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An Excerpt from Amelia to Zora
Z is for Zora, novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. Sassy and proud, Zora Neale Hurston liked to do things her own way. As a little girl, she enjoyed making up stories, and her favorite place was the general store, where she listened to her neighbors swapping tall tales. Zora’s English teacher encouraged her writing, and she won a magazine story contest. In 1925 she moved to New York and won a scholarship to study antropology.
As an anthropologist, Zora traveled to the South and the Caribbean to collect the stories of African-Americans. Zora wrote many articles and books. Other blacks criticized her for her viewpoints on race and for writing folklore, which some thought sterotyped them. Undaunted, Zora wrote true to her own beliefs and is widely admired for her writings.
“In this engaging book, Chin-Lee evokes the stories of 26 women, their unique voices, visions, and victories. Young readers will find inspiration and motivaiton in each woman’s story and her powerful message. From sports figures like Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Kristi Yamaguchi to scientist, such as Grace Hopper, and writers like Zora Neale Hurston, our world has been influenced by women and their hard work and zeal for the life they love. Beautiful. Intricate collages spotlight each woman and her special gift.” Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle.
Cynthia Chin-Lee and her four older siblings were born and raised in Washington, D.C. by a medical-doctor father and a homemaker and artist mother. Cynthia began writing for fun when she was in the sixth grade. “I liked writing poetry and scribbling in my journal because I found it comforting and therapeutic. I still write for that reason and because I like playing with words.”
Cynthia attended Harvard University, where she studied East Asian Languages. She spent her junior year abroad at the Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University. After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude, Cynthia accepted a graduate fellowship at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and studied at the University of Hawaii.
Cynthia is an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.