Great idea, Beverly H.!
My Summer Scarf ‘Lemonade Stand’ Contest HAS commenced! Here’s today’s écharpe, which comes courtesy of a dear friend and colleague, K.L. Thanks, friend, for sending me the headscarves!
I am also catching up on an important article I missed – argh – A Healthy Dose of Diversity by author and Day of Dialog participant, Malinda Lo, who discusses diversity in YA. As I’ve mentioned, since chemo, I’m ‘re-greasing’ my reading wheels, little by little and taking articles in biteable bits. Reading a book is still a challenge for me.
Last summer, Cindy [Pon] and I realized that we would both be releasing Asian-inspired YA fantasies within a week of each other. We saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and that’s why we decided to band together and launch a national book tour that focuses on diversity.
Here’s another blurb from Lo’s article that resonated with me.
“Everyone’s perspective on diversity is rooted in their situation in life. So let me tell you about where I’m situated. I am a first-generation immigrant to the United States; I moved here when I was three and a half years old with my parents, who fled Communist China in 1978. But I am also biracial; my paternal grandmother was white (English, specifically). I grew up middle-class, but knowing that we came to this country with nothing but two red suitcases. I was one of only three Asian Americans in my overwhelmingly white high school class in Lafayette, CO. I worked hard to get into Wellesley College, and then into Harvard and Stanford, where I earned master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and Cultural Anthropology.”
Lo celebrates diversity and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety – CLICK HERE. Our students need a strong dose of diversity on a daily basis. Then MAYBE, just maybe, it will be a part of their everyday diet.