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San Francisco author and librarian Milly Lee has written three children’s books focused on the Chinese American experience: Landed, Nim and the War Effort, and Earthquake. All three books were illustrated by Yangsook Choi. For the first time, a selection of Ms. Choi’s vivid color paintings from these books will be exhibited at the Fisher Children Center, located on the second floor of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street. The exhibit will celebrated with a reception on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Author Milly Lee will read from her books. The event is free and open to the public.
Accompanying the artwork will be artifacts provided by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Milly Lee. A coaching book, a certificate of identity and luggage used by Chinese immigrants will displayed to contextualize the story of Sun Chor, the main character in Landed. His story is based on Milly Lee’s father-in-law, who underwent interrogation at the Angel Island Immigration Station.
Nim and the War Effort takes place during World War II as Nim, a young Chinese girl, ventures outside of Chinatown, to gather newspapers in order to win her school’s paper drive.
Earthquake recounts the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 from the point of view of a young Chinese girl. Author Lee drew upon her mother’s stories for this book.
Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea and moved to New York where she received her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. Author Milly Lee grew up in San Francisco Chinatown and worked as a school librarian throughout the Bay Area.