Today, let's get to know award winning Australian children's book author Christopher Cheng. I've asked Chris a few questions so that he can introduce himself and his work to readers of Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind.
Thank you so much for sharing, Chris!
What was it like growing up Asian Australian? How has the experience informed, influenced, and/or inspired your work as a writer for young readers?
My dad is from Hong Kong and my mother was born here of European ancestry. I have the best of both worlds being half Australian born Chinese. I got to live in Australia but travel to Hong Kong regularly as a kid, meeting relatives and having just the best fun!!!! Growing up I was in a school with kids whose parents were of a range of different heritages. There were though only a few of Chinese ancestry and I would think that it is true to say that I really didn't think that I was much different to any of the other kids - although I did have a Chinese name! Now as I trav…
My beautiful cousin Kate, who lives in Manama, Bahrain, has sent me a copy of Abdullah and His Grandfather, written by Andy McNab and illustrated by Patricia Al Fakhri. I can't wait to read it and blog about it!
Abdullah and His Grandfather was published in 2008 by Jerboa Books. Jerboa Books is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is dedicated to producing top quality children's books with a focus on Arabia. I am so glad to have discovered this publisher!
Mardel of Rabid Reader has given Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Mardel!
By the way folks, Mardel is a really youthful and cool grandmother! :o)
*Check out Color Online's latest Women Writers of Color blog post featuring Filipino Italian American children's book author Dorina Lazo Gilmore. Dorina is the author of Cora Cooks Pancit. (Pancit!!!)
*Don't forget about Color Online's week-long book discussion of the YA novel Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. (Neesha Meminger was born in India, grew up in Canada, and now lives in the U.S.!) The discussion starts next Friday, March 19.
*Thank you so much to Angel of Story on a Page for giving me the Beautiful Blogger Award. I'm now supposed to say seven things about myself and pass on the award.
About those seven things... Ask me questions in the comments section! I really don't know what to say right now. :o) So ask me any question. I'll pass on the Beautiful Blogger Award to these Asian YA book blogs/bloggers:
They are illustrations by Fereshteh Najafi for The Princess, the second prize winner for the 16th Concours (2008). I was intrigued. The illustrations are truly different from other children's book illustrations I have seen. I just had to get to know the illustrator!
The gorgeous Fereshteh Najafi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1973. She has a BA in graphic design and an MA in illustration from Tehran Art University. Below is my interview with Fereshteh. She was really candid about her work and children's literature in Iran!
How would you define Iranian children’s literature?
Literature in Iran has a very old and rich heritage. Many Iranian poets, such as Ferdosi, Nezami, and Molavi, are famous in the world. The main part of contemporary stories were inspired by them. As you know, children have always been attracted to fairy tales and find them pleasant, but there are some…
On March 24, the winner/s of the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recognizes the best contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. The candidates for the award are authors, illustrators, oral storytellers, and promoters of reading. Below are the 2010 nominees from Asia, and the 2010 nominees of Asian descent:
Adarna House Reading promotion organization The Philippines
Akal, Aytül Author Turkey
Carmi, Daniella Author Israel
Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) Reading promotion organization Turkey
Gamos, Albert Illustrator The Philippines
Havkin, Hilla Illustrator Israel
Hemati Ahoui, Abolfazl Illustrator Iran
ILKYAR Reading promotion organization Turkey
Jamba, Dasgdondog Author/Promoter of reading Mongolia
Kelompok Pencinta Bacaan Anak (Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature) Reading promotion organization Indonesia
Knowledge Without Borders Campaign Reading promotion organization United Arab E…
I've interviewed YA author Malinda Lo about the research she did for her debut novel Ash, which is a retelling of Cinderella. Click here to read the interview at Color Online!
YA author Medeia Sharif gave Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind the Honest Scrap Award. Thank you, Medeia! I can't wait to read Medeia's debut novel The Bestest Ramadan Ever, which will be published by Flux in 2011!
For the Honest Scrap Award, I am supposed to say something honest about myself. Plus, Tuesday is known as Confession Tuesday across the blogosphere. So here goes:
I am crushing pretty hard on Filipino American Olympic medalist J.R. Celski. *blush*