Celebrate Chinese Culture

Posted on February 17, 2017. Filed under: Event, Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , |

Coming Together In Skokie and Niles Township is a multiple city wide program that highlights and celebrates one of the communities’ many cultures. It does this through reading, discussing a common book, and other activies. Oakton Community College is proud to participate this year’s program celebrating Chinese culture. Below is the list of books discussed in this year’s program.


Shui de Tian Tang: Zhongguo Liu Xue Sheng de Meiguo Meng
By Sujie Man

This book is about a group of Chinese students who come to America to pursue the American dream.


Traveling Between Two Worlds
When: Wednesday, February 22, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: Room 1604, Des Plaines  Campus

Oakton Employee Sujie Man discusses her life in China as  journalist and
novelist and her transition to living in the U.S.


9780312384487_p0_v2_s192x300American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

“Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl.

Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again.

The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey.

Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


American Born Chinese Book Discussion
When: Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 am—12:30 pm
Where: A151, Skokie Campus

Celebrate National Library Week with a book discussion about this graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, national ambassador for Young People’s Literature and MacArthur fellow.


9780316038638_p0_v1_s192x300Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

“In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


Where: Morton Grove Public


9780307389220_p0_v1_s192x300Typical American
by Gish Jen

“Yefing Chang becomes Ralph Chang in America and begins a hard struggle to achieve the American dream— a career, a family and a home of his own. In poverty, he succeeds finally to win a doctoral degree, a college position, a happy marriage to Helen, two delightful daughter, and a close reunion with his older sister, Theresa. The dream becomes a nightmare when he meets Grover Ding whose corrupt influence over Ralph and Helen begins to unravel all that the Changs have managed to achieve. This is an honest novel that does not promise happy endings and recognizes the human weaknesses that can destroy a family’s stability” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


All Ages Book Discussion with Tea
When: Wednesday, March 8
Where: Lincolnwood Public Library


9781596436978_p0_v3_s192x300Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang  and Sonny Liew

“In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author ofAmerican Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


An Evening with Gene Luen Yang
When: Monday, March 13, 7:00 pm
Where: Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie


9781570914911_p0_v2_s192x300Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin

“It’s easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? Author/illustrator Grace Lin recalls such a garden in this charming and eloquent story.

The neighbors’ gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of ‘black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers’ that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that ‘these are better than flowers.’ Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.

The Ugly Vegetables springs forth with the bright and cheerful colors of blooming flowers and bumpy, ugly vegetables. Grace Lin’s colorful, playful illustrations pour forth with abundant treasures. Complete with a guide to the Chinese pronunciation of the vegetables and the recipe for ugly vegetable soup! Try it . . . you’ll love it, too!” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


All Ages Book Discussion with Tea
When: Wednesday, March 8
Where: Lincolnwood Public Library

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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