Chicken Soup and Goji Berries is a graphic novel by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu exploring the connections across languages, cultures, and generations that can exist within one Chinese-Canadian family. Utilizing some of the unique tool set available in the comics medium, the story code-switches fluidly between English and Chinese, while preserving understanding for readers of both languages. You can read it in English, you can read it in Chinese, or you can feel like a member of the Yang family and read it in both.
The kids of the Yang family, have spent most of their lives in Canada. Having their Nainai from China move in with the family is a big change for them. From having to turn down the volume of their cartoons, to being awakened by the soy milk machine at 7 AM, Jeannie, Ethan, and Cindy have much to get used to. But it’s not just the day-to-day routine that’s changed now that Nainai is in their lives — there’s something different in the air, something magical.
Finalist for the 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award in Children’s Fiction.
Chicken Soup & Goji Berries, a graphic novel by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu.