Events & Presentations 

Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

The last six+ months have been a wild, often flat-out run, during which I: promoted my Fall 2015 title, I’m New Here (Charlesbridge); launched my Spring 2016 title, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! (Abrams); finished editing my Fall 2016 title, Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! (Abrams); revised my Spring 2017 YA novel, In the Shadow of the Sun (Scholastic/Arthur Levine); traveled for an author visit to Daegu International School – in my childhood home of Daegu, Korea! – and reunions with old friends and extended family; did local and regional author visits at Narragansett...

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Picturing New Neighbors

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Bk: Path of Stars, Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on Picturing New Neighbors

Picturing New Neighbors

On September 30, in the midst of torrential rains and flash flooding in the city, I still managed to get in from the island to hang an exhibit of illustrations in the Children’s Room of Portland Public Library. The exhibit, “Picturing New Neighbors,” features selected original artwork from these four books, all of which feature immigrant children: My stellar intern, Caitlyn Hubbard, made the whole day work; I never would have made it without her. Thanks, Katie! The exhibit will be up through November, and will culminate with a November 19th reception and workshop,...

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Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

The September 19 launch party and film preview for I’m New Here was wonderful. Master-minded and MC-ed by the ever brilliant and resourceful Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, the event drew some 70 people, including this crew from the filming at Hall School (above). I read the book and we shared Fred’s video of students talking about being new and being welcoming: and his interview of me talking about creating the book: Read a post about the making of the video. People wrote messages about what it feels like to be new and how to welcome… And shared welcome signs in our photo...

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Serendipity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Events & Presentations , Immigration | 2 comments

Serendipity

An artist friend, Jo Israelson, has been working for months on an art installation called, “Welcoming the Stranger: Building Understanding Through Community-Based Art,” here in Portland, Maine. The exhibit highlights the treatment of immigrants in Portland during the 1920’s with their treatment today. Several events included in the two-month-long calendar of “Welcoming the Stranger” feature my just-released book about immigrant children, I’m New Here. Tonight was Jo’s opening at the Maine Jewish Museum. At her suggestion I brought a few copies of the book...

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Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Once again I participated in a National Association of Korean Schools teachers conference – the second in a week – this one the New England chapter, in North Andover, MA. (It’s a complete coincidence that I did them back-to-back; this invitation came through another Korean acquaintance.) Annual gatherings like the two I attended offer teachers (mostly volunteers) from across a region the chance to connect and to gain new knowledge, skills and inspiration to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.   Korean schools usually meet on Saturdays or on Sunday...

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More Korean Connections

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Events & Presentations , Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on More Korean Connections

More Korean Connections

At her invitation, I joined my friend, Dr. Agnes Ahn, one of the founders and program coordinators of the Korea Studies Workshop at University of MA Lowell, for a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia this weekend.   Agnes and I keynoted at the National Association of Korean Schools, Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting. We each shared an overview of our life stories and our work: on Agnes’ mission to get Korea and Korean history into the Common Core, and on my book, The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea, as a tool to explore Korean history, culture and positive bicultural...

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