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Every since I started to travel internationally I became fascinated by people who emigrate to completely new cultures and lifestyles while still paying tribute to their own family and home. In My Chinatown this book explores a boy’s first year in the United States after his family emigrated from China and goes through each season as he grow to love his new home in Chinatown. As noted in the book, Chinatown is not like his home in China, but gives an accurate portrait of a child acclimating to his new country while keeping his traditions alive from his home country through the food, games, and the people surrounding him. Through author Kam Mak’s spare verse and richly detailed artwork, the streets of Chinatown come vividly alive.
My Chinatown is a critically acclaimed, spectacularly illustrated picture book homage to family, culture, and a childhood spent in one of the most striking places in any city—Chinatown. The author, Mak, grew up in a place of two cultures, one existing within the other, so this book is a wonderful homage to his own upbringing. His use of beautiful paintings and moving poems, Mak easily shares a year of growing up in this small city within a city.
Chinatown—a place of dragons and dreams; fireflies and memories
Chinatown—full of wonder and magic; fireworks on New Year’s Day and a delicious smell on every corner
Chinatown—where every day brings something familiar and something wondrously new to a small boy
About the Author and Illustrator: Kam Mak grew up in New York City’s Chinatown. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, and since then he has illustrated book jackets for numerous publishers and taught painting at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has also illustrated The Moon of the Monarch Butterflies by Jean Craighead George, The Year of the Panda by Miriam Schlein, and The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep. Kam Mak lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and daughter.