Department or Program

Asian Studies


In the past, Asian American children’s literature has oversimplified East Asian cultures and lacked diversity in plot, theme, and genre. As characters from the Chinese diaspora are prominently featured in Asian American children's picture books, this thesis employs data from Diverse Bookfinder to assess the cultural authenticity of books depicting Chinese New Year through a close reading analysis. The celebration of Chinese New Year is intricate and holds great significance for its community, underscored by a multitude of unique observances. Hence, it is imperative that literature accurately reflects these diverse experiences. Culturally authentic children’s books about Chinese New Year serve to deepen readers' comprehension of China and its multifaceted cultural legacy. Moreover, such books are tailored to children of Chinese descent, fostering resonance, stimulating imagination, and reverently celebrating their cultural heritage. Ultimately, publishers bear the responsibility of diversifying literature by allocating space for multicultural books and prioritizing their inclusion in educational settings such as schools, curricula, and libraries. Increased access to a wide array of multicultural books facilitates readers' ability to discern cultural authenticity. It is imperative to augment the volume of Asian American books and diversify genres, characters, and topics, thereby fostering a more comprehensive representation of Asia.

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First Advisor

Lu, Zhenzhen

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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