Review: Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (Reviewed by Racha Kassir)

Review by Racha Kassir In 1944, a Mexican girl Sylvia Mendez, and her family moved to Westminster, California as her dad had leased a farm after years of fieldwork. Although they were U.S. citizens, the Mendez children weren’t allowed to register in a public school. Mr. Gonzalo Mendez challenged Orange County’s public-school segregation and with…

Review: Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Reviewed by Lu Yang How would it feel if you were suddenly sent to a place that is totally culturally different? For California-born and raised 12-year old Mai, the trip to Vietnam seems like a perfect disaster. Especially that she has been looking forward to spending the summer at the beach. With her best girl…