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Author Profiles

Oliver Chin

Oliver has written more than 15 books, including the children's picture books:

Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series:
  • The Year of the Dog (2006)
  • The Year of the Pig (2007)
  • The Year of the Rat (2008)
  • The Year of the Ox (2009)
  • The Year of the Tiger (2010)
  • The Year of the Rabbit (2011)
  • The Year of the Dragon (2012)
  • The Year of the Snake (2013)
  • The Year of the Horse (2014)
  • The Year of the Sheep (2015)
  • The Year of the Monkey (2016)
  • The Year of the Rooster (2017)

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  • Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles (2007)
  • Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire (2013)

  • Baltazar and the Flying Pirates (2009)
  • Welcome to Monster Isle (2008)
  • Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought (2007)
  • The Adventures of WonderBaby (2005)

  • Previously in 2002 he wrote The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball's Brightest Big Man, which Publishers Weekly called a "clever twist on the traditional sports biography" and The Honolulu Advertiser praised as "meticulously researched and will interest the phenom's thousands of fans." In the same year he wrote and illustrated the graphic novel 9 of 1: A Window to the World which received 2003 Honorable Mention for the Gustavus Myers Award that "commends works that extend our understanding of the root causes of bigotry and the range of options we as humans have in constructing alternative ways to share power."

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    Oliver had spoken on NPR, FoxSports and Pacifica Radio, and at colleges such as Yale, MIT, Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, University of Michigan, De Anza, San Francisco State University, and City College of San Francisco. He has read at diverse community venues nationwide such as the US Census Bureau, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, De Young Museum, Oakland Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Bowers Museum, Kidspace Children's Museum, Huntington Library, and Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles.

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    Called a "comics expert" by the San Jose Mercury News, he has conducted comics workshops at dozens of public libraries and schools, and is an entertainment columnist for Comics and Games Retailer magazine and reviewer for Comics Buyer's Guide. Having graduated magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard, where he was the cartoonist for the Harvard Crimson, he lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and two sons.

    Oliver welcomes invitations from schools, libraries, and community venues and he reads and teaches at dozens of locales each year. Learn more about how to invite Immedium's authors to visit here.


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    "Oliver Chin seems to be my customer's favorite author! :) Really, I'm thrilled with the books and my customers are too!"
    - Jaminga, Portland, Oregon

    "[Oliver Chin's 9 of 1: A Window to the World] has to be among the best full length comics I've ever read. It's not only an interesting attempt at activism via comic form, it has that earnest Oxford Group-type mania for completion that still gives one a chill of pleasure."
    - author Kevin Killian

    "As society progresses away from gender stereotypes, it is nice to see children’s literature doing the same. Growing up in the ’90s, I spent my childhood wondering why all the heroes were male and females characters who needed saving. Julie Black Belt by Oliver Chin is a shining example of how things have changed for the better."
    - Sampan