Saturday, May 30, 2009


Learners and educators: The second in our series of free, downloadable and browsable Discussion Guides for the book is now up on our site, in both HTML and PDF format!

Our first Guide, focusing on Section One: War and Remembrance, explored the complex legacy of World War II for the Asian American community (from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Japanese American internment to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the long history of Asian American "soldiers of conscience").

The second, focusing on Section Two: When Worlds Collide, looks at perhaps the defining theme of the Asian American condition: The intersection of cultures, heritages and traditions, from the varied stories of Asian immigrants to the U.S., to the unspoken legacies of American military colonialism, to the arrival of Islam to America.

These guides don't just provide a tool for educators to open up discussion around issues raised within the book—they're also a great way to explore some of the real-world historical context that inspired the book's stories, and to learn about aspects of the Asian American experience we weren't able to include within the book's 200 pages. Check 'em out now!

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