Posts Tagged "cambodian-american"

Welcoming Refugees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Welcoming Refugees

Over the last two years I’ve been excited to learn of the work of Welcoming America, “a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. One of WA’s projects is Welcoming Refugees: “Through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Welcoming America helps...

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Christina

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Bk: Path of Stars, Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Christina

Christina

Christina Nhek, the graduate student in library sciences I met at the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association award ceremony, sent me this photo and caption: Here is Christina, reading “A Path of Stars”. As a future librarian, hoping to continue to help others find their paths by providing library resources to enrich their futures. Christina writes: I read (A Path of Stars) and immediately felt a connection as the story mirrors what my family experienced as they escaped the genocide and settled in America. I was the only “American” born child, the baby of five....

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To be Cambodian American

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | 6 comments

To be Cambodian American

Ten years ago, when I received a commission from the Maine Humanities Council under their New Mainers Book Project, my assignment was to create a picture book representing the Cambodian-American experience.  I considered it an impossible task; that is, on my own, I could not produce an authentic Cambodian-American story. But I thought that if I listened long enough, perhaps a story might come through me. I read every book I could find about Cambodia, the war, the escape, and life in the U.S.; most titles were survivor accounts. The local community was wonderfully supportive, especially my...

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Announcing My Newest Book

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Bk: Path of Stars | 4 comments

Announcing My Newest Book

 I’m happy to announce that A Path of Stars, a picture book I wrote and illustrated under commission from the Maine Humanities Council, has just been released from Charlesbridge. From the jacket copy:   “Dara’s grandmother, Lok Yeay, is full of stories about her life growing up in Cambodia, before she immigrated to the United States. Lok Yeay tells her granddaughter of the fruits and plants that grew there, and how her family would sit in their yard and watch the stars that glowed like fireflies. Lok Yeay tells Dara about her brother, Lok Ta, who is still in Cambodia, and...

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