What’s been on my mind beyond this little blog? Below, find immigrant and first-gen youth sharing their stories of hope and hard reconciliation, timely books, and my own adventure visiting the Japanese American National Museum in LA!
- This story is a testament to the possibility that creative writing fosters. Over 70 high school students – many of them immigrants, aspiring authors and writers – wrote bilingual English/Spanish children’s books inspired by their own stories. Will I be reviewing these young authors’ books in the near future? I sure hope so 🙂
- “I realized then that no matter how hard I played by the rules, some people would never see me as a person of academic and professional success.” Amanda Machado, daughter of immigrants and an alumna of my university, reflects on the realities of the American Dream. A powerful read that resonates with me deeply.
- But what if we started tackling change before college? In an increasingly diverse country, talking about race and racism in the classroom should no longer be optional – urban teacher education programs are leading the way.
- Exciting news!!! Teen Vogue lists 10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017. I’m revving up my Christmas Barnes & Noble gift cards for The Hate U Give, When Dimple Met Rishi, and American Street.
- Because a part of my heart will always be in children’s books: Lee & Low Books suggests 6 books to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- On a rainy night in LA, my mother and I visited the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. For anyone in the southern California area, I highly recommend visiting this beautifully immersive museum. It’s heartfelt, curated with care and intention, with a committed Education staff. I might write a separate post on it, but here are a few images that have resonated with me – I hope they resound with you, too.
What stories are on your radar this weekend? Yours and others’ – I’d love to hear about them 🙂