Ties That Bind the U.S. and China: The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, with Dori Jones Yang
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Venue: Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Includes coffee and light snacks.
Free and open to K-16 educators. This workshop is suitable for those who teach or who are interested in world history, U.S. history, local history, English, or library media studies. Post-secondary students will be admitted if space is available. Limited to 20 participants, so register early!
K-16 educator participants will receive copies of the books The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang, and Fortunate Sons, by Liel Leibovitz. Register by Oct. 1 and we will mail you the books so you can read them before the workshop. K-16 Educators who register after that date will receive the books at the workshop.
About the workshop
Seattle-based author Dori Jones Yang specializes in books about Chinese and Chinese-Americans. Her newest book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, is a middle-grade novel for readers 10 to 14 and takes place in New England in 1875-6. At age 11, Woo Ka-Leong (known to his American friends as Leon) arrives in Connecticut as part of a group of 120 boys sent by the emperor on the (real historical) Chinese Educational Mission to the United States. Impulsive and curious, Leon gets in trouble more than once as he tries to adapt to American life. Warned by his government not to become "too American," he learns to love trains and baseball. But his elder brother, steeped in traditional Chinese ways, has a harder time adjusting.
In this workshop, Dori will provide an overview of the Chinese Educational Mission (1872-1881), which was based in Hartford, CT, and then talk about researching and writing this book. This will be followed by a discussion of the challenges of teaching American kids to accept foreigners and immigrants in our classrooms and society.
Dori is planning a book tour to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York October 12 - 31, hoping to do as many school visits as possible. Contact if you are interested in having her visit your school.