Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing

Immedium. Nov. 2020. 132p. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9781597021500.
Gr 6-10–This anthology spotlights 20 historical and contemporary Asian Americans who “came from different places to contribute to the United States and change it for the better.” The introduction states, “many of our most effective and diligent champions have looked like us and labored in our very midst,” and urges readers to write their own story. The text celebrates trailblazers including Disney artist Tyrus Wong, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, basketball player Jeremy Lin, wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and model Chrissy Teigen. The engaging profiles provide deft historical context and are enhanced by bright, comic-book style illustrations. The text discusses the personal and professional challenges these individuals endured, including prejudice and racism. Six of the people profiled were born outside the U.S. All of their journeys showcase the societal value of immigration. Brief quotes in each profile are rendered in an eye-catching color; source notes allow further exploration. Students might feel inspired to learn about individuals not mentioned in the text.
VERDICT Readers will be drawn to the dynamic illustrations and lively, well-structured profiles detailing these high achievers.

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