Discover the story of a world-renowned Chinese-American fashion designer. Vera Wang fell in love with the fashion world at an early age and rose through its ranks to become a designer to the stars. Readers will learn how this contemporary cultural icon overcame the challenges on her path to fame and developed her inspiring strength of character. These engaging biographies of Chinese cultural icons were specifically designed for students who have mastered 350-700 characters. Pinyin annotation facilitates the reading process, making Chinese character texts accessible at the earliest stages of learning. Touching on contemporary cultural issues, these biographies and their related online activities encourage students to think, speak and write in Chinese as they learn about Jeremy Lin, Yao Ming, and others. Perfect for classroom instruction or independent reading.