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Emma’s American Chinese New Year

By Momatlast @momatlast

Aug. 13, 2012 – Atlanta – Veteran writer Amy Meadows has released Emma’s American Chinese New Year (Outskirts Press), a children’s picture book that assists American families with adopted children from China as they merge two unique cultures into their homes and observe a significant Chinese holiday. The first book to address the topic of adoptive parents celebrating their children’s distinctive international heritage annually, Emma’s American Chinese New Year takes a fresh look at the ongoing adoption experience.
Emmas American Chinese New Year
More than 66,000 children have been adopted from China in the last decade alone, and Meadows’ story will make it easy and entertaining for families to integrate this dual heritage into everyday life. The story of Emma is inspired by the adoption of the author’s niece from China in 2007.

Emma’s American Chinese New Year depicts a six-year-old girl, adopted from China, as she and her family prepare for the Lunar New Year, which occurs every January or February. Illustrations of moon cakes, Chinese lanterns, red envelopes and a local CNY celebration by Chinese artist Soon Kwong Teo add color and gaiety to the rhythmic cadence.

Meadows wrote Emma’s American Chinese New Year as a way to recognize those families that have been created through international adoption. She explained, “Having watched parents in the Chinese adoption community embrace their children’s heritage and help them participate in and understand the traditions of their birth country, I thought it was important to provide those children with a book that reflects them and what makes them so special.”

Meadows has done that, not just for children of Chinese heritage, but also for children everywhere who will benefit from learning more about the diversity of the world, creating an engaging read for families and educators.

This is the first children’s book for Meadows, an experienced freelance feature writer with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University.

Emma’s American Chinese New Year is available online in paperback through, and Outskirts Press. For more information, visit the website:, facebook:, or twitter: @emmainamerica. For a review copy, please contact Mimi Schroeder at [email protected]

MEDIA CONTACT: Mimi Schroeder / 404-447-6242 / [email protected]

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