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AMAZING by Maia Shibutani


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Inspire Us All

by Maia Shibutani , Alex Shibutani & Dane Liu ; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

Pub Date: April 18th, 2023
ISBN: 978-0-593-52543-2
Publisher: Viking

An illustrated compendium of extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The book pairs stylized portraits of each of the individuals featured with short paragraphs about their lives. Ranging from relatively lesser-known historical figures like Wong Kim Ark, a Chinese immigrant to the United States whose fight for citizenship set a precedent for over 100 years of future immigration law, and moving on to modern celebrities like wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and actor, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling, the collection includes a variety of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who influenced American history, politics, music, sports, and popular culture. This variety is not just limited to career choices; the book also features disabled individuals like activist Alice Wong and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, biracial individuals like Johnson and Vice President Kamala Harris, and individuals from ethnic groups that are often overlooked in American history, including Bangladeshis, Thailanders, Filipinos, Marshall Islanders, and Native Hawaiians. (The text does not specify whether anyone featured identifies as queer or trans.) Throughout, the prose is clear, concise, and well crafted, incorporating details that will enthrall young readers. Since there is no introduction providing context, the jump right into descriptions feels slightly abrupt. Overall, though, the book is a thoughtful and comprehensive survey of the ways in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have shaped, and will continue to shape, the United States. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A well-curated collection of Asian American and Pacific Islander heroes.

(Picture-book collective biography. 6-10)