Global Read China

Boxers & Saints

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Developing empathy; Evaluating visual evidence; Analyzing point of view & purpose; Textual analysis & interpretation

DATE: January 10, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. EST
FEE: Free

Join Primary Source and readers from around the U.S. for a live, online discussion with award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Boxers & Saints, a story told in two volumes, tracks the parallel stories of a boy and girl growing up in the heartland of China’s Boxer Rebellion at the end of the 19th century. Caught up in the turbulence, Little Bao organizes rebels against the “foreign devils” encroaching on China, while “Four-Girl” joins the Catholic missionaries in search of community and belonging – their linked stories giving us access to their opposing points of view. Through approachable artwork that animates his compelling mix of historical fiction and folkloric visions, Yang raises complex questions about ideology, imperialism, and terrorism that resonant in our own time.

We encourage you to read Boxers & Saints with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.  The books are appropriate for students in grades 8-12.

 

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