The official commemoration was officially designated three decades ago by President Jimmy Carter (later the entire month of May by President George H. Bush). However, Asian voices still strain to be heard and recognized on a national level.
A case in point is how President Obama won't even attend the "White House summit" on Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI) held in Washington DC this week, as reported by the Daily Beast.
We still live in an era of mixed signals, and where society seems to take one step forward and then drift one step back.
Yet, we firmly believe that sharing children stories is a great way to instill not only understanding cultural differences but also appreciating them.
Since 2006, we've been dedicating to publish more new Asian American authors, artists, and characters. These include:
- Tales from the Chinese Zodiac - still the only series in English of its kind
- Julie Black Belt - our popular heroine in the martial arts
- Sora and the Cloud - our first Japanese bilingual book
Diversity in publishing is vital because it reflects the variety of real life. Maybe more interestingly, it is even more important since it underscores how we as a community need to learn from each other and develop bonds for a greater good.