Posts Tagged "culture"

Exploring a Bicultural Experience

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | 2 comments

Exploring a Bicultural Experience

One of my favorite blogs, Korean American Story, has just published a piece I was invited to write for them, “Of Longing and Belonging.” This relatively new blog has already built a thoughtful and insightful collection of essays and fiction on what it means to be Korean and American, including immigrant, U.S.-born, and adoptee perspectives.

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Between Worlds

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | Comments Off on Between Worlds

Between Worlds

Back in Maine, I’m in the process of returning to my life here. People who were raised in two countries and two cultures spend their lives in a between state. But jet lag offers a rare chance to experience it consciously. The sun may be high in the sky, but your body tells you it’s nighttime. In that short-lived haze, images and sensations from both places swirl in the mind simultaneously. Last week I revisited the sites of some of the most evocative scenes of my childhood. When I was nine, our family moved from Seoul to Taegu where my father worked at Dong San Hospital. After a...

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Featuring Difference

Posted by on May 24, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Talking Walls, Bk: Welcoming Babies, Bk: Who Belongs Here, Diverse & Global Books, Korean Books & Culture, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Featuring Difference

Featuring Difference

In April, Margy Burns Knight and I spend six days in Philadelphia-area schools, presenting on the five books she wrote and I illustrated: the two Talking Walls titles; Who Belongs Here: An American Story; Welcoming Babies; and Africa Is Not A Country. As all these books concern the diversity of human experience – in culture, language, race, religion, etc. – Margy and I use every opportunity to address the topic of difference in a positive light. We often begin our talks with information about ourselves as children. Some students in these Philadelphia suburban schools can see...

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Universal Questions

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Universal Questions

Universal Questions

It’s been a busy spring, chock full of travel and school visits. Now that I’m finally getting to catch my breath and take a look back, I find I’ve made numerous discoveries in the exploration of race and culture through children’s books.  In January and February, author Margy Burns Knight and I worked  at Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine, as part of a family literacy project sponsored by the Harwood Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College. Lewiston’s population is a mixture of Franco-American families who have been there for generations...

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Diversity in Action is … 1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

Posted by on Dec 4, 2008 in Bk: Talking Walls, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Diversity in Action is … 1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

Diversity in Action is …                1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

In 1991, I began working on illustrations for a book called Talking Walls. Author Margy Burns Knight, publisher-editor (and later co-author) Mark Melnicove, and I formed a collaborative creative team which eventually produced five children’s nonfiction picture books, all of which are still in print. All of our titles explore human difference through the lens of what we have in common: walls, immigration stories, baby welcoming rituals, the daily lives of children. The process of creating the books has provided an intensive laboratory for examining how to approach...

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