Kokila The Legend of Auntie Po
Kokila The Legend of Auntie Po

The Legend of Auntie Po

By Shing Yin Khor


Publication Date: April 6, 2021

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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9

Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine as she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885.

Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman’s daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan—reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch.

Anchoring herself with stories of Auntie Po, Mei navigates the difficulty and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is about who gets to own a myth and immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.

About the Author

Shing Yin Khor (they/them) is a cartoonist and installation artist exploring personal narrative, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding through graphic memoir, science fiction, and large scale art structures. They created the webcomics The Center for Otherworld Science, a surreal workplace romance, and Tiny Adventure Journal, a travel memoir.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Kokila

ISBN: 9780525554899

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