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Joanna Ho and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya - We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem for Asian America - at Conn Ave

Location 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
Date Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 10:30am - 11:30am
Duration   1 hours
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 10:30 am, Joanna Ho and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya will be presenting their latest collaborative work, "We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem for Asian America," at the Conn Ave location in Washington, DC. This event promises to be a captivating and enriching experience for readers of all ages, particularly those between 4 and 9 years old. "We Who Produce Pearls" is a beautifully crafted book that celebrates the rich heritage and diverse contributions of the Asian American community. Through lyrical prose and vibrant, sophisticated illustrations, the authors take readers on a journey that slips through the consciousness as gently as pearls through one's fingers. The extensive backstory and discussion questions provided in the book offer a deeper exploration of the historical and cultural references that underpin the narrative, making it an invaluable resource for parents, educators, and anyone interested in expanding their understanding of Asian American experiences. Joanna Ho, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of numerous children's books, including "Eyes that Kiss in the Corners" and "Say My Name," brings her expertise and passion for storytelling to this project. Her co-author, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and activist whose work examines the experiences of women and communities of color. Phingbodhipakkiya's art has been featured in prestigious institutions such as the V&A Museum in London and the Museum of the City of New York, further underscoring the depth and quality of the visual elements in "We Who Produce Pearls." This event at the Conn Ave location promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience for attendees. The authors will share insights into the creative process, the inspiration behind the book, and the importance of amplifying diverse narratives in children's literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage in thoughtful discussions, and perhaps even discover a newfound appreciation for the rich tapestry of Asian American culture. Whether you are a parent, educator, or simply someone with a curious and open mind, this event is not to be missed. Join Joanna Ho and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya as they celebrate the beauty, resilience, and contributions of Asian America through the captivating pages of "We Who Produce Pearls."

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