NPR’s The Salt shared a story recently about a Pittsburgh-based baker who is highlighting remarkable Asian Americans through her cookie-making skills.
Thanks to social media and attention on the local Pittsburgh art scene, Jasmine Cho is raising awareness of their essential contributions to American history.
Cookie subjects include author and civil rights activist, Grace Lee Boggs, and Yuji Ichioka, the historian of the Japanese American experience who coined the term “Asian American.” The impact of Cho’s cookie art is spreading far and wide beyond Pittsburgh.
Jasmine Cho knows the power of a good cookie. “Cookies,” she says, “can make anything more palatable.” Including conversations about race and social justice in America.
With her delicate line drawings in colored icing, Cho is impacting a whole generation of young people.
Marian Lien, an advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islander inclusion in Pittsburgh, recently encountered Cho’s cookie art on exhibit at a local coffee shop
…(she) says that when her daughter, who was then 16, saw Cho’s exhibit, she said, “‘Wow, I didn’t know there were that many of us that were making a difference. I better step up my game.’ She proceeded to Google many of the Asian and Pacific Islander American heroes and sheroes, and what could have been a 15-minute viewing became a two-hour experience for her.”
In addition to her cookie art, Cho has written and illustrated a beautiful children’s book, called Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Who Made History.
You can read the whole article on The Salt here. Click on the affiliate link above to order your copy of her children’s book.