East Asian Literature and Personal Stories

Workshop participants will hear personal stories based upon speakers' experiences (and those of their families) in Japan, Korea, and China, as well as learn about East Asian literature appropriate for middle and high school students. Speakers include award-winning authors of young adult East Asia novels as well as educators with extensive experience working with middle and high school teachers.

Workshop speakers and sessions include:
- Kim Holder, Director, Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, University of West Georgia, “From a Korean Orphanage to a Prosperous American Life: My Personal Story.”
- Rebecca Byrd, Social Studies Teacher and NCTA Faculty Fellow, Sevier County High School, Sevierville, TN, “What I Learned About Japan From Informational Texts.”
- Eleanor McCallie Cooper, Middle School Literature Author, “Dragonfly Dreams: The Life of a Family Living in China Before and After Japan’s 1941–1945 Wartime Occupation.”
- Waka Brown, Curriculum Specialist for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and Young Adult Author, “While I Was Away: From 1984 Rural Kansas to Living in Tokyo and Attending a Japanese Middle School.”
- Five College Center for East Asian Studies webinar: Wai Chim, High School Literature Author, “Freedom Swimmer: Learning About Mao’s Failed and Disastrous Economic and Political Programs Through a Novel.”

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