With a significant increase after one year in Discrimination and harassment for Asian-Americans across the country has been particularly shocking in both frequency and violence over the past few months Attacks.
Education is a powerful way to fight casteism. Talking about bias with your children at an early age goes a long way toward building empathy and acceptance, and can be a great tool for sending books. important message. this The list of 10 fiction, nonfiction and comic books will help children of all backgrounds understand and combat this wave of anti-Asian hatred and bullying, and provide more context to America’s history of discrimination.
“My Footprints,” By Bao Fei; Illustrated by Basia Tran
In this icy-colored picture book, little Thu uses her imagination to overcome a bullying incident at school with the help of her two mothers. Ages 4 to 7.
“My name is Bilal,” By Asma Mobin-Uddin; Illustrated by Barbara Kivak
Bilal tries to hide his Muslim identity in his new school while his sister Ayesha is harassed for wearing a scarf on her head. A book persuades Bilal to publicly confess his faith and gives him the courage to stand up to the threats of school. Ages 6 to 9.
“In and out again,” By station station
The novel in the verse spends a year with 10-year-old Ha and her family as they flee war-torn Saigon and begin a new life in Alabama. Ha Weithers bullied classmates for his appearance and limited English skills until he pushed back. Ages 9 to 12.
“count me in,” By Varsha Bajaj
Kareena and Chris have been neighbors for years, yet their family never spoke, until Kareena’s Indian-American grandfather volunteers to teach Chris in mathematics. When the grandfather attacks a stranger while walking, the students work together to try and overcome the hatred. Ages 9 to 12.
“Fred Kormatsu Speaks,” By Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette
The story of civil rights activist Fred Kormatsu is told in the poems of his experiences of racism as a child and his long fight for justice. This biography contains passages about the country’s history of discrimination, its impact on Japanese-Americans and resources for youth activists. Ages 9 to 12.
Teenage nonfiction books
“They call us enemies,” By George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott; Illustrated by Harmony Baker
In this graphic memoir, “Star Trek” actor and activist George Takei recounts his childhood and his family’s traumatic experience overthrowing Los Angeles and taking them to three World War II internment camps. Ages 12 and up.
“Whisper from a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Giving the Asian American Movement,” By Paula Yau
In 1982, Vincent Chin was celebrating his bachelor party at a time when an argument with two blondes became fatal. Chin’s death and mild criminal punishment led his killers to national protests and a federal trial. Yu’s comprehensive account sheds new light on the tragedy and its legacy. Ages 13 and up.
Teen graphic novels
“Displacement,” By Kiku Hughes
In this science-fiction story inspired by his family, teenager Kiku Hughes travels from time to time in the 1940s and finds himself trapped in the same World War II internment camp as his grandmother. There, Kiku finds a life-changing history lesson. Ages 12 and up.
“Superman Smash the Klan,” By Gurenhu by Jean Luen Yang, art
Based on the 1946 Superman radio series, two Metropolis teenagers experience racism and attacks from the Ku Klux Klan when their family moves from Chinatown to the suburbs. Ages 12 and up.
“Flamer,” By Mike Karato
Boy Scout is a concern for teenager Aiden Navarro at Summer Camp when he is bullied for his Filipino heritage, while questioning his religion and sexuality. This graphic novel is a story of self-discovery and survival. Ages 14 and up.