Among designer dresses, fashion shows and popular camouflage, you’ll see images and videos of her children. Three young kids with colorful dresses, big personalities and the love that surrounds them are the highlights of her Instagram.
It made sense in the life of fashion editor Instagram fashion co-director and children’s book author Eva Chen. Family is important to Chen, as evidenced by photos of 7-year-old Ren, 5-year-old Tao, and his wife, Tom Bannister, laughing with newborn River and his parents ’grandchildren.
Families are the connective tissue that make people themselves, shaping each other through generations of generations, bright clusters that guide the next generation. Chen learns through the eyes of Mei, a young girl who is learning to love herself, at the “I’m Golden” (Feyvel and Friends, page 40, Tuesday). Chen emphasizes that who you are and where you come from is not only tolerant, but also celebrating and demonstrating.
“People talk a lot about self-acceptance and self-awareness. And I always felt it was such a neutral term for kids when we kids were self-conscious.” we want them to celebrate their love of zini and celebrate who they are, ”Chen said. .
Chen wants to enjoy the pages that feature beautiful pictures of Sophie Diao depicted during Maine’s trip. He points to the time when Mei was riding the dragon, showing that he had “lifted himself up and left all his negative feelings behind in order to accept his identity”.
Chen’s previous books have a similarly bright sense of joy, including “Juno Valentine and the Magic Shoes,” “A Is for Awesome!” and “The Last Unisaurus Rex Roxy,” but there is a thought in reflecting its own dignity that sets Gold apart.
Self-love is a timely message, especially as COVID-19 has been on the rise for two years, with more and more profiled, harassed, and murdered Asian American communities across the country for. For Chen, like others, the onset of the pandemic was a major turning point.
“The first time I heard the term‘ Chinese virus ’and I just felt scared, I thought,‘ Oh my God, that won’t be good. ’Of course, in a few weeks, hate crimes against Asian elders will take place in New York. and a lot on the West Coast, ”he says.
“Call my dad and mom and say,‘ It’s happening. Be careful, don’t wait, don’t speak Chinese when you’re on the street, wear a baseball cap or, you know, wear sunglasses. , like hiding your identity.
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Chen, 42, said he was “able to think about my culture and Chineseness” because he was worried about racism and being targeted. She was also able to slow down as the world around her slowed down and began to ask more about her parents and their experiences.
“The silver lining is that I felt like spending more time with my parents and asking them questions about what was the hardest part of coming here. “Who was here? What did you do? Where did you live?” I think a lot of people, some people have that kind of relationship with their parents, but I feel like I’ve never talked about it. Now, thanks to the book, I feel more comfortable with it. ”
The best-selling author says “Gold” is my most personal book because I love other books, but it’s the closest book to my family history.
Part of the book looks at the violence Mei may face; “It definitely brings back the brilliant experience of feeling completely isolated because I was one of the few Asians in school,” Chen said.
He remembers one of his classmates asking if he had bought the Nike sneakers he wore from Chinatown. “They must have been fake,” he recalls. That classmate said Chenny “went back to where she came from” and pulled her back from the corners to roll her eyes.
Chen’s childhood experience has survived with him to this day.
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“At first I didn’t talk to my parents about it because we didn’t have that kind of relationship, and then … my parents didn’t have a set of books or TV shows to address either,” Chen says.
Chen wants “I’m Gold” to be part of a set of tools for parents and children: for joy, acceptance, and conversation. She describes the new Asian Sesame Street character and the first Chinese American doll in American Girl as steps in the right direction so that children know they are good enough and who they deserve to be.
American girl In response to anti-Asian hatred, the first Chinese named the American doll “Daughter of the Year.”
“Sesame Street” The debut of the Asian American muppet Ji-Yang in the Thanksgiving episode
Like other colorful parents who tell their children early about who they are, Chen discussed with Ren and Tao “what it means to be Chinese, what it means to be semi-Chinese for them.” The release of the book coincides with the New Year of the Moon (Chen in his Instagram story, of course, showed his children to decorate red envelopes to coincide with the Chinese New Year a few days before the holiday), one of the many headlines in his legacy.
Through the book, Chen and Diao sprinkled “little nuggets” of Chinese culture, hoping that “people will spy on the food they eat, like ghost stones. Every dish has a personal significance.” These gemstones also belong to tradition, and Chen says he managed to “get closer to my Chinese American heritage” by thinking about these traditions.
“It’s never too late to start. I’m becoming more aware of each day (traditions) and I want to continue to accept and develop it,” Chen said.
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