A look into the Asian American psyche

What if Asian American children had a positive and supportive cultural environment so they grow up loving their true identity and home culture, starting from the language? The American Born Chinese Foundation aims to provide accessible bilingual resources for children, to normalize bilingualism, and the Asian American identity.

In order of appearance:

Sandra Oh
Natasha Tina Liu
Akemi Look 
Jake Choi
Chris Tashima
Ludi Lin
Tzi Ma

 Watch the full documentary produced by Quentin Lee below. 

Happy Year of the Dragon

Thank you to everyone who attended the
Lunar New Year Fundraiser to ring in the new year together as a community 

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At the American Born Chinese Foundation, our primary purpose is to promote positive AAPI identity starting from childhood. We are dedicated to supporting AAPI children with Chinese heritage in the U.S. by upholding values of inclusion, diversity, bilingual education, cultural preservation, and creating Asian children’s representation in books.

Our foundation aims to make a positive impact in the community by shaping a positive identity for AAPI children growing up in the U.S. We specifically focus on addressing the lack of bilingual books in the lives of multicultural children and strive to fill that gap to ensure our bookstores reflect the demographics of our community. We understand the importance of Asian children's representation in the books they read, starting from when they’re babies.

To achieve our mission and objectives, we send free bilingual children’s books to families across the U.S., publish bilingual books, and provide grants for bilingual book illustrators and creators. What sets us apart is our focus on cultural preservation and language and identity support for AAPI children, recognizing the importance of positive identity starting from childhood.

We measure the success of our initiatives by providing consistent shipments of free books monthly to households with AAPI children aged 0-8, ensuring they have access to bilingual books throughout their identity shaping process. Partnerships and collaborations are crucial in fulfilling our mission, as they support the long-term development of our infrastructure and community programs.

Transparency and accountability are integral to our operations. We track data on book shipments and collect testimonials from families, continuing to gather long-term feedback on our impact. Our foundation remains adaptable to changing needs and circumstances, listening to the community and creating programming that truly supports our audience with efficiency and effectiveness.

Our long-term vision is to create a world where AAPI children are confident and proud of their identity and heritage. The American Born Chinese Foundation is committed to building a legacy of empowerment and celebration of AAPI identity for generations to come. 

*The American Born Chinese Foundation is proud to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to education and service of the American Born Chinese community. We are further classified as a Public Charity , status 509(a)(2).
*Donor contributions made to the ABC Foundation are tax-exempt under IRC Section 170.

American Born Chinese Foundation
Mission Statement


2024 Lunar New Year
Celebration Fundraiser 

The Hollywood, Los Angeles AAPI community gathered in West Hollywood on Sunset Blvd, at the Andaz Rooftop ballroom on Lunar New Year eve.
We welcomed the Year of the Dragon together.
Featuring Cheryl K performance (Crazy Rich Asians), Dragon dancing, Lion Dancing, Face changing(Sichuan Opera), Martial arts demonstration, drums and cymbal, Boba Tea, traditional candied fruit, Kung Fu tea tasting, and so much more.

I Love Speaking Chinese

A Chinese-English bilingual children's story written in English, Chinese, and Pinyin. Follow little Emma's journey as she goes to school for the first time and realize not everyone in school speaks Chinese like her. She is very proud to be bilingual and loves sharing and playing with her new friends in school. Play a counting game with Emma and explore what stuffed animals are in her classroom. Perfect for anyone interested in reading to their little ones in Chinese/English! The story is to promote the positive experience of being a bilingual child living in an English-speaking world. There's also a little parent-child interactive prompt for the children to spot and count animals. It helps create dialogue, encourage literacy, animal identification, vocabulary, counting and more! Your little one will love the animals, and love to count and find them hidden in the pictures!

Don't want to wait for the free boardbook? Buy your own paperback copy!

You can now purchase this adorable bilingual book and support the work of the American Born Chinese Foundation. Kindle downloads available.

Proceeds will go towards more free bilingual books for other families who need the help.

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We are proud to announce that the American Born Chinese Foundation is officially sponsoring the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Kids Book Festival tentatively set on September 8th 2024 in West Hollywood Park

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Los Angeles Kids Book Festival 
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What our book recipients are saying

My girls (4 & 6 yrs old) were excited to read ‘I Love Speaking Chinese’ when I first showed them. They are able to read English and majority of the English words in the book on their own. As a Chinese parent, who forgot how to read a lot of Chinese characters, the Chinese characters with Pinyin is so helpful. My girls were curious about the Chinese characters and what the dashes for the Pinyin meant. It help start conversation for my 4yr old especially to read the Chinese and what it means. It’s nice that I can just look at the English for the translation.

Thank you so much for providing this amazing program to Chinese-American families. I am not Chinese American myself (my husband is) and it is important to me that our son embraces every part of his identity. By reading these bilingual books, we are exposing him to his cultural heritage and getting more quality time with his grandparents. Thank you so much.

Yes!! I am so grateful that you are making these bilingual book so accessible!!! I want my child to learn to speak Chinese but I have no success in finding a bilingual book. She loves that she can read to me and I can read to her. Thank you!! I think this is most natural way for her to get accustomed to speaking/hearing Chinese and keep it as a positive experience.

Honestly it is hard to find bilingual books local and when it’s online, it’s usually on the expensive side and as a SAHM with only one income (my husband), I really am limited on how much I can spend a month. So a lot of stuff are hand me downs. So when I found this website, I was sooooo happy because I can finally find books in my language that I can use to teach my son the mother language! Thank you for this awesome program!!!!!!

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so ABCF can send more free Chinese books,
and become a resource to families in need. 

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ABCF FreeChineseBooks are currently being mailed to families all around the U.S.




Interested in becoming an ABC Foundation book Author/Illustrator? 

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