Children's author who won the 2005 biennial Laural Ingalls Wilder Medal for his additions to children's literature.
He experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness while growing up as an Asian-American in an African American neighborhood of San Francisco.
He became a runner up for the Newbery Medal for his novels Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate.
His parents names are Yep Gim Lew and Franche.
Another Asian-American writer who lived in San Francisco is Andrew Lam.