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NCTAN Online Workshop — The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart

October 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online literature workshop
The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart
by Chesil and translated by Takami Nieda
Saturday, October 7
1 PM – 3 PM
Instructor: Dr. Chiaki Takagi, UNCG


Book summary:
Seventeen-year-old Ginny Park is about to get expelled from high school—again. Stephanie, the picture book author who took Ginny into her Oregon home after she was kicked out of school in Hawaii, isn’t upset: she only wants to know why. But Ginny has always been in-between; she can’t bring herself to open up to anyone about her past, or about what prompted her to flee her native Japan. Then, among the scraps of paper and drawings of Stephanie’s stories, Ginny finds a mysterious scrawl that changes everything: The sky is about to fall. Where do you go?

Ginny sets off alone on the road in search of an answer, with only her journal as a confidante. In witty and brutally honest vignettes, and interspersed with old letters from her expatriated family in North Korea, Ginny recounts her adolescence growing up Zainichi, a Japan-born Korean, and the incident that forced her to leave years prior. Inspired by her own childhood, author Chesil creates a portrait of a girl who has been fighting alone against barriers of prejudice, nationality, and injustice all her life—and one searching for a place to belong.

This book is aimed at high school level readers.

All registrants will receive a free copy of the book. Teachers based in North and South Carolina who complete the workshop will earn 2 hours of professional development credit and may request free copies of the book for their students.


October 7, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Carolina Asia Center
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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