The Legend of Auntie Po

by Shing Yin Khor is a beautiful graphic novel that tells the story of Chinese Americans in the old West. In 1885 in a logging camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 13-year-old Mei works with her father to feed the hungry lumberjacks and Chinese workers who labor all day at the camp. Mei loves to bake pies and also loves to tell stories about Auntie Po, the “mother of all loggers”, whose legendary prowess could have given Paul Bunyan a run for his money. To Mei’s surprise, Auntie Po springs to life from her imagination when she needs her most. This is a deeply engaging story that illustrates the history of Chinese Americans during the racial upheaval following the Chinese Exclusion Act. (Non-Fiction)