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ERIC Number: ED067663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Pages: 17
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Chinese-American Identity and Children's Picture Books.
Wong, Jean H.
A survey was made of all children's books about Chinese, Chinese Americans, or China for pre-kindergarten through third-grade reading level to determine how the books represent the Chinese or Chinese American to the young child. Books included in the study were identified by one or more of the following factors: (1) book title and bibliographic data; (2) Sears Subject Heading; (3) grade reading level; and (4) annotation or resume. An examination of the titles revealed three identifiable themes: Tales and Legends of Ancient China (8 titles); Stories of Pre-WW II China, circa 1920-1935 (7 titles); and Chinese Americans in U. S. Chinatowns (3 titles). The titles are grouped by theme and listed by date of imprint. No picture books were identified as showing life in contemporary China or Taiwan. Results of the survey show that (1) for the most part, the Tales and Legends of Ancient China have been well executed and that Bishop and Wiese's "The Five Chinese Brothers" remains the best known and most popular, exerting strong influence on young children's perceptions of Chinese people; (2) as a group, the stories of Pre-World War II China are old-fashioned and in some cases outdated; Handforth's "Mei Li" was found to be outstanding in this group; and (3) the stories with a U. S. Chinatown setting contain occupational stereotypes; overgeneralize the culture and traditions of Chinese Americans; and show no interaction with the dominant American society, with the exception of Hurd's "The White Horse." It is recommended that authors and publishers be encouraged to produce high quality books that present Chinese and Chinese Americans authentically. (GR)
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