Arriving on Angel Island while the Chinese Exclusion Act was in effect, nine-year-old Tyrus Wong was separated from his father, left with only his forged immigration papers and a fake name. Despite facing poverty and discrimination, a summer scholarship at Otis Art Institute would later lead him to a successful career in the arts, including a brief, but groundbreaking, stint at Disney, most notably as the lead production illustrator on Bambi (1942). Learn about his unbelievable life story from Author Julie Leung and Illustrator Chris Sasaki, the duo behind the recent children’s book, Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist.
Please note: Due to the museum closure, this program has changed venues and will now be held virtually through Zoom.
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Q&A and Requirements
Questions can be submitted during the webinar through Zoom's Q&A function. Due to anticipated demand and limited Q&A time, not all submitted questions will be answered.
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About the Speakers
Julie Leung was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. She graduated with an English and journalism degree from University of Georgia.
By day, she is a Marketing Director at Random House, specializing in sci-fi and fantasy books. You can catch her at pop culture conventions on behalf of Del Rey Books.
By night, she is a children’s book author. Her debut series, Mice of the Round Table was praised as a “winning new adventure,” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Paper Son: The Story of Tyrus Wong, Who Did It First? 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized The World, and coming in Summer 2020, The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee.
Chris Sasaki is an animation art director and illustrator living in Oakland, California. He’s worked at Pixar Animation Studios and has designed characters for Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), Coco, (2017) and Onward (2020). He also served as production designer on the Oscar®-nominated shorts, Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and Weekends (2017). Some of his other past clients include LAIKA Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks, Red Cap Greeting Cards, and Jim Henson Studios. His work has been featured at Gallery Nucleus, on Cartoon Brew, New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators yearly annual. In 2016, Chris made his first venture into illustrated books with a short story collection for young adults entitled GHOST (2016).