MEET THE AUTHOR
Hi! I'm Katrina Liu!
I'm an American-Born-Chinese mom living in San Francisco, CA. This journey all started after I had my daughter, Mina. I wanted to give her the opportunity to become bilingual, an opportunity that I did not have, and now regret. I knew it would be a challenge living in the US in a prominently English-speaking environment. Furthermore, I only have conversational Mandarin skills and very limited reading and writing skills.
So I began taking online courses in my free time to improve my Chinese. During that period, I searched for dual-language books to read to Mina. Books with both Pinyin and English are critical since I don't recognize many Chinese characters. I was disappointed to discover that well-illustrated bilingual books are extremely hard to find, especially ones that are intended for English speakers. Most are low quality, poorly translated, and/or have cultural differences that many American children just can't relate to. With that, I decided to write my own stories inspired by my daughter and I'm thrilled to share them with you!
Fluency in a language is most easily gained if a child is exposed within the first few years of life. I created these books for non-native speakers and like-minded parents interested in fostering the development of dual-language with their children. Supporting my daughter in learning Chinese and preserving our Chinese culture is important to me. These books have been a great way to get her excited about the language. In addition, it's become a useful learning tool for me as a parent.
As an independent author, this passion project is self-funded, so I really appreciate your support. If you share my values in dual language learning, I hope you will share my books with your community, friends, and family.
To learn more, Chalk Academy has interviewed me about my process and project. You can read the interview here.