Exploring Asian Voices Book 2
Product Code: 978-1-921586-75-0
by Barbara Stanners
Asia has a rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage stretching back thousands of years. It is a region that has engendered many of humanity’s momentous achievements, religions and belief systems. It has become a major economic region and the home of two thirds of the world’s population. Educationally, the study of varied Asian texts broadens student awareness, knowledge and understanding of other cultural experiences. Close examination of Asian literature and media texts can develop critical thinking skills, reasoning ability and cultural empathy for the experiences and difficulties of others such as immigrants.
Study of Asian literature and rhetoric poetry, especially those of the twentieth century, can sharpen insight and consideration about unfamiliar traditions and values that are found in other cultures. Many of the texts found in Asian Voices 2 relate to significant watershed historical periods such as the collapse of the British Empire, the launching of the Atomic Age with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Vietnam War. The world has been reshaped by such events and it is important for students to explore the ramifications of such experiences from non-Western testimonial experience and perspectives.
Asian text study also prompts consideration of how composers have both drawn on their own cultural traditions, as well as question and explore genre boundaries and styles. Asian composers have innovatively integrated Western literary influences and pressures into their cultural contexts which have undergone massive changes in the past century. A broad range of sophisticated texts have been included in Asian Voices 2 to bolster a student’s ability to empathetically explore the thoughts, emotions and Asian experience.
ContentsExploring Asian Texts Rhetorical Form and Techniques Aung San Suu Kyi Nga Nguyen Poetry Indian Poetry Chinese Poetry Vietnamese Poetry and the Vietnamese War Prose Hisaye Yamamoto Jhumpa Lahiri Film Slumdog Millionaire Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Life-writing Mao’s Last Dancer The Happiest Refugee Anh Do Hiroshima, John Richard Hersey Photographic art The Napalm Girl, Kim Phuc Responding and composing Reading non-fiction texts Poetry Analysis