Shining a Light: Celebrating 40 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Changed the World

By Veeda Bybee
Illustrators Illustrated by Victo Ngai Edition

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Shining a Light: Celebrating 40 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Changed the World

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Discrimination: General,Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life

A collective biography of forty influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, from Kalpana Chawla to Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson to Tammy Duckworth, whose historical contributions readers may not know but whose light shines on, with stunning illustrated portraits by Hugo Award nominee Victo Ngai.

Meet forty people who helped change the world in countless ways in this beautifully illustrated collective biography.

From scientists to sports stars, aerospace engineers to artists, every person shines in this collection. Dynamic portraits for each person showcase bold colors and clever, precise details. Each biography celebrates the determination and courage of people who were on the forefront of changing society.

Using their specific talents, each individual fought for the space for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to be seen and treated with dignity and respect. Their important legacies live on today.

“Historical Glossary.” Bibliography. Full-color illustrations were created with an iPad, Photoshop, scanned material, and analog mixed media.
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School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—Readers should not be fooled by the familiar faces dotting the cover of this biography collection; the bulk of these entries cover not-often-taught Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who made history, such as activist Channapha Khamvongsa and Yahoo! cofounder Jerry Yang. Written in chronological order from oldest to youngest subject, each entry (accompanied by a full-page portrait) features one person of AAPI descent and their contributions to the world. A common theme throughout each figure's story is that each of them overcame struggles, be it racism, classism, sexism, or more. Of important note is that all biographies end with the accolades and recognitions each person received, either while alive or posthumously. Ngai's vibrant illustrations open each profile and are truly a work of art. They are imbued with meaning and symbolism, rounding this out into a visually stunning book. Back matter includes a Historical Glossary of significant political and cultural events, and a bibliography. VERDICT A must-have nonfiction title for upper elementary and middle school libraries.—Carol Youssif

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