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Mo, Weimin; Shen, Wenju – Children's Literature in Education, 2007
Culturally diverse as they are, Asian-American children and youth share quite a few features among themselves. Most of them are children of foreign-born parents who came to America during the post-1965 immigration waves. As they grow up in culturally isolated environment, they are often faced with identity crisis. The society's racial exclusion…
Descriptors: Social Values, Immigrants, Asian Americans, Children
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Mo, Weimin; Shen, Wenju – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
The intensifying globalization has made street survival more brutal and miserable for homeless children, especially in Third World countries. "Sanmao, the Vagrant" is a wordless picture book which tells of the adventures of a boy named Sanmao in streets of Shanghai during WWII. The essay analyzes how the artist's ingenious visual…
Descriptors: Children, Homeless People, Global Approach, Developing Nations
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Mo, Weimin; Shen, Wenju – Children's Literature in Education, 2002
Notes that an unusually large number of Chinese nursery rhymes provide realistic depictions of women's life experiences over the long history of China. Describes how they tell about women's fears and concerns as well as hopes and dreams and even sufferings. Divides those rhymes into three categories that represent three stages of a woman's life.…
Descriptors: Chinese Culture, Confucianism, Elementary Education, Femininity
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Mo, Weimin; Shen, Wenju – Children's Literature in Education, 1997
Examines picture books portraying Asian societies as a means to discuss the criteria of authenticity (not simply nonstereotypes) in both the literature and artwork of picture books. Discusses authenticity and cultural acceptance in terms of both story selection and adaptation, authenticity and cultural conventions (in terms of value implications),…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mo, Weimin; Shen, Wenju – Children's Literature in Education, 1999
Discusses Jean Fritz's book "Homesick" as a work of art on the borderline between biography and fiction. Suggests young readers should be provided accurate historical knowledge in order to (1) understand the characters' emotions and experiences, and (2) prevent traditional misconceptions from being perpetuated. (NH)
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Characterization, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education