By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic Story by Ginnie Lo, Illustrations by Beth Lo Lee & Low Books, 2012 While growing up in a small town in Indiana, Jinyi and Pei’s family would often make the three-hour drive to visit their mother’s sister, Auntie Yang, and her family just outside […]
By Assunta Ng Giving the wrong gift to the wrong person produces no joy. For Christmas gifts, I stay away from personal clothes, handbags, or hats. However, you won’t go wrong if you buy general gifts that reflect Asian culture. Here are a list of suggestions I got from my staff and writers. Chopsticks Jun […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Take Me Out to the Yakyu By Aaron Meshon Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013 Although baseball may be America’s pastime, the sport’s appeal has expanded to include a global audience.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Forgotten Country By Catherine Chung Riverhead Books, 2012 Ever since the Japanese occupation in Korea, each generation in Janie’s family has lost a daughter. Because of this, Janie is charged, at a very young age, to protect and keep her sister Hannah safe. When Hannah suddenly cuts all ties […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Pearl of China By Anchee Min Bloomsbury, 2010 In the southern Chinese town of Chin-kiang during the late 19th century, two young girls meet. The first girl is Willow, the only child of a destitute family. The second girl is Pearl, the daughter of American missionaries working to spread […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger’s Destiny By Colleen Houck Splinter, 2012 It’s three quests down and one to go for Kelsey Hayes, Ren, and Kishan, as they continue to work to break the curse that forces the two brothers to live part of their days as tigers. In the last three books in […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Saraswati’s Way By Monika Schroder Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Akash, a 12-year-old boy living in a small village in the Indian desert, is not like the other kids. First of all, he loves school and would rather spend his days in a classroom absorbing knowledge than playing cricket […]
By Samantha Pak NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Growing up in Seattle’s Chinatown–International District during World War II, Henry Lee has experienced his fair share of problems.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever By David Yoo Grand Central Publishing, 2012 Growing up, David Yoo hated everything that identified him as Asian: his slanted eyes, his slight frame, and others’ assumptions that he was academically gifted. So in an effort to buck the model minority […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border” Edited by T. F. Rhoden and T. L. S. Rhoden Digital Lycanthrope LLC, 2011 From former student activists and a monk escaping persecution, to a politician’s son and a typical teenage girl caught in a bad situation, the people who reside in […]