Name of Collection: Chinese Culture

School Name: P.S. 124 Yung Wing School

Address: 40 Division St., NY, NY 10002

Phone: 212-966-7237--School; 212-431-5305--Library


Librarian: Joyce Albert

Librarian's e-mail:

Introduction: Our brand new collection is at present heavily Chinese folk literature and works centering on Chinese culture in our American society for PreK-5. Chinese New Year celebrations and other Chinese festivals are strongly represented.

Questions for Inquiry: How do you celebrate Chinese New Year in China and America? What is it like to be a Chinese-American? What are some great Chinese folktales? What is the immigration history of the Chinese-American? What should I know about Ancient China? What holidays, other than Chinese New Year, do the Chinese people celebrate? What is it like to live in China today?

Keywords: China; Chinese; Chinese-Americans;

Subject Headings: China--fiction; New Year--China; Chinese Americans--Social life and customs; Tales--China; Festivals--China; Holidays--China; China--Social life and customs; Folklore--China

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):398.2; 394.2; 951; 973

Key Books

Reference: Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, Theodora Lau, 133.5

Non-fiction: Folk Tales

Cloud Weavers: Ancient Chinese Legends, by Rena Krasno and Yeng-Fong Chiang. 398.2 Kra
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, retold by Ai-Ling Louie. 398.2 Lou

The Weaving of a Dream, by Marilee Heyer, 398.21 Hey
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young 133.52 You
The Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend 398.2 You
Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation by Song Nan Zhang 398.2 Zha
Chinese New Year Books
Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith 394.261 Hoy
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year by Kate Waters 394.2 Wat
Happy New Year! Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai! by Demi 394 Dem
Chinese New Year by Alice K. Flanagan 394.261 Fla
Chinese New Year by Judith Jango-Cohen 394.261 Jan
Chinese New Year: A Time for Parades, Family, and Friends by Fay Robinson 394.261 Rob
Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds 394.26 S

Fiction: Picture books

Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges E Bri
The Day the Dragon Danced by Kay Haugaard E Hau
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis E Lew

Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look E Loo
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth E Mut


The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin F Lin

Magazine Articles

• Print: Newspapers: China Daily (English); People's Daily (Chinese); South China Post (English)

Magazines: China Today; China Pictorial

• Online: Time China Newsfile (in English)


Web Sites: Info on many aspects of Chinese culture
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**** Interesting links Highlights some of the resouces of Chatham Square Branch of the NYPL as well as others. Adult oriented. An extensive resource with links to most of the best sites relating to Chinatown history, such as Library of Congress-American Memory, and the National Archives site. Many photos available through these sites. Many craft ideas for Chinese New Year and beyond.


Ancient China. Schlessinger Media
China: People & Places. Discovery Channel

Chinese -American Heritage. Schlessinger Media

Chinese New Year. Schlessinger Media
Landmarks of Civilization. Discovery Channel
Two Children, Two Cultures. Discovery Channel




Community Resources: Museum of Chinese in the Americas, 70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor, NY,NY 10013. (212) 619-4785

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*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.