INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE:
This books aim is to create a space for children (6 and up, but for all ages including adults!) to experience China's unique and wonderful food through the eyes of children. Follow Peter and Lily, Chinese-American children visiting their grandparents in China, celebrating Chinese New Year, and wandering through the market in a hilarious and food-filled journey. Sometimes it's scary trying new things, but Peter and Lily become braver and realize new foods and new traditions isn't as bad as they thought! Both written and Illustrated by Sara Luna and Amy Eam, this book is truly a collaborative project combining a wide variety of hand drawn characters and colorful hand painted foods on each page.
WHY WE NEED THE MONEY:
- Getting book self-published and ordering inventory for: sending to book review blogs, newspapers, book fairs, independent book awards, bookstores / themed stores, Other marketing strategies. We're going to be using PrintNinja for our printing! (hence the banner)
- Getting official manuscripts / art samples printed for presentation to different publishing companies
- Hiring a person to translate book into Chinese text
WHO WE ARE:
Sara Luna is a colorful character from Seattle, Washington. From owning her own quirky greeting card business to teaching young children art, Sara understands the value of creativity, imagination, and most importantly representation in a young persons life. Sara grew up in a semi-traditional Italian household, (with an incredibly strong-willed mother and aunts!) and understands how familial culture shapes our perceptions and interactions with the world.
Having a degree in Community Psychology from University of Washington, she finds great satisfaction in collaborative thinking with authors and artists alike. Sara is always delighted and excited to present new perspectives, cultures, and views into people's lives, as it helps us become more aware and tolerant of the beautiful world around us.
She approached her friend Amy with "Oodles of Noodles" as an idea to showcase Amy's Chinese-American roots, along with both Sara and Amy's love for food!
It has been more than 10 years ago since Amy Eam studied art. Amy got her degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of WA. After her studies she couldn’t afford to commit to art as a career. Growing up, she aspired to work at a hospital in hopes to help people. Amy became a phlebotomist and worked at the University of WA hospital for several years. Later, she decided to take on the challenge of working with kids at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She didn’t know a whole lot about child care, but had a passion to learn as much as she could in hopes of becoming the best mother she could be. Amy is genuinely grateful for the opportunity of almost 8 years of interacting with all the children. Each and every one of them and their families has shaped her in some way.
One of Amy's other passions is food. Her ideal happy place is enjoying delicious food with genuinely good people. She was lucky to meet and marry her husband who also shares a passion for food. Her husband, Homan Leung is a food fanatic. They love to travel, and trying different food is always the first priority on their agenda. Their vacations are usually planned around the restaurants Homan wants to visit.
Due to some health issues, Amy has recently become a stay at home wife. This created the opportunity for art therapy. She started to do some oil paintings and basic quilting. Meanwhile Sara was busy at school studying art. After several years, Amy and Sara reconnected. Sara approached her with this project and she decided it would be an exciting experience. Being a Chinese-American, Amy has always been passionate about keeping the art of traditional Chinese cooking alive. She worries that the rich heritage and tradition of Chinese cooking will be lost to future generations if we do not pass on the importance and history behind each unique dish.
The book for those who are unfamiliar with unique Chinese foods as well as for those who just love to eat. But more than that, it is a collection of Amy's most treasured experiences and joys, capturing everything most valuable to her--beautiful art, children’s smiles, and home-cooked food prepared from the heart. It is dedicated to her husband, brother, and closest friends, who have shown her what it means to experience unconditional love.
Thank you from the both of us for sharing and supporting our journey!
Risks and challenges
There are always many challenges when presenting a new idea to the public. Both Amy and Sara risked a lot of time and creative energy creating a book from scratch. Another challenge is presenting a book that is supposed to engage people in a culture and food that may at first seem unusual to the American palette. This books aim is to create a more open-minded and humorous approach to things that may seem different at first to American born children. This book is also trying to reconnect Chinese-American families to their roots.
Lastly, this is a serious artistic endeavor for both Amy and Sara. Though they both have artistic backgrounds, creating a children's book is a first for both of them. They both want to see this book in the hands of many people, published by a company that is keen on representing different cultures, and in stores that reflect their mission. This takes effort, some rejection, and constant revaluation of how to present the book. We would love to have support of friends, family and fans of this idea behind us and encouraging us to continue to move forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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