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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023 || Book Review: Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athlete by Mia Wenjen

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I’m so honored to be a book reviewer this year, and to share my #gifted book CHANGING THE GAME: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETE by Mia Wenjen with you! #readyourworld

A little about the book:

CHANGING THE GAME: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETE by Mia Wenjen shines a spotlight on seventeen Asian American female athlete trailblazers who attained high levels of success despite setbacks such as poverty, gender stereotypes, and racism. The book is an inspirational stepping stone for modern young athletes to believe in themselves and pursue their passions.

About the Author:

Mia Wenjen is an author and co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day that celebrates diversity in children’s literature. CHANGING THE GAME: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETE by Mia Wenjen is such an important book! So much so that Scholastic purchased reprinting rights, and it will be available at Book fairs later this year. What wonderful news! Read more about it on Mia’s blog here.

My review:

CHANGING THE GAME: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETE by Mia Wenjen filled my Filipino mixed-heritage heart with such joy! I loved reading about Victoria Manalo Draves and felt a kinship to her story. In her early training days, she faced racial prejudice, forcing her to change her name to her mother’s maiden name, so it sounded less ethnic, and not being able to have her dad with her at practices because he was Filipino. Victoria did not let those setbacks stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional diver. In 1948 Vicky became the first Filipino to represent the United States at the London Olympic Games. She then became the first woman to win Olympic Gold in both the 10-meter platform and 3-meter platform springboard events. All the women in this book have such significant stories that serve as inspiration for young athletes today. Despite facing adversity, they all persevered, which is an important message. My daughter has said, “only boys can achieve _.” I will share this book (and others) with her to show her that is not the case!

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