Oliver Chin: CAIS, San Francisco, CA, 10 am.
  • 1/30: OC: San Jose Public Library - West Valley, CA, 4 pm.
  • 1/31: OC: Gordon Lau Elementary School, SF, CA


  • 2/1: OC: Starr King Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 1:15 pm.
  • 2/2: OC: SJPL - Berryessa branch, San Jose, CA, 11 am
  • 2/2: OC: SJPL - Alum Rock branch, San Jose, CA, 1 pm
  • 2/2: OC: SJPL - Pearl branch, San Jose, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/3: OC: San Lorenzo Public Library, San Lorenzo, CA, 3 pm
  • 2/4: OC: Comics Workshop: Danville Public Library, Danville, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/5: OC: Hicklebees, San Jose, CA, am
  • 2/6: OC: Hicklebees, San Jose, CA, am
  • 2/6: OC: San Carlos Public Library, CA, 7 pm
  • 2/8: OC: Hicklebees, San Jose, CA, am
  • 2/9: OC: SJPL - Educational Park branch, San Jose, CA, 11:30 am
  • 2/9: OC: SJPL - Edenvale branch, San Jose, CA, 1:30 pm
  • 2/10: OC, Oakland Museum - Chinese New Year, Oakland, CA, am.
  • 2/12: OC, Little Hugs Preschool, 740A Del Monte Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080, 10:30 am
  • 2/13: OC, Foster City Library, Foster City, CA, 7 pm
  • 2/14: OC, Panorama Elementary School, Brisbane, CA, 9 am
  • 2/15: OC, Half Moon Bay Public Library, Half Moon Bay, CA, 10 am
  • 2/16: OC, SSFPL - West Orange branch, SSF, CA, 12 pm
  • 2/16: OC, San Francisco Symphony - Chinese New Year, San Francisco, CA, pm.
  • 2/17: OC, Asian Art Museum - Chinese New Year, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2/20: OC: Balboa Elementary School, Glendale Assistance League, CA
  • 2/23: LA Public Library: San Dimas, 3 pm
  • 2/24: OC: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena, CA, 1:30 pm.
  • 2/26: OC: Norwood Library, 4550 N Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732, 10 am
  • 2/26: LA Public Library: West Covina, 6 pm
  • 2/27: Vromans - Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 10:30 am.
  • 2/27: LA Public Library: Baldwin Park, 3 pm.
  • 2/27: LA Public Library: Walnut, 6:30 pm.

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