Origin of Insight
OUR JOURNEY The
It is important to get every little detail so that it can captivate the children's attention.
The character design was definitely the hardest part of the illustration process. Moreover, after our art style was decided, the illustration per page took 2-4 hours itself.
OUR PURPOSE Why Origin of Insight started
BORN AND RAISED AS AN ASIANAMERICAN IN AMERICA, WE CAME TO A REALIZATION THAT YOUNGER CHILDREN ARE NOT RECEIVING SIGNIFICANTLY SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ABOUT VARIOUS CULTURES. THEREFORE, WE DECIDED TO HELP SPREAD THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATING IMPORTANT TOPICS REGARDING ETHNICITY, RACIAL JUSTICE, GENDER EQUALITY, RELIGION, BULLYING, ETC. THROUGH THE STORYTELLING BOOK FORMAT. YOUNG CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE THE NECESSARY INFORMATION WHILE HAVING ENJOYMENT IN THE STORY’S PLOT AND CHARACTERS.
Our experience As Asian American females, Leslie and I are constantly surrounded by racism, sexism, insensitivity, discrimination, and ignorance. From feeling "too Asian" at our predominately white schools to feeling "too whitewashed" at our Korean church, we have always been stuck on how to act, speak, and think. As Asians, we felt like we were not supposed to be friends with the "popular kids" or go to football games and dances. But as Americans, we felt like we were not supposed to play the violin or get good grades. We were never taught to embrace our culture or even stand up against ignorant bullies, and as women of color, we thought it was okay to make ourselves smaller in order to fit into society. With these books, we hope to teach others about the experiences of their peers and how we all have the power to change the views of others through knowledge and positivity.
Our Research THE SPECIAL THANKS
Irene Chao: Taiwan Khulan Temujin: Mongolia Shaun Ito: Japan Maggie Li: China Heejun Lee: Korea Phoebe Balascio: Resources Linda Kuo: Publishing
This process was definitely something that could not have been done alone. We had several people help us with the information needed to make sure there were no stereotypes or offenses made.
The Interview Questions WHAT MAKES YOUR ETHNICITY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES? HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN ASIAN-AMERICAN IDENTITY CRISIS IN YOUR LIFE? WHY AND HOW DID IT INFLUENCE YOU? HOW WAS YOUR LIFE LIKE AS AN ASIAN AMERICAN DURING YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YEARS? HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FITTING IN WITH OTHER PEOPLE AS AN ASIAN AMERICAN? NOW- FOR SOME FUN STUFF- WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CULTURAL FOODS AND/OR CLOTHING? DO YOU CELEBRATE ANY SPECIFIC TRADITIONAL HOLIDAYS WHAT ARE SOME TRADITIONS THAT EXIST IN YOUR NATIONALITY? WHAT ARE SOME FUN ACTIVITIES(GAMES/SPORTS) THAT YOUR COUNTRY CREATED? WHAT ARE SOME STEREOTYPICAL THINGS ABOUT YOUR ETHNICITY THAT YOU DO NOT PROMOTE? In summary, almost everyone had a lot of fun expressing their own cultures and traditions. It was very interesting to hear everyone's unique stories and experiences as an Asian American living in America.
OUR GOALS Normalize "taboo" ideas and create a more accepting and supportive society Break popular stereotypes in order to prevent unconscious bias Educate younger generations on how to be open minded, knowledgeable, and sensitive Teach kids about very present issues through creative and attractive books, animations, videos, and stop-motions.
Our Future Plans HOST READ-ALOUDS AND DAY CAMPS IN ORDER TO WORK WITH AND TEACH KIDS DIRECTLY CREATE VIDEOS AND ANIMATIONS THAT FURTHER EXPLAIN TO CHILDREN WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY EDUCATED AND AWARE OF SOCIAL ISSUES CREATE MORE BOOKS WITH CHARACTERS, PLOTS, AND MESSAGES THAT GO AGAINST PRESENT SOCIAL NORMS