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February 2021 - Immedium

1. News
2. Review
3. Events


A. Happy The Year of the Ox!
Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Friday, February 12th) with our popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

Olivia the Ox inspires us to try our best especially when times are the toughest. Olivia and her soul sister Mei are there for each other. We need to do the same!

Colorful art is by Jeremiah Alcorn, who illustrated The Year of the Dog, Pig, and Rat.

2021's revised edition of The Year of the Ox features a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

We're doing virtual storytimes with schools, libraries, and museums nationwide! Register for free and enjoy our entertaining author presentations online.

The first 3 people who buy an autographed copy of any Tales from the Chinese Zodiac from our website will get a free 8x10 The Year of the Ox print!

B. Tune into Awesome Asian Americans
The Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles (www.camla.org) hosts a virtual book talk & drawing demo with the creators on February 16th at 5 pm PST.

Co-authors Phil Amara and Oliver Chin will share excerpts. Artist Juan Calle will draw live! So have your pencil & paper handy to follow along!

Register for free at

The first 3 people who order an autographed Awesome Asian Americans book, will get a free 8 x10 print.

C. Award for That Girl on TV Could Be Me
We're proud to report that author Leticia Ordaz's engaging autobiography was named one of the Best Spanish Children's Picture Book of 2021 by the Bank Street College of Education.

Founded in New York in 1916, Bank Street College has led the charge to place students' needs at the center of practice and policy in the field of education.

Watch Leticia's recent interview with Empowered Publicity on YouTube:

The first 3 people who order an autographed That Girl on TV Could Be Me book will get a free 8 x10 print.


The Story of Chopsticks
by Ying Chang Compestine; art by YongSheng Xuan

"Compestine concocts a delicious blend of fact and fiction... Compestine's charming tale deserves a place in the multicultural curriculum. Xuan's richly colored traditional Chinese cut paper illustrations lend authenticity."
- Kirkus Reviews

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Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire
by Oliver Chin; art by Charlene Chua

"Your family will love this illustrated tale of martial arts and teambuilding... You and your child will have a great time learning alongside Julie in this action packed picture book."
- Learning Heroes



  • 2/4: The Year of the Ox: Wing Luke Museum, Seattle , WA - www.wingluke.org
  • 2/8: Ox: Stratford School, Los Gatos, CA, 12:45 pm
  • 2/10: Ox: Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles - www.camla.org, 4 pm
  • 2/10: Ox: Stevenson Elementary, Bellevue, WA, 6:30 pm
  • 2/11: Hicklebees bookstore, Toyon Elementary School, CA, 9 am
  • 2/11: Hicklebees bookstore, Montgomery Elementary School, CA, 10 am
  • 2/11: Hicklebees bookstore, Carlton Elementary School, CA, 1 pm
  • 2/11: Hicklebees bookstore, Willow Glen Elementary School, CA, 2 pm
  • 2/11: Ox: San Mateo County Library - www.smcl.org, 5 pm
  • 2/12: Ox: Oakland Museum, CA, TBD
  • 2/13: Ox, San José Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 1 pm.
  • 2/16: Awesome Asian Americans: Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles - www.camla.org, 5 pm
  • 2/18: The Discovery of Anime & Manga, Meadows School, Millbrae, CA, 10:30 am
  • 2/18: Ox, www.mocanyc.org, 4 pm EST.
  • 2/18: Ox, www.chsa.org, 3 pm.
  • 2/19: Storytime, Meadows School, Millbrae, CA, 9:30 am.
  • 2/22: Ox, Sacred Heart School, Atherton, CA, grades 1 & 2, 11:25-11:55 am
  • 2/23: Ox, Sacred Heart School, Atherton, CA, grades 3-5, 11:25-11:55 am
  • 2/24: Ox, South San Francisco Library, CA, 10:30 am


  • 3/11: Storytime, Meadows School, Millbrae, CA, 9:30 am.
  • 3/16: SFSU guest lecture, AAS 512 class, 9:30 am.

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