Name of AAPI FigureGrace Lin
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Grace Lin is of asian heritage, her parents lived in Taiwan, and immigrated to America before Grace was born.
Area of InfluenceGrace Lin is an author and illustrator of both children’s fiction, and fairytale books.
Date of birth or time period18-May-78
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Grace Lin contributed to society with her books and messages. She has helped and still helps children like her to have books that reflect who they are, not what they are not. Grace Lin has helped inspire people to do what is right, not what other people want you to do. Through her books, Grace Lin has taught children to embrace who they are, and where they came from. She has helped reach out to the world to tell us that asians can be the main character in wonderful, powerful, inspiring and uplifting stories too.
How does this person inspire you?Grace Lin inspires me to go out into the world, and find something that is wrong and then work hard to change that thing because that is what she did. She thought that there were too few books with asian people as the main character available in America when she was young, so she works to fix this problem by writing quality books with asian characters. She has also introduced Chinese folklore to the American public through some of her stories.
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?I chose Grace Lin because I like how she took what she didn’t like about her childhood, and changed it so that other people like her can have a better childhood. As a child when Grace Lin went to school, all the books that the teacher read where about a different culture than hers. And when Grace Lin grew up, she changed the thing that she wanted when she was young, a book that reflected who she was. Grace Lin’s story speaks to me in the way that she took a wrong, and made it right, and when she made that wrong right, she change many asian children’s lives.
Submitted byKate Tregay