OVERRIDE

Milly Lee

Milly Lee

Milly Lee grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown as Mildred Chan in a household where grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived under one roof. She attended Chinese school after the regular school day and spoke Cantonese at home and in the neighborhood. Up until the end of World War II, Chinatown was a small, close-knit community whose members were under pressure to conform to the ideals of Chinese culture.
When she was a child, Milly found few books about children like herself. There were some Asian stories, but they were set in an exotic land of long, long ago. Milly felt strongly that stories of bicultural children and their experiences needed to be voiced, so that they would see their own likeness in books. A retired school librarian who had been very active in the American Library Association, among other professional associations and organizations, she knew exactly what she wanted her first book to be.
Nim and the War Effort is an autobiographical story, but it speaks directly to the experiences of all bicultural children in their struggles to find out who they are. In it, a young Chinese American girl, trying to prove her patriotism during World War II, risks her family’s disapproval by leaving Chinatown to collect newspapers for the war effort.
Milly revisits Chinatown in Earthquake. Basing her story on her mother’s experiences in the 1906 San Francisco catastrophe, she tells of the family’s esca

BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Landed

Milly Lee; Pictures by Yangsook Choi

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Sun is ready to leave his village in China for America, theplace known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. His father warnshim, though, that passage will not be easy. Because of the 1882Chinese...

Buy

Nim and the War Effort

Milly Lee; Pictures by Yangsook Choi

Square Fish

"Details place the affecting story in a real, not idealized, America." --Kirkus Reviews"It’s the last day of the newspaper drive and Nim, a Chinese-American girl in San Francisco...

Buy

BACK