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Awesome Asian Americans
20 Stars Who Made America Amazing

Written by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Juan Calle

$17.95, softcover with gatefold, 128 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-150-0, 7.5 x 9.5

Enjoy the best children's anthology of noteworthy Asian Americans!

20 profiles with 60+ color illustrations make this a graphic novel like no other!

Learn about trailblazers who deserve more recognition in history textbooks. These groundbreaking citizens contributed to our country: 10 women and 10 men will inspire readers to accomplish their goals.

These profiles of compelling personalities, from diverse backgrounds and vocations, are brought to life with fantastic color illustrations.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (actor) Chrissy Teigen (model/entrepreneur)
Bruce Lee (martial artist) David Chang (chef)
Mindy Kaling (comedian) Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO)
Jeremy Lin (basketball player) Dr. Jane Luu (astronomer)
Lea Salonga (singer) Daniel K. Inouye (senator/soldier)
Steven Chu (Nobel prize winner/physicist) Dolly Gee (judge)
Yuri Kochiyama (activist) Shahid Khan (business owner)
Sammy Lee (Olympic gold medalist) Vicki Draves (Olympic gold medalist)
Helen Zia (journalist) Sono Osato (dancer)
Tyrus Wong (painter) Flossie Wong-Staal (scientist)

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More praise for Awesome Asian Americans

Mindy Kaling "The young ones are our only hope! To get there, they'll need books like this one to learn about trailblazers who look like them. The 20 who are profiled here came from all walks of life to make an impact on our culture as artists, athletes, scientists, activists, and more. These stories can inspire the next generation to go even further than any of us imagined."
- Theodore S. Gonzalves, author of The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino American Diaspora

Chrissy Teigen "I enjoyed reading about these diverse celebrities and accomplished individuals. It is very important in this critical period of time for all Americans especially young people, to recognize who Asian Americans are, and how they struggle and contribute mightily to the rich fabric of America."
- Stewart Kwoh, Founder, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

The Rock "The true personal stories of 20 path-breaking heroes and heroines in Awesome Asian Americans will inspire children of all ages. They too can become creative, fearless, unique artists, activists, scientists, athletes, leaders in whatever path they choose. Readers can imagine how someone like themselves can meet new challenges, rise against inequalities, change the world. Once again Phil Amara and Oliver Chin create a children's book that helps children and youth see the world with new possibilities. Who wouldn't be tickled to have you portrayed in the awesome caricatures by Juan Calle. The book's illustrations alone are keepsake rewards for each amazing person."
- Bea and Harvey Dong, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, California

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Starred Review: VERDICT: "Readers will be drawn to the dynamic illustrations and lively, well-structured profiles detailing these high achievers."
- School Library Journal

David Chang "This is the book I wish I had when I was young. Who knew that as an Asian American I could one day be a social media phenomenon, a CEO, an astronomer, a Broadway star or an activist? Awesome Asian Americans is engaging and entertaining, but it's not a fluffy read. The authors frame these extraordinary lives in the social contexts of their times, making their stories our story."
- Renee Tajima-Pena, Filmmaker and UCLA professor of Asian American Studies

Lea Salonga "I thoroughly appreciated your book, a great mix of Asian-Americans from different fields and countries, with many types of stories that should inspire young readers. I learned a lot!"
- Milton Chen, Senior Fellow, Executive Director Emeritus, George Lucas Educational Foundation

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