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Power in Words

photo by Ivette Fuentes Lugo

 photo by Ivette Fuentes Lugo

Literature

AAS 502: Asian American Children and Teen Literature is a course that analyzes how Asian Americans are portrayed in children and adolescent books. The instructor used hundreds of books that had both positive and negative images/portrayals. The books the professor spoke about were books written by Asian, Asian American, and non-Asian authors. This was my first experience reading books for children that had Asian Americans as the main characters. She pushed for us to be more critical about books and the portrayals of Asian Americans. As my final assignment, I wrote a children's book about a little girl and her summer with her grandmother called Suzy's Summer. Some of the illustrations drawn by Kathryn Lewis are on the side of this page.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011 1:00 PM)

I enjoyed this class quite a bit. The professor introduced me to so many books that had Asian characters as the main protagonist. Since this class, I have been more critical about children's literature and the content within these books. Writing my own book I also got to experience how difficult it is to avoid certain stereotypes and generalizations. I look forward to being creative again and write more books in the future.

Language

ASL: American Sign Language is a course that I took at City College of San Francisco. In this class, I learned basic sign language skills that included greetings and descriptions by using fingers, hands, body, and facial expressions to communicate. The professor taught us to communicate effectively with each other and with him. He was hearing-impaired. One of our requirements were to go to a deaf environment to witness and be a part of their culture. I went to a school for deaf children and adults in Fremont called California School for the Deaf. It was interesting to be surrounded by people who communicated mainly through American Sign Language and to be a minority was different. For the final, I had to have a conversation with another classmate.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011 1:05 PM)

I really enjoyed this class. I learned how to communicate with people who has hearing loss to complete deafness. This class challenged me and gave me the confidence to try something new and learn a language that is not spoken. I look forward to using my skills with my children as well as in the classroom.

Communication

COMM 362: Introduction to Oral Interpretation is a course that uses children's books, poetry, and short stories into oral performances. In this class, students learn to use other written work, interpret it orally, and perform different characters to our classmates.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011 1:08 PM)

This class has been a challenge, which is something that I am enjoying. I have never taken theater and I have not really felt like this is something that I would enjoy. Because I had to portray a variety of characters, I stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced something that is new and something that I will be able to use in the future as an educator and parent.

5/9/2011 8:20:41 PM
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Final Project written by Karen Bell: Suzy's Summer

Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis
Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis
Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis
Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis
Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis
Illustrated by Kathryn Lewis

All illustrations by Kathryn Lewis

 
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