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I had to kill some time at Orchard Road yesterday, so I made my way to the Apple store to get out of the heat. I did not know that there was a Today at Apple talk by Chen Zi Yue.

Zi Yue, also known as Angeline on Instagram, is a hearing-impaired illustrator.

I loved her life story so far. She was born deaf and failed in early schooling and speech therapy. But she was encouraged to draw by her mother.

Her illustration to embrace discomfort was inspiring. She quit full time work to freelance and learnt a lot outside the world of art as a result.

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Pleased to share with you this picture book, Enough! that tells the story of twenty protesters who changed America written by Emily Easton. On the cover, it is Tommie Smith and John Carlos who raised their fists in support of human rights on October 16, 1968 at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Delving deeper into the background of each protester and getting to know the full story had me inspired by how they persisted in fighting for what they believed despite of some losing their status, and ultimately making America a better place for the society to live in. I’m grateful to Nicole Heras, my Art Director and her team from Random House Children’s Books for having me on this meaningful project. Published by Crown Books and it was released today! I have ✨5 copies to give away✨ and if you’re keen to have it, please share with me on why you’d like to have it and I might pick you. 😊 *Closing giveaway on 28th Sept 2018* #picturebook #crownbooks #illustration #giveaway

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She is a successful book illustrator now by any measure. Her Instagram feed reveals other life milestones that are worth scrolling through.

My need to get out of the humid heat was serendipitous. Angeline’s story is a reminder on how important it is to embrace discomfort — this is the first step to learning. I will also be using her example in a course (ICT for Inclusion) that I will be facilitating in a few months time.


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