“Growing Up Asian in America” Exhibit at Woodside Library


Art from the "Growing Up Asian in America" program.Woodside Library is currently hosting the 6 panel exhibit of 2011 award winning art and essays from Bay Area K-12 students on "Growing Up Asian in America." This will be on display to the left of the front doors of Woodside Library until Feb. 29, 2011. The writing is poignant on the theme of "Lost and Found:" a sixth grader reflects on the death of her baby sister; a twelfth grade violinist discusses dropping music for a year, despite his "tiger mom," and how he regains joy in music later.

Artwork, Too!

The artwork, unfortunately, doesn't show to advantage in the laminated format. The eleven pieces submitted should have some kind of frame to set them off visually as the 10 by 13 inch pictures are somewhat lost on the giant vertical panels. One young artist created a collage celebrating Obon (the Japanese summer festival to honor the ancestors’ spirits), but her three-dimensional origami figures lost some of their charm on a flat surface

Calling Bay Area K-12 Students

The current theme of "Bridges," tying in with the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, is still available to inspire contestants. The contest deadline is Wed., March 7, 2012, with $27,000 in savings bond prizes. Entry forms are available at most San Mateo County public libraries, or find them online here.

Read All About It

Finally, to tie in our library collection, Woodside Library has a small display of picture books, chapter books and non-fiction on "Growing Up Asian in America." Our Young Adult holdings in this area are not extensive, although other SMCL libraries have novels centering on Asian Americans dealing with identity and other issues of high school. A  most helpful resource is NoveList K-8 with the search topic of "Asian American" – you’re rewarded with over 160 listings (go online to smcl.org and find the “Research” tab to get to NoveList K-8).

A Few From Which to Choose:

Picture books featured are those like Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan or Yoon and the Jade Bracelet by Helen Recorvits. For middle schoolers, a powerful book like Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira might be a good suggestion – Katie Takeshima’s family has to move to Georgia; the adjustment is even more difficult because her older sister becomes terminally ill.


Author Bio:

Try going to junior year in a public high school in Rutland, Vermont decades ago. Karen Y. fielded comments like “Were your feet bound when you were little?” and the ever-popular “My, your English is so good,” as well as “What do you eat?”

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