I saw this book many times, and although I loved the cover, I didn't pick it up for several months. When I finally did, I was so blown away by the concepts it covers in its few short pages. This book can be used to help students understand how assimilation can begin, how internalized racism can take hold and how honoring family experiences is a piece of the healing puzzle. This is a fantastic resource for Social Emotional Learning and a beautiful  personal narrative mentor text.

Social Justice Activities:

Relevant Social Justice Standards:

Diversity 9. Students will respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection.

Diversity 10. Students will examine diversity in social, cultural, political and historical contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or oversimplified.

Justice 12. Students will recognize unfairness on the individual level (e.g., biased speech) and injustice at the institutional or systemic level (e.g., discrimination).

Justice 14. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics.

Reading Strategies:

Character Analysis: 

Narrative Writing: This autobiographical text and can be used as a mentor text for narrative writing in fifth grade and up.

Theme: Discuss what the last page tells us about the theme of the story. Teach about intergenerational healing.

Book Details:
  • Autobiographical, All Ages
  • Perspectives: Chinese Immigrants
  • Author's stated heritage: Chinese-American
  • Subject Integration: Social Emotional Learning, Art (Watercolor), Geography

Book covers images are from publishers and in the public domain