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East Asian Literature in Your Classroom: Graphic Novels and Cultural Authenticity


This one-day workshop gave teachers the opportunity to think deeply about “picture telling” in the art forms of the picture book, manga/graphic literature, and anime. Mary Roberts demonstrated ways to evaluate materials for accurate content and cultural authenticity. Then, using provided texts such as Are You An Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea by Guy Delisle, participants had a chance to practice these skills and discuss the implications of “picture telling” with other teachers. Mary also highlighted a variety of other quality classroom instructional materials for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of China, Japan, and Korea.


Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
University of Washington in Seattle

Participants are invited to arrive at 8:30 for coffee and conversation.


Mary Barber Roberts


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  • Six Washington State OSPI clock hours
  • Course materials, including the books listed above
  • Lunch provided
  • One-year subscription to Education about Asia
  • Free parking on campus


$30 registration fee covered the above benefits