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Graphic Novels and Cultural Authenticity

East Asian Literature in Your ClassroomGraphic Novels and Cultural Authenticity
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Washington in Seattle
Participants are invited to arrive as early as 8:30 am for coffee and conversation.

This one-day workshop will give teachers the opportunity to think deeply about “picture telling” in the art forms of the picture book, manga/graphic literature, and anime. Mary Roberts will demonstrate ways to evaluate materials for accurate content and cultural authenticity. Then, using provided texts such as Are You An Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea by Guy Delisle, you'll have a chance to practice these skills and discuss the implications of "picture telling" with other participants. Mary will also highlight a variety of other quality classroom instructional materials for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of China, Japan, and Korea.

This workshop is open to all current K12 educators. No prior knowledge of East Asian literature or familiarity with manga and graphic novels is assumed.


  • 6 Washington State OSPI clock hours
  • Free copies of the workshop texts and handouts
  • Lunch provided
  • One-year subscription to Education about Asia

  • Registration info

  • There is a $30 registration fee.
  • Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until the workshop reaches capacity (20 participants).
  • This workshop is open to all current K12 educators. No prior knowledge of East Asian literature is assumed.

  • Registration fee

    After submitting the registration form below, send your $30 check payable to "University of Washington" to:
    East Asia Resource Center
    UW Box 353650
    Seattle, WA 98195

    This NCTA workshop is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

    Register here.

    edited by cgao on 3/13/2017