In 2022 I was commissioned to illustrate, design and translate (from Japanese to English) a bilingual picture book called Mii-chan Can Speak Japanese. The author of this book, Japanese teacher and researcher Dr Chino Nakano, wrote Mii-chan Can Speak Japanese based on the true story of one of her students, a Japanese-Australian girl who no longer wanted to attend Japanese Saturday School. She self-published the book and you can purchase a copy
from Chino's website here.
The book explores the challenges of growing up in a mixed cultural environment, of living in one country and trying not to lose your connection to your second heritage. It will be used as a resource in workshops held to support parents of mixed heritage children.
Given my own Japanese-American-Australian heritage and similar lived experiences, I was grateful to work on such an important and personally relevant project.