Chinese Phase III

Norton’s PHASE III: Autobiographies, Biographies, and Historical Nonfiction

Studying the autobiographies, biographies, and historical nonfiction in Phase III helps in identifying historical happenings that influenced the culture.

Brown, T. (1987). Chinese New Year. New York: H. Holt.

Text and photographs depict the celebration of Chinese New Year by Chinese Americans living in San Francisco's Chinatown. Gr. 3-6


Carlson, L.M. (Ed.). (1994). American eyes : New Asian-American short stories for young adults. New York: H. Holt.

These ten stories reflect the conflict Asian Americans face in balancing an ancient heritage and an unknown future. Gr. 7-up

Daley, W. (1987). The Chinese Americans. New York: Chelsea House.

Discusses the history, culture, and religion of the Chinese, factors encouraging their emigration, and their acceptance as an ethnic group in North America. Gr. 5-up


Feinstein, S. (1990). China pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company.

Describes the topography, history, society, economy, and government of China. Gr. 5-8

Ferroa, P. G. (1991). China. New York: M. Cavendish.

A look at the geography, history, government, economy, people, lifestyles, religion, language, and culture of the world's most populous nation. Gr. 4-7

Heinrichs, A. (1997). China. New York: Children's Press.

Introduces the history, geography, economy, people, and culture of the country with the largest population in the world. Gr. 2-4


Kuklin, S. (1992). How my family lives in America. New York: Bradbury Press.

African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American children describe their families' cultural traditions. Gr. Pre-3


Lord, B. (1964). Eighth moon; the true story of a young girl's life in Communist China, by Sansan. New York: Harper & Row.

China -- Social conditions


Major, J. S. (1989). The land and people of China. New York: Lippincott.

An introduction to the geography, history, culture, economy, and government of China. Gr. 6-9


Marney, J. (1981). Chiang Yen. Boston: Twayne.

Biography of Chinese author, Chiang Yen.


Morey, J. (1992). Famous Asian Americans. New York: Cobblehill Books.

Chronicles the lives and accomplishments of fourteen Asian Americans including Jose Aruego, Michael Chang, An Wang, and Ellison Onizuka. Gr. 3-6


Rossabi, M. (1988). Khubilai Khan : His life and times. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

A biography of one of China’s rulers, Khubilai Kahan 1216-1294.

Say, A. (1990). El Chino. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

A biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain. Gr. 3-6

Steele, P. (1991). Journey through China. Mahwah, N.J.: Troll Associates.

An introduction to China, the world's most populous country. Includes a chart of key facts and information on the population, language and calendar. Gr. 3-5


Takaki, R. T. (1995). Strangers at the gates again : Asian American immigration after 1965. New York: Chelsea House.


After World War II -- The second wave begins -- The Yi Man: new immigrants from China -- The largest group: the Filipinos -- From professionals to shopkeepers: the Koreans -- India in the West -- Fleeing from Southeast Asia: the refugees. Gr. 6-0


Zurlo, T. (1994). China: The dragon awakes. New York: Dillon Press.

An introduction to the geography, history, culture and families of China. Gr. 4-6