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Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Author: Oliver Chin
Illustrators: Jeremiah Alcorn, Justin Roth, Jennifer Wood, Alina Chau, Kenji Ono
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages, 9.5 x 10, Click here to learn more
Year of the Dog
Year of the Pig
Year of the Rat
Year of the Ox
Year of the Tiger
Year of the Rabbit
Year of the Dragon
Year of the Snake
Year of the Horse
Year of the Sheep
Year of the Monkey
Year of the Rooster
Zodiac Box Set

Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles

Author: Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Charlene Chua
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-009-5, 8.5 x 10.5 inches

When Julie takes a kung fu class, she thinks getting a black belt will be easy. But her bold teacher says guess again! Learning this martial art is harder than it seems, so Julie wonders what would her matinee idol Brandy Wu do? Click here to learn more.

Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire

> Author: Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Charlene Chua
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-079-4, 8.5 x 10.5 inches

Julie wants her next belt - orange! But will a new kid in class stand in her way? Our young heroine is inspired by her movie idol Brandy Wu, as well as her teacher Sifu's surprise guest!

Sora and the Cloud

Author: Felicia Hoshino
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59702-027-5, 10.5 x 8 inches

A boy enjoys the ultimate daydream - soaring on a cloud! It's like Hayao Miyazaki meeting the Red Balloon! Bilingual translation in Japanese. Click here to learn more.

The Asian Hall of Fame

The Discovery of Ramen

Co-authors: Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Juan Calle
$16.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59702-134-0, 9.5 x 10 inches

Learn how cool things were created in Asia! Travel back in time to explore how ramen was invented in Japan. Click here to learn more.

The Discovery of Fireworks & Gunpowder

Co-authors: Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Juan Calle
$16.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59702-142-5, 9.5 x 10 inches

Dao, Emma, and Ethan zoom back to ancient China to learn how gunpowder became the key to create fireworks! Click here to learn more.

The Discovery of Anime & Manga

Co-authors: Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Juan Calle
$16.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59702-146-3, 9.5 x 10 inches

The trio return East to see Japanese animation and comics came to be and then revolutionized the world of entertainment! Click here to learn more.

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Asian American Studies / Literature / Film

Robot Stories

Author: Greg Pak
$14.95, Paperback, 210 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-000-1, 7 x 9 inches

A critically-acclaimed collection of screenplays by Greg Pak, a rising Asian-American writer/director. Contemporary in tone, entertaining in execution, this book immediately becomes a leading touchstone for evaluating the evolving treatment of American ethnicity in 21st century film. Click here for more.

Chinese Translations

Get the Chinese translations of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series. Download the free Traditional or Simplified text as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.


Julie.jpg "Finding a female Asian heroine in a children's book is a pleasant surprise…Parents struggling to instill values in their children will appreciate the persevering young heroine who forgets external rewards while focusing on internal goals. The illustrations, reminiscent of 'The Incredibles' animated film, are bright and crisp. Take a look at this book. You might even see yourself in Julie."
- Nichibei Times

"a lovely story about a young Asian American girl who is learning about the challenges of Kung Fu…This story emphasizes the importance of working hard and not giving up when striving to reach your goals. I liked how the author shows a girl gaining self-confidence while learning self-defense. I also love the beautiful illustrations by Charlene Chua, which bring the story to life."
- Asian Mommy

RECOMMENDED READING: By the way, if you'd like to know more about Chinese and Chinese New Year customs, we recommend Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.
- Ben Fong-Torres

"These books are a great gift idea for friends and family"
- National Association of Asian American Professionals

"Built around the themes of love, death, family, and of course robots, Korean director Greg Pak's Robot Stories beautifully styles four tales. Through narratives both hilarious and touching, humans are forced to interact with robots in a way that eerily reflects the growing influence technology has on our lives... Each story is stunningly executed and moving in its own right."
- San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Like the best artists of his generation, however, [Greg Pak] does not feel compelled to agonize over the old issues of identity, assimilation, racism, or inter-generational conflict. His work takes as a given that Asians are part of the American fabric, that we have been changed by mainstream culture, and in turn transformed it as well."
- David Henry Hwang, from Robot Stories foreword

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