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Coolest Chinese Girls Ever! An Illustrated Children's Book

An illustrated children’s book celebrating the lives of 100 Chinese women. Inspiring gender equality and following your dreams.

Coolest Chinese Girls Ever! An Illustrated Children's Book

An illustrated children’s book celebrating the lives of 100 Chinese women. Inspiring gender equality and following your dreams.

HK$ 20,877
pledged of HK$ 235,178pledged of HK$ 235,178 goal
23
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 31 2019 6:36 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Coolest Chinese Girls Ever! is an illustrated children’s book celebrating the lives of 100 incredible Chinese women.

The women in these books defied expectations and made a huge impact on the world. From artists, astronauts, and athletes to doctors, fashion designers, and scientists, the unconventional stories of courage, hard work, and dedication will empower girls of all ages.

Throughout history, the contributions of women have been downplayed, even in children’s literature. This is true for women of all ethnicities, including Chinese women. We are writing this book to educate children in gaining an early appreciation of the achievements of female Chinese pioneers. Without visible role models, it is difficult for young women to challenge norms and redefine success.

This book empowers young girls to aspire to any life they desire, even under difficult circumstances.

This is a mock-up of what the book will look like.

Every story is written for children from ages 6 and above. 

The book is not about any one country, region, or civilisation, but the celebration of a collective and fluid Chinese culture that exists in many forms all around the world.

The stories are a wonderful resource for teaching young children to appreciate and understand a little more about the history and people of one of the oldest cultures in the world. The book is also an example of Chinese women challenging the limiting stereotypes of Chinese culture, wherever it exists.

Each story is accompanied by playful and cute illustrations of the 100 remarkable Chinese women curated in the book. The illustrations in this book are influenced by Chinese Nianhua, chibi culture, and post-Raphael cherub paintings.

The style of the illustrations is a commentary that human beings, great or humble, all started off as children, full of potential and possibility. 

Regardless of gender or ethnicity, we believe all children should grow up with the belief they can passionately pursue their dreams. Young girls must be able to grow up strong, courageous, independent, and live in a world that recognises equal rights and equal futures.

Be part of this amazing journey to create this book and accelerate social change.

Purchase a book and help promote gender equality and cultural understanding.

 1. The Book:
 

Coolest Chinese Girls Ever! will be published in a beautiful hardcover book, 6"x 9”, packed with 100 stories and 100 full-colour page cartoon illustrations of Chinese women who made important contributions to society. 


 2. Patronage 

Imagine having your name or the name of your children among the Chinese heroines in this book. As an awesome patron, your name will be forever printed in all publications of this book.

There are two levels of patronage.

As a Gold Patron, you will receive five (5) signed hardcover copies of the book and we will print your name or the name of your child, another family member, or friend, in the book (Max of 2 names).

As a Diamond Patron, you will receive ten (10) signed hardcover copies of the book. We print your name in the book or the name of your child, another family member, or friend, in the book AND draw you as a character (Max of 2 names/ illustrations).

 3. Stretch Goals

Here are some awesome rewards that will be unlocked upon reaching certain funding milestones.

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We are Selina Wu and Jack Tsao, the creators of the Coolest Chinese Girls Ever!

Selina is a Hong Kong-born New Zealand artist and entrepreneur. She studied at Auckland and Harvard University.  Selina attained her Piano Performance Diploma from the Trinity College of London and founded a piano school for children in New Zealand called “The Little Prodigy Club”.

Jack is a Taiwan-born Australian educator and entrepreneur and teaches at the University of Hong Kong. He graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of Queensland and previously worked in education and luxury fashion.

As children of Hong Kong and Taiwanese immigrants growing up in New Zealand and Australia, we were not exposed to any visible Chinese role models at school.

This book is written to educate young women about the accomplishments of Chinese women, especially those growing up as Chinese minorities in Western countries. In researching this book, we were constantly blown away by the extraordinary accomplishments of Chinese women and the huge impact they've had in breaking down traditional expectations of women.

Coolest Chinese Girls Ever! is a dedication to these amazing human beings. It's also a call for the next generation to honour this great legacy by following your heart and doing something extraordinary with your lives. And how the Chinese culture can evolve beyond the limitations imposed by tradition and history.

We need your support to print and deliver 1,000 copies, get an ISBN, and hire an editor and a translator. If this project is successfully funded, we are confident that we can ship out the book to you by or prior to March 2020.

Anticipated time from start to delivery

Risks and challenges

The chances of risk are low. The illustrations and the research most of the stories have been substantially completed. We have already met with the printers, planned the design of the book, and assessed the costs for production and delivery.

While we are confident in executing the project in accordance with the timeline, we have also learned to expect the unexpected. Unforeseen detours, such as incorporating community feedback and quality control, can result in delays that make our delivery estimates inaccurate.

So although we may unintentionally keep you waiting for your rewards longer than expected, in the end, we are committed to delivering the books that will live up to your highest expectations and beyond.

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