Posts Tagged "difference"

Writing Whiteness

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Writing Whiteness

Writing Whiteness

Get a pen and paper. Sit down in a comfortable place and get quiet. Imagine yourself as a child. Remembering your young life, ask: What is my earliest memory of noticing that my skin was a different color from someone else’s, or that theirs was a different color from mine? In other words, if you’re white, in what circumstances did you first notice that you were “white?” (This is an enlightening exercise for anyone of any race, but particularly so for white people because so often the subject of race simply isn’t raised in the white community.) Other racial...

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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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Connecting Kids to Their World

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Welcoming Babies, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Connecting Kids to Their World

Connecting Kids to Their World

For our April six-school tour in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, author Margy Burns Knight and I were presenting on our five nonfiction books about differences. The most recent of these titles, Africa Is Not A Country, was published in 2000, so we wanted to connect the information in our books with current world news.  We created slide shows of recent events and people related to the content of our books. For instance, showing images from several of the African countries who celebrate their independence holidays in April, we talked about how those were like birthdays for countries. ...

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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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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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