Global Issues Through Literature Book Discussion: Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
Thursday, October 15
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2020
To register for this program, please visit the link below:
THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN ONLINE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
For NCTA Alumni in the University of Pittsburgh’s NCTA Coordinating Site Region
During the Fall of 2020 Dr. Diana M. Wood will lead an online book discussion group on The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. While this book was copyrighted in 1994, Dr. Wood read it in 2001 and the intervening years have not erased her remembrance of it. There are three main characters, two Japanese (one man and one woman) and one young Chinese (raised in Hong Kong but a university student in Guangzhou, China) and the years covered by the story are 1937-8. Almost every moment of this story occurs in the Chinese family’s beach-front home in Tarumi, Japan. While this places our story at the start of WW II, a Ryota poem provided on an introductory page suggests that it is truly about something else.
No one spoke,
The host, the guest,
The white chrysanthemums.
This free discussion group will be conducted asynchronously over the course of two months on the Proboards Discussion Board site (according to the tentative schedule below). You will receive a complimentary copy of the book, which will be yours to keep. For Pennsylvania teachers, completion of this book discussion will be worth fourteen Act 48 hours. For teachers in other states we can provide you with a certificate of completion and/or a personal letter from the instructor.
We are only accepting a limited number of participants in this book discussion group. Registration deadline is September 1, 2020 (or until all slots are filled). Please click this link to register: https://forms.gle/sfjHkgPqDd253BpJ9
Tentative Schedule for Readings/Discussion Board Posts
9/7/20: Post your personal introduction on the Proboards site
9/14/20: Background reading selections dealing with Zen Buddhism
"Finding Quiet Within the Noise: How Japanese Traditions Can Help Today's Students" by Linda Ensor Education about Asia vol. 23, #3, Winter 2018.
Zen Buddhism from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/21/20: pp. 3-70 “AUTUMN”
10/5/20: pp. 73-113 “WINTER”
10/19/20: pp. 117-159 “SPRING”
11/2/20: pp. 163-211 “SUMMER AND AUTUMN”
11/9/20: Final Thoughts/Reflections