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Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country (Hardcover)
From #1 NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!
From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian American, Black and female vice president of the United States like Kamala Harris, this book illuminates the power of Asian Americans all over the country, in all sorts of fields.
Each spread is illustrated by a different renowned Asian American or Asian artist. Alongside the poetic main text, Yes We Will includes one-line biographies of the person or historical moment featured on the page, with extended biographies at the end. Readers of different ages and needs can use the book in different ways, from classroom discussions to bedtime readalouds and more.
Yes We Will answers the question, can we accomplish whatever we dream? With love, courage, determination, and lots of imagination, we can—and we will!
Featured changemakers: Franklin Chang-Díaz Lia Cirio Tammy Duckworth Jenny Han Kamala Harris H.E.R. Fred Korematsu Padma Lakshmi Sunisa Lee Jeremy Li Yo-Yo Ma Amanda Nguyen Sandra Oh I. M. Pei Mamie Tape Peter Tsai Philip Vera Cruz Vera Wang
About the Author
Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of New From Here, the Front Desk series, and the young adult novels Parachutes and Private Label. Her books have earned multiple awards, including the 2019 APALA Award for Children’s Literature, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, and multiple best of the year lists, and her writing has been published in the New York Times, the WashingtonPost, and the Atlantic. Kelly immigrated to the United States when she was six years old and grew up in Southern California. Today, she and her family live in Los Angeles.
Featuring beloved illustrators: Nabi H. Ali Fahmida Azim Marcos Chin Sally Deng Shreya Gupta Julia Kuo Julie Kwon Nhung Lê Kitkat Pecson Dow Phumiruk Sujean Rim Dan Santat Yuewei Shi Yuko Shimizu Yao Xiao
* “This sure-to-inspire offering by best-seller Yang features a parade of Asian American changemakers throughout the decades, as well as a history lesson on the relatively little-known yet crucial contributions of Asians to the U.S. In a sweeping manner, Yang's story covers everything from the Chinese immigrants who helped build the first transcontinental railroads and the discrimination they faced to the superstars in succeeding generations, making advancements in everything from sports to politics and fashion. . . . Seeing all the accomplishments compiled in one place, in so many fields, gives the sense that history was—and is still being—made.”—Booklist, starred review
* “Succinct text and the combined talents of diverse artists bring vibrancy and color to the portrayal of Asian American pioneers. . . . A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review