There has never been a U.S. children's book about ramen.
It's time to address this historic oversight...and add ramen's story to the world's reading menu. Fortunately, we have the right book for you!
With your help, we'll make the tastiest adventure that both kids and adults will love... especially those who love eating ramen!
My name is Oliver Chin. I'm the founder of Immedium (www.immedium.com), an independent San Francisco publisher of wonderful children's books.
As the father of two sons, I wanted Immedium to create fresh multicultural stories with spectacular art, which could appeal to anyone around the world. For example, we published the original series of The Octonauts, which inspired the hit animated TV series worldwide.
However, this hasn't been easy. For the past 30 years in the USA, only 10% of children's books were by or about people of color. During that period, just 1% were by or about Asian Americans. Did big publishers not care? Or did the public not have a voice or a choice?
Today Asians are the fastest growing group of American immigrants. By 2050, people of color will be the majority of American citizens and Asians will make up more than 10%. The US "publishing gap" has prompted the recent movement #WeNeedDiverseBooks to advocate more "color-filled" stories that can be "mirrors, windows, and doors" for children.
Immedium is dedicated to publishing multicultural themes with amazing illustrations. In the past decade more than 40% of our titles (20+ books) featured diverse main characters. This includes our first successful Kickstarter campaign for Good Dream, Bad Dream (bilingual in Spanish) by Juan Calle.
Now Juan and I have teamed up again with another great idea! We appreciate your help to fund this fantastic book.
We wanted to start another inspiring series with Asian American characters. The topics would be unique and the journeys meaningful...and fun...and exciting too! That was a tall order, but along with co-author Phil Amara we've prepared an appealing recipe.
Wouldn't it be great if kids could learn how some very cool things were actually invented in Asia long ago? These remarkable creations belong in The Asian Hall of Fame!
One day the kids Emma and Ethan stumble upon an item that piques their curiosity. Wow - this thing is neat! Where did it come from? How was it made?
Luckily...pooof! Out of a puff of smoke emerges Dao... a talking (and cute) red panda. He is their guide! Dao can magically take them back into time and place to discover how this invention came from Asia...and then transport them back to the future!
We wanted the first adventure in the series to knock your socks off. Well in this case, it tastes delicious too!
"Your Next Great Bowl of Ramen Is Right Around the Corner:
There was a time when ramen was niche, the territory of homesick expats and manga-reading Americans. But the country has officially gone Ramen Crazy." - Bon Appétit
Anyone who can boil water can eat Cup o' Noodles. But do you really know ramen's true origins?
These guys might. But hey, they haven't come up with our book idea...
The Discovery of Ramen!
In the beginning, the classmates are on a field trip downtown and get distracted by a yummy scent. They follow it and find a restaurant. What is that mouth-watering dish that everyone is ordering?
Whoa - a cute critter appears! Dao can take them to where ramen was invented!
Now what self-respecting kid would say no to that? Let's go!
Dao brings Emma and Ethan back to Japan in the 1880s. Together they zip through the decades to witness the evolution of street food, birth of instant ramen, and the exploding popularity of restaurants like Momofuku around the globe!
Emma and Ethan learn about cooking and culture... and you will too!
So far, we've gotten rave reviews thus far about The Discovery of Ramen:
“Perhaps no dish says more about our hunger for Asian food
today than ramen. This delightful tale shares the story of how
this iconic noodle journeyed from China to worldwide acclaim as
both comfort food and instant grub, beloved by bellies of all ages.
Thanks for spreading awareness of Asian culture through
its delicious cuisine!”
— Danielle Chang, Founder of Luckyrice (www.luckyrice.com) and Creator of PBS TV series Lucky Chow
We've assembled a team of creative pros, who are collaborating to make the story of ramen entertaining and educational. History comes alive in an escapade that combines Anthony Bourdain, Globe Trekker, and H. G. Wells!
Phil Amara is the author of The Treehouse Heroes children's book, The Nevermen comic book series, and So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?. Formerly at editor at Dark Horse on comics such as Star Wars, Sock Monkey, Madman, and Planet of the Apes, he is an elementary school teacher in Boston, MA.
Oliver Chin is the author of many children's books including the series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac and Julie Black Belt, graphic novel 9 of 1: A Window to the World, and The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball's Brightest Big Man.
Juan Calle is the talented artist of The Year of the Rooster and creator of the international superhero fantasy Good Dream, Bad Dream. He leads the art studio Liberum Donum (www.liberumdonum.com) in Bogota, Colombia.
This is the evolution of Juan's cover with Joy Liu-Trujillo's typography of the title design.
We can't wait to get a copy into your hands! The book will be
- 9.5 inches wide x 10 inches tall
- fully illustrated in color
- hardcover with dustjacket
- 40 pages
Here is the "lunch special" combo of rewards for backing our project:
Ramen FAN level: $5 or more
We will email you a PDF of the book (ebook), suitable for loading onto a tablet or phone.
VIP level: $20 or more
You get 1 hardcover Ramen book + 1 postcard + book PDF.
1 Star level: $25 or more
Get 1 signed Ramen book (autographed by co-author Oliver Chin) + 1 postcard + book PDF.
2 Star level: $50 or more
3 Star level: $75 or more
Receive The Treehouse Heroes book (written by Phil Amara, illustrated by Alina Chau)
+ 2 Star level rewards (3 Ramen books + 5 postcards).
4 Star level: $95 or more
Cherish a "8 x 10" limited edition Ramen print
+ 3 Star level rewards (4 Ramen books + 10 postcards).
5 Star level: $145 or more
Receive The Year of the Rooster book (by Oliver Chin & Juan Calle)
+ 4 Star level rewards (5 Ramen books + 15 postcards).
Silver Chef level: $195 or more
Wear a terrific Ramen T-shirt + 2nd "8x10" special Ramen print
+ 5 Star level rewards (20 postcards).
Gold Chef level: $245 or more
Get a hand-drawn Ramen 8 x 10 drawing + Silver Chef level rewards (25 postcards).
Ramen King level: $495 or more
For the few, the proud... and the hungry! Savor a delicious Ramen dinner for 2 people & fun evening with one of the creators in California (Los Angeles or San Francisco), Massachusetts (Boston), or Bogota, Colombia + Gold Chef level rewards (50 postcards).
On Kickstarter, you have a voice and choice.
We thank you for your support!
Surviving as a small press is a constant struggle. But we are grateful that fans have always appreciated our stories' quality messages and attractive illustrations.
Your contributions will help cover the illustration, design, printing, and shipping costs of our first print run. Our $6k budget is dedicated to:
- production costs: $3k
- printing: $2k
- shipping: $1k
By making our campaign successful, you'll receive our book in time for the 2017 holiday season!
Millions of people love ramen around the globe.
We need your help to get the word out!
Tell your friends and family about this campaign!
Join us on our brand new journey of The Asian Hall of Fame! In our sequels we plan to discover more awesome inventions and explore China, India, Korea, and other countries.
Feel free to contact us at info @ immedium.com to:
- ask a question or invite us for an author visit
- suggest media contacts who may want to cover our project
- request our free book catalog
- sign up for our free email newsletter
We'll have more great feedback to share!
“Kids won’t realize how much they’re learning as they surf, fly, and
slurp their way along the magical ramen trail in this dynamic, fun,
and fact-packed story.”
— Dr. Marjorie Coughlan, Editor, Mirrors Windows Doors
Risks and challenges
Immedium has published nearly 50 wonderful books since 2005, including the successful Kickstarter campaign for Good Dream, Bad Dream. We have a consistent track record of producing beautiful picture books that children want to read again and again.
We've been crafting this idea for The Discover of Ramen for more than a year.
We've just given the final manuscript to Juan Calle who is creating the artwork and Joy Liu-Trujillo is designing the layout. We are very confident that we'll deliver you a fantastic storybook as a holiday gift.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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