Asia (Southeast)

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Afghanistan, Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian, Cambodian American | 1 comment

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Author’s Note on Research By Terry Farish Either the Beginning or the End of the World delves into a horrific family memory carried over generations. The memory is of family members who starved to death during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. I’ve been on a long journey into Cambodian history and culture to begin to understand what this memory could mean to a young girl two generations later. The books I read and sources I interviewed tell a story themselves about my focus. It wasn’t on the wars, but on living after surviving them. I had read widely on wars in...

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Escaping the Tiger

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival | 1 comment

Escaping the Tiger

Escaping the Tiger By Laura Manivong Published by Harper Collins “Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.” –Children’s Literature “This is a moving story that breathes life into a chapter of twentieth-century history that may be little known to young readers.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong...

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Mali Under the Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky By Youme Landowne Illustrated by Youme Landowne Published by Cinco Puntos Press “Cinco Puntos Press has made a significant contribution in publishing Mali Under the Night Sky…The book’s value to Laotian families in diaspora is of course incalculable.” –Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived...

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Noodle Pie

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Australia, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Vietnam, Vietnamese | Comments Off on Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie By Ruth Starke Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers “Despite his heritage, Andy observes contemporary Vietnam through Western assumptions and values. With the few Australian terms easily understood in context, his comments on foods, customs, and attitudes will amuse and resonate with U.S. readers in a rare, lighthearted Vietnam novel.” –Booklist   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by...

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Bread Song

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asia (Southeast), Thai American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Bread Song

Bread Song

Bread Song By Frederick Lipp Illustrated by Jason Gaillard Published by Mondo Pub 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Hoping to make eight-year-old Chamnan, a new immigrant from Thailand, feel more at home, the owner of a Portland, Maine bakery invites him and his grandfather to hear the bread sing. Reviews & Accolades 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Groups Represented Thai American Themes Immigration, Family relationships,...

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Alive in the Killing Fields

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Alive in the Killing Fields

Alive in the Killing Fields

Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide By Nawuth Keat and Martha Kendall Published by National Geographic Children’s Books “This is a powerful story and one that will open the eyes of its readers in terms of what people are capable of, both good and bad.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about...

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Weeping Under This Same Moon

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under the Same Moon By Jana Laiz Published by Crow Flies Press “This heartrending story really rings true and is impossible to ignore, especially since it’s based on real events.” –VOYA “…the book vividly portrays very different yet intersecting worlds.” –George Rupp, President, The International Rescue Committee Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese...

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Vietnamerica

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey By GB Tran Published by Villard/ Random House Publishers “If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does. And if this is the first time you’ve looked deeply at the story of the Vietnamese diaspora, then know that this is the sort of grand epic that begins to make sense only when told through the words of people who lived it.” –Racebending Find a copy at Amazon |...

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Never Fall Down

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down By Patricia McCormick Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Balzer + Blay McCormick has done a remarkable job of creating an authentic first-person voice for Arn and using it to lay bare his almost unimaginable experiences of horror. The resulting book is powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable. —Michael Cart, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers...

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Dia’s Story Cloth

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth By Dia Cha Stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha Published by Lee and Low Books “Using details from the cloth as illustrations, Cha retells her life story, a meeting of Hmong history and a classic American immigration tale…The text is subdued; it is the needlework that drives home the poignancy of this cataclysmic account. “–Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Published to widespread acclaim in hardcover, “Dia’s Story Cloth” tells the tale of a young girl and her family’s...

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The Lotus Seed

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed By Sherry Garland Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “A thoughtful, beautifully designed book that will find a place in many discussions.”  –Kirkus Reviews “The spare simplicity of Garland’s tale about remembering one’s birthplace is richly amplified by Kiuchi’s arresting, light-filled paintings” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Forced to flee her beloved Vietnam to escape a devastating civil war, a woman takes only her children and a single...

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The Whispering Cloth

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story By Pegi Deitz Shea Illustrated by Anita Riggio Published by Boyds Mill Press “…The stitched pictures in folk-art style distance the brutality, both showing and telling that art can be a powerful force…” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mai spends her days at the Widows’ Store, listening to the Hmong women as they stitch and talk, stitch and talk. They are making pa’ndau—brightly colored story cloths–which they sell to the traders from Chiang Khan. Mai wishes she,...

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The Gold-Threaded Dress

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asia (Southeast), Thai American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Gold-Threaded Dress

The Gold-Threaded Dress

The Gold-Threaded Dress By Carolyn Marsden Published by Candlewick Press “those who are from or live in neighborhoods of mixed-ancestry families will recognize the conflicts of children who think they ‘look different.'”  —Susan Hepler, Children’s Literature “…Revealing the challenges young immigrants face in a mixed-race school environment, Oy feels torn between the respect she feels for her Thai culture and the acceptance she wants from her American culture.” —Kirkus Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In Thailand she was...

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Tangled Threads

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Tangled Threads

Tangled Threads

Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story By Pegi Deitz Shea Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “This bittersweet story balances social and intellectual pursuits against the strained relations of a family tapping roots into a new homeland, and it shows the emotions behind weighing cultural affiliations against the sway of progress and prosperity. ” —Alison Follos, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description For the Hmong people living in overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand, America is a dream: the land of peace and plenty....

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Inside Out and Back Again

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Published by HarperCollins Publishing “Lai’s poems have the stabbing specificity of the Vietnamese refugee experience, but also speak to any sensitive child wrestling with the necessity to compromise with wrenching, world-shifting transitions.” —Claudia Mills, Children’s Literature “Based in Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child–refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime...

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Escape from Saigon

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Escape from Saigon

Escape from Saigon

Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnamese Orphan Became an American Boy By Andrea Warren Published by Square Fish “Dramatic accounts of other Vietnamese and American people’s escape from Saigon on the eve of its collapse plus numerous b&w photos round out this informative book and help bring into clear focus the Vietnam War’s effects on children.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Over a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like more...

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Children of the River

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodian American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Children of the River

Children of the River

Children of the River By Linda Crew Published by Random House Children’s Books “With clarity and ease, Crew tackles difficult ideas like racial prejudice within the Cambodian community or the different ways that recent immigrants respond to clashes between American values and their own.” —Kirkus Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt’s family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child. Now,...

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Bamboo People

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asia (Southeast), Myanmar, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Bamboo People

Bamboo People

Bamboo People By Mitali Perkins Published by Charlesbridge “…a story that invites discussion of the realities of warfare rooted in long-standing antagonism and unreasoning hatred of “the other.” —Michael Cart, Booklist “It is a heartfelt, well-formed novel about a place and people rarely seen in fiction for young readers.” —Uma Krishnaswami, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This coming-of-age story is narrated by two fourteen-year-old boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and...

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A Path of Stars

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodian American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on A Path of Stars

A Path of Stars

A Path of Stars By Anne Sibley O’Brien Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Charlesbridge “It’s a warm, nurturing story of one family’s experience – but it will ring true with readers who are immigrants from other countries.” –Bobbie Combs, Montgomery News Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description An affecting story of family, loss, and memory Dara loves the stories her grandmother, Lok Yeay, tells of the Cambodian countryside where she grew up—stories of family, food, and the stars above, glowing in the warm, sweet...

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