March 5, 2022

Serena Li, Founder of Duck Duck Books, Multi-lingual Children's Books Publisher: "Taboo" Topics: Struggling with Breast-feeding & Pelvic & Post-Partum Mental Health

S4/Ep 2//Color of Success


Serena Li is an ad agency professional by day, and by night she’s Duck Duck Books' Founder and Editor-in-Chief. She was born in Guangzhou, raised in Houston, and spent much of her adult life in Seattle. She has long been involved in Equity & Inclusion efforts, in both the public sector and the corporate world.  We sit down to discuss the scarcity of Multi-lingual books for children and the importance of DEI.  *Trigger Warning: We discuss the "taboo" topics of Post-partum Depression, suicidal thoughts, and the importance of pelvic and mental health, especially after giving birth!

If you or someone you know is struggling with a crisis, please contact 911 or report to the nearest emergency room.  The Suicide Lifeline is also available 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255.  

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Story behind Duck Duck Books:

After her little Sophia was born, Serena was struggling with the new world of parenting as a working mom trying her best to raise a Tri-lingual child. A recent survivor of postpartum depression, Serena bonded with her daughter via books and quality time, but when she had a hard time finding meaningful bilingual books for young children with cross-cultural values that she wanted to pass on, she found her new passion and purpose.   

Now she uses Duck Duck Books as a platform to further the causes of diversity, multiculturalism, giving back, and spreading a love of languages. And in her free time, she and Sophia are talking, singing—and of course, reading—in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Serena, her husband Chris, daughter Sophia, and Golden Retriever, JoJo currently live in Edmonds, WA.

To learn more about Duck Duck Books, purchase books, and enjoy read-alongs: https://www.duckduckbooks.com/

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