Aug. 29, 2022

Oliver Chin, Creator of the Octonauts: Publishing Multicultural Children's Books

S4/Ep 19//Color of Success


Oliver Chin is the founder of Immedium, a SF-based, independent publisher of multicultural children’s picture books.  Oliver enjoys inspiring students to read, write, draw, and create their own stories.  He is the author more than 20 books. The popular Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is one of the longest running series featuring Asian American characters, and the only English children’s series on the Lunar New Year animals. Ideal for multi-cultural education, Awesome Asian Americans is an illustrated anthology on noted AAPIs, authored by Oliver and Phil Amara, illustrated by Juan Calle.

Since 2005, Immedium has published 50 titles, such as the original stories of The Octonauts, which inspired the worldwide, hit-animated TV series and is broadcast in more than 100 countries on the Disney Channel.  The official adaptation of Justin Time also airs on Netflix.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The importance of publishing Asian American stories
  • Addressing problems through the characters in the stories
  • Discussing mental health in various books