Our latest book in the series, "Amazing Asian Americans"
US Representative Patsy Mink is known as the "Mother of Title 9. She co-wrote the law that gave equal federal dollars to women and girls in education and sports. Born in Hawaii, she was the first "Woman of Color" elected to the House or Senate.
ISBN 9780978746520. Price $16.99
December 2, 2017
I got so excited to meet Ai-Ling Louie who writes and publishes children's books about famous Asian Americans. I read them all. I liked that she had chosen a variety of people. I wish I had those books when my children were growing up.
Congratulations to Nancy Adams of Indiana, winner of the 2018 New Year's Prize! Hope you like reading "Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Reaching for the Stars".
Ai-Ling Louie beautifully captures Patsy's inspiring story, and reminds us that every girl, no matter where she is from, can make a difference in the world.
Terry O'Neill, President Emeritus National Organization of Women
February 27, 2018. Visited Leisure World, MD to give a presentation, "How I Broke Into the World of Children's Books"
Coming in the fall...
The scans were done and the book is being assembled by graphic artist and partner in Dragoneagle, Jonathan Louie. Patsy Mink is being printed in Kowloon, Hong Kong by Regal Printing.
Samples of our Patsy Mink book have arrived. They look gorgeous! If you would like to receive an announcement when the books are ready to order, send us your email (Info@dragoneagle.com )
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Patsy Mink book will arrive by ship in New York harbor Dec. 5th. It will be on sale shortly after-- hopefully by Dec. 8th. Check back here for updates.
On Dec. 8th, the books arrived at our warehouse. They are currently available for purchase. See our Sales page.
Patsy Mink, Mother of Title 9 can now be ordered though Baker and Taylor. Please backorder and you will be sent copies.
About: Patsy Mink, Mother of Title 9, by Ai-Ling Louie. Dragoneagle.com
From Marie N. Milks, Judge (Ret.) Honolulu, HI.
The book is a tribute to Patsy Mink and her life of service and leadership. She was truly one of the most inspirational woman - Asian or otherwise - to have contributed to measures which have empowered girls and women. Within its pages, one can be reminded of a purposeful life. Because of her exemplary service, there are scores of strong women who carry her legacy forward and to great heights. I am grateful every day that I had the good fortune of working with her. For anyone who could not have had the personal experience of knowing her, this book brings this amazing woman to life!...
… I have read (your book)… and am absolutely delighted by it. So much so that I am now going to look for your other books. .. I especially got teary-eyed about the daruma (doll) and appreciate that you ended the book with a dramatic, enthusiastic daruma!
By Ai-Ling Louie
Martin, Hyun, ed. Asian American Anthology; I am an American too! Seattle, WA. Amazon Services, June, 2020, p.1506.
I was parking my car in an Ikea parking lot one day when I heard loud, insistent honking and saw a man leaning out of his car window and screaming at me, “You B****, that’s my space! Go back to China, where you belong!” I was shocked and hadn’t realized someone else was trying to park in that space. Fear overcame me—I didn’t know what to say.
This kind of insult keeps happening to me when I’m not expecting it. I feel tongue-tied and don’t reply. Then I feel badly that I didn’t defend myself and my race. There is so much that is wrong with what he said to me. Why can’t I have something ready to say?
Here is the long version:
Anthropologists are finding that the first people who came to what is now the United States came from Asia. The earliest records now place humans here around 15,500 years ago. This is dated from stone tool fragments found in Buttermilk, Texas1 and other evidence. Footprints, human bones, stone tools, and butchered animal remains, have been dated from early peoples in the Americas. At this time, the continents of Asia and North America were connected by a land bridge called Beringea, and humans probably walked across Beringea and took dugout canoes from Beringea to North America. American Indians are descendants of those Asians.
That’s right—we were here first! This land was a continent fully populated by natives descended from Asians.
Here is the history of the United States of America the man from the parking lot should have learned in elementary school.:
North America was populated by people whose ancestors came from Siberia in Asia. They walked across a strip of land that once connected Asia and North America, or they took their canoes and landed on the shores of what is now Washington state and the state of California. There were many groups of Native Americans, not one people. They each had their own language, government, and ways of farming and hunting. They shared a deep respect for the earth that gave them life, and the animals that gave their lives to them. The tribe or group lived on the land that they needed and then moved on.
At the end of the 1400’s tall ships, unlike the Natives had ever seen before, came to their shores. On these ships, were very strange people with very light skin and hair. They spoke in languages no one understood. The Natives thought they were gods. They gave the gods gifts of food and skins to warm them. Soon, they saw they were not gods but people. The new arrivals seemed friendly at first, but they brought with them powerful weapons that killed animals and Native people with loud noises. They made wooden walls and prevented Natives from coming into these walled off areas, even though the new people freely came and went from the Native villages. They brought queer animals that ate up and trampled the Natives’ corn and squash crops. Then, the Natives began dying. The new people had brought diseases with them. Diseases, like none ever seen before, sickened whole families, whole tribes, and they died in great numbers—year after year, more dying-- America’s first great pandemic.
That history of the clash of two great civilizations is what our children and our adults should have in their minds when the Anti-China and Anti-Asian rhetoric comes to light in our country.
So next time, someone yells, “Go back to China!” I’ll know what to yell back,
“No, you go back to Europe! Asians were here first!”
History informs the present, but the present and the future don’t have to follow the past. The America where I want to live is the one I see in my grandson’s public school classroom: children of all colors in the same building-- adults, committed to nurturing each child according to his/her needs. The public school is not without friction. The adults in the room work together to help the children see each other as equals, and this, in turn, helps all succeed.
Ai-Ling Louie is the author of 5 children’s books: Yeh Shen; a Cinderella Story from China, Philomel/Putnam, and biographies of Vera Wang, Yo-Yo and Yeou-Cheng Ma, Kalpana Chawla, and Patsy Mink, all published by her own press, Dragoneagle Press, dragoneagle.com. Ms. Louie lives in Maryland and is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren.
Ai-Ling Louie and her grandsons
11.01.21 AAPI educators are looking for a 3rd to 5th grade discussion guide for Patsy Mink, Mother of Title 9. Do you have one, or would you like to write one? Please write to info@dragoneaglepress.