Anyone can buy a Rainbow Loom or a Wii U, but sometimes you want to give your kids a present that helps them learn about their cultures. Or one that helps them feel proud of their unique heritage. Here are some multicultural and Asian-inspired gifts for the young hapas in your life!
Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts: Over 100 Projects & Ideas Celebrating Chinese Culture Illustrator Jennifer de Cristoforo became interested in Chinese arts and crafts after adopting her daughter from the Jiangxi Province in 2003. Lucky Bamboo provides step-by-step clear directions, and in some cases templates, for over 100 projects that kids can make. This would make a great present for the parent or teacher in your life!
War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art The grown-up hapa (or HapaMama) will appreciate this book, which examines the hybrid Asian American experience through essays, artwork and interviews with the 19 artists featured, including Kip Fulbeck and Richard Lou. Edited by Laura Kina and Wei-Ming Dariotis, the book is a companion to the War Baby/Love Child exhibit on display through January 2013 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle.
Hapa t-shirts from Blacklava Want to wear your hapa pride on your sleeve? Blacklava, an apparel company started by Ryan Suda, aims to challenge perceptions of Asian Americans. And Blacklava has a great selection of hapa themed t-shirt designs… including onesies and even a shirt for your HapaPapa.
Disclosure: I received copies of “Lucky Bamboo” and “Princess Moonface” for review, but all opinions are my own.
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