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A book of the alphabet, for American Born Chinese and everyone else.
A book of the alphabet, for American Born Chinese and everyone else.
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WE ARE FULLY FUNDED! THANK YOU!!!!! Don't worry, you can still get a copy of the book until the campaign is over! Just choose whatever reward tier you would like :)

First of all - thank you for visiting. It was an honor telling this story and creating this art!

What is ABCs for ABCs?

ABC is a term used to stand for American Born Chinese. I am an ABC. I grew up an avid reader and learner. Yet, it was not until my early twenties that I began to uncover Chinese American history and people. I realized how starved I was for stories about people like me. Every story I uncovered inspired me to learn more and share more. I move in this world better aware of what has come before me, and what will come in the future. 

In this book, each letter of the alphabet stands for an important event or person related to ABC history. Each letter also features art pieces informed by Chinese and American art. It is my hope that this book can help to educate both the young and the old through stories about ABCs and other Asian Americans. 


Who is the ABCs for?

This book isn’t just for ABCs. This book is for everyone. To fully understand the complexity of prejudice in America, we have to understand individuals’ overlapping identities and experiences. This book is for all genders, all races, all ethnicities, all beliefs, all sexualities. I hope people can see themselves in each snippet of history. I hope the individual stories for each letter inspire all kinds of people to keep building for a brighter, more inclusive world!


Why does ABCs for ABCs look like this? 

Each letter has a calligraphy letter and a collage. 

Chinese calligraphy is a highly prized traditional art form that reflects the power of the word in Chinese language. By performing my own calligraphy for this book, but in the English alphabet, I blend a long standing art form into a new style with both Chinese and American influences - just like an ABC.

Collage as an art form represents the mixture of different influences and cultures into one cohesive art piece. ABCs, Asian Americans, children of immigrants, and others have long lived in America as a mixture of different influences and cultures. That’s why I chose to use the collage as an art form for this book. I used traditional Chinese landscape and portrait paintings, photojournalism, political cartoons, and newspaper clippings to create individual art pieces for each letter of the alphabet.

W stands for Wing on Wo & Co.
W stands for Wing on Wo & Co.
G stands for Grace Lee Boggs
G stands for Grace Lee Boggs
R stands for Railroad
R stands for Railroad

Who is featured in ABCs for ABCs? 

Incredible institutions, people, and historical events are featured in the book. All have been monumental in establishing ABC history and building a better world for all. 


Some of the wonderful rewards you can get:

Limited edition fine art print of a collage, printed and signed 

Graphic tee

Printed canvas tote bag to carry around your copies of ABCs for ABCs

Chinese & Asian American snack care package

A weekend excursion around New York City’s best Asian American spots, from noodles in Sunset Park to food courts in Flushing. You’ll also get a private tour of the Museum of Chinese in America, a private history tour of Manhattan's Chinatown, and more!



Project Needs

The entire book is already finished, illustrated, and written. All files are ready to go! I am already in contact with the printer, who is prepared for the order as soon as the project is funded. Printing a high quality, colored book is expensive. All funds will cover editing fees, printing fees, reward goodies, and Kickstarter fees.


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Special Thanks

As activist Grace Lee Boggs said, “So much to do, so many to woo, and oh, we are so very few. As I go around the country these days, making new friends and talking to people about the challenges of the new millennium, I still recognize that we have much to do and many to woo, but I no longer feel that we are so very few.” Endless thank yous to the friends, family, and institutions that made this book possible.

Risks and challenges

There is always risk when embarking on a project of this sort:

- Not being funded
- Delayed shipping
- Poor quality printing

I have taken steps to alleviate these potential risks. The entire book is already finished, illustrated, and written. All files are ready to go, and I am already in contact with the printer, who is prepared for the order as soon as the project is funded. I have received samples of the book to ensure the highest quality printing. Lastly, I have given myself ample extra time in the schedule for any unexpected delays.

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    Thank you so much for contributing to the campaign! You'll receive a link to a Spotify playlist filled with established and rising Asian American musical artists.

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    The ABCs for ABCs Book

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    Fine Art Print

    You'll receive a limited edition fine art print of a letter collage, printed and signed. Size: 6"x8"

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    Two ABCs for ABCs Books

    You'll receive a limited edition fine art print of a letter collage, printed and signed. Size: 6"x8"

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    T-shirt

    You'll receive a limited edition collage printed graphic tee.

    In addition, you'll receive a fine art print of a letter collage, two physical copies of "ABCs for ABCs", a digital PDF, and the link to the Spotify playlist.

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    Tote Bag

    You'll receive a limited edition collage printed tote bag.

    In addition, you'll receive a collage printed graphic tee, a fine art print, two physical copies of "ABCs for ABCs", a digital PDF, and the link to the Spotify playlist.

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    Chinese & Asian American Care Package

    You'll receive a carefully curated care package full of the most delicious Chinese and Asian American snacks.

    In addition, you'll receive a collage printed tote bag, a collage printed graphic tee, a fine art print, two physical copies of "ABCs for ABCs", a digital PDF, and the link to the Spotify playlist.

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    Weekend Excursion

    You'll receive a special private tour of New York City's best Asian American and Asian Immigrant spots! Spots we'll hit include the Museum of Chinese in America and a food tour around New York City’s three main Chinatowns. Everywhere we go will have historical facts, yummy food, and pretty photo spots.

    Food and travel within New York City is covered. Does not cover airfare or accommodation.

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