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Children's Fiction Prejudice & Racism

Everyone is Welcome

by (author) Phuong Truong

illustrated by Christine Wei

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Prejudice & Racism, Asian American, Diversity & Multicultural
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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A little girl hears that her grandma’s friend, Mrs. Lee, was pushed on her way to the Asian market. Then she learns that Asian students at her brother’s school are afraid to walk to class, and she realizes something very wrong is happening to her community. How can life be so unfair? With her mom’s support and the help of her friends, the little girl sets out to do something kind for Mrs. Lee.
Everyone is Welcome is a book to begin a conversation about the reality of anti-Asian hate. It is also a celebration of Asian families and culture - particularly the wonderful spaces of North America's Asian markets.

About the authors

Phuong Truong grew up in Ottawa and dreamed of being a rock star, a lawyer, or an author. She is pleasantly surprised to have achieved one of these goals. She works in book publishing and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

Phuong Truong's profile page

Christine Wei is a Taiwanese artist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Major in Illustration. Christine's work often draws inspiration from sentiment, life stories, and nature-inspired mark-makings. She loves creating art with a variety of mediums to convey relatable narratives in dynamic perspectives.

Christine Wei's profile page


  • Winner, Bookstagang Best of 2023 Community Award for Best Illustration

Editorial Reviews

“Against this debilitating climate that Asian communities face, Everyone is Welcome provides a timely response and offers young children a way to understand and engage with these issues in a relatable manner. Written by Phuong Truong and illustrated by Christine Wei, the book advocates a positive vision of community life, one that is accepting of everyone, regardless of their background... Highly recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This brightly illustrated story brings to light racism towards people with Asian backgrounds. It provides readers the opportunity to open discussions on how this affects families, and how we can appreciate and accept all cultures in our neighbourhoods."

The Calgary Herald

"An important book around how anti-Asian hate impacts a community. In the story, readers witness discriminatory incidents but also see how the community comes together to take actions to ensure the safety and belonging of all. A timeless book that reinforces the importance of remembering each other’s shared humanity and living compassionately."

Toronto Star

"For lessons in empathy, especially when needed to combat anti-Asian hate, Everyone is Welcome brings us to a place of both reality and promise. Hate has always been around, often just changing targets, but awareness and grace are universal, and they have and will overcome the worst when everyone is made to feel welcome."

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