I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story
Written by Martha Brockenbrough
and Grace Lin
Illustrated by Julia Kuo
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he’s stopped and told he cannot enter: he isn’t American. What happens next would forever change the national conversation on who is and isn’t American. After being imprisoned on a ship for months, Wong Kim Ark takes his case to the Supreme Court and argues any person born in America is an American citizen.
I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story is an important picture book that introduces young readers to the young man who challenged the Supreme Court for his right to be an American citizen and won, confirming birthright citizenship for all Americans.
Primary ISBN: 9780316426923
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older
Community Represented: Chinese/Chinese American
Themes: Citizenship, Detention, Discrimination: Cultural, Discrimination: Immigration Status, Generation: 1st
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
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