A is for Asian American An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American alphabet

Virginia Loh-Hagan

Book - 2022

"Following the alphabet, poetry and expository text explain and showcase the cultural traditions and contributions of Asian Americans throughout U.S. history. Topics include traditions in food, family, and social celebrations, as well as key moments in history and milestone achievements."--

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Alphabet books
Informational works
Picture books
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press [2022]
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Ages 6-10
Grades 2-3
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Virginia Loh-Hagan (author)
Other Authors
Tracy Nishimura Bishop (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

Using the same format as Sleeping Bear's numerous other alphabet books, Loh-Hagan introduces Asian American and Pacific Islander facts and culture through short rhyming couplets and expands upon them in several paragraphs in an accompanying sidebar. The opening "A is for Asian American" sets an inclusive tone, revealing the many geographic areas that make up Asia and the Pacific Islands and how activists began to use the term Asian American to bring together these groups of peoples. Ensuing alphabet letters address such topics as family, food, and language, identifying both commonalities across Asian American communities and differences within them, as well as their influence on history, literature, science, and technology. The colorful, softly rendered illustrations aptly reflect these accomplishments and diversity. The author also balances tough matters, like Japanese American incarceration camps during WWII and other forms of discrimination, with more lighthearted entries, like those on Japanese anime, K-pop, bubble tea, and martial arts. A list of AAPI milestones, a glossary, and related activities add more context to this accessible, appealing, and much-needed resource.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Kirkus Book Review

An alphabetized celebration of Asian Americans. Written in verse accompanied by detailed historical notes, the book opens by explaining that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have long been crucial parts of U.S. history. Images of Chinese railway workers on the following spread are evidence of that statement. Instead of dedicating each letter to a different individual, Loh-Hagan explores broader concepts, with Bishop's illustrations filling out the details. For instance, on the page with the words "D is for Dishes," we see images of noodles, spam musubi, dumplings, and Korean barbecue. "I is for International Travel" notes that many families fly overseas to visit relatives. There are several nods to activism: "M is for Movements" highlights Philip Vera Cruz and Grace Lee Boggs, while "P is for Pioneers" spotlights Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and athletes Sunisa Lee and Victoria Manalo Draves. Bishop's warm palette fills every page with soft lines and shapes, bringing to life charming portrayals of the subjects set against attractive backgrounds. While Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawai'i and a few people of Southeast Asian and South Asian descent are featured, most entries focus on East Asians. There are a few stretches with "X Marks the Martial Arts Move" and "Y is for Yahoo and YouTube." Still, overall, this is a strong and compelling overview. (This book was reviewed digitally.) A few flaws aside, a bright tribute to the contributions and cultures of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (author's note, timeline, glossary, activity guide, resources) (Informational picture book. 5-9) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.