Online Book Discussion Group(s)

About Online Book Discussion Groups


Online book groups are another opportunity for NCTA alumni as well as those who are new to NCTA to strengthen their interest in and commitment to teaching about East Asia in their classrooms. A book is selected by the discussion group leader and is discussed over the course of a few months. In addition to readings, the group may be expected to complete assignments such as discussion posts, reactions to the readings, and pose questions for further analysis. Registration is required for the discussion group and it is open to all NCTA alumni in our 11 state region. There are also book groups that are taught nationwide and are availabe to interested educators in all states. Previous online discussion group books have been Mao Zedong by Jonathan Spence and China's Second Continent by Howard W. French.

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NCTA Alum Fall Book Discussion Group: Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts by Jessica J. Lee


NCTA Alum Fall Book Discussion Group: Two Trees Make a Forest:

In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts by Jessica J. Lee

This Fall, Dr. Diana M Wood will lead a free asynchronous book discussion group on Jessica Lee’s Two Trees Make a Forest, a fascinating and unique approach to understanding Taiwan. As reviewer Sy Montgomery comments, Lee "performs a subtle miracle. She retrieves lost strands of family, landscape, and history and weaves them together to create a surprising and soulful whole." It is important to note that Lee is a British Canadian Taiwanese author who explores environmental history as well as her family history. Lee blends facts and stories about her Chinese maternal grandparents with her personal hiking expeditions through Taiwan's challenging mountains and her gradual discovery of her grandparents' experiences during World War II and the years following once they went to live in Taiwan. Dr. Wood has read the book at least three times and feels confident that the group will have a great adventure understanding what Lee learns about her heritage and herself.

This free book discussion group will be conducted asynchronously beginning in early September and will continue through the Fall using the Proboards Discussion Board site. Registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book along with a detailed schedule of readings and assignments.
This book discussion group on Two Trees Make a Forest is for NCTA Alumni in the University of Pittsburgh’s NCTA Coordinating Site Region NCTA Alumni from (PA, WV, MD, DE, MI, KY, MN, OH, AL, IL, LA)
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.
Registration deadline is September 1, 2021 (or until we reach capacity).
To register, please click on the link here:
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