Of Race and Reconciliation chronicles the Chinese experience in America around the year 1885. That was the year the Chinese residents of Tacoma were forcefully expelled from the city against the backdrop of increasingly alarming and even violent tensions between American citizens caught in an economic downturn and Chinese immigrants seeking opportunity in “Gum San,” or the Land of the Golden Mountains they had heard about in America. Of Race and Reconciliation producer Forrest Burger traveled through six states to take an unflinching look at this period in time, but also document how the tensions between American citizens and immigrant populations provide relevant lessons in today’s political climate, and in Tacoma’s case, how far efforts toward reconciliation have come. airs 9/26 at 4 a.m.
Today we feature Caldecott Honor Book author, Grace Lin, and highlight the many resources we have for her.
In a video interview by Reading Rockets in Safari Montage, Grace talks about her childhood as a young Chinese-American girl in upstate NY where she was in the minority among mostly caucasian kids. She discusses how she tended to forget that she is Asian, and to the chagrin of her mother, had no interest in her Chinese heritage. She discusses how she thinks her books can be both “windows and mirrors” for students.
Check out her full book list and find teaching resources for them at our teachingbooks.net account. (Contact me if you don’t remember how to log in).
Also, check out the Monroe One BOCES Overdrive/SORA account for audio versions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly. (Again, contact us if you need help logging in or navigating SORA.)