The Story of the Red Envelopes by Gordon Lew. This beloved classic from 1971 explains the symbols on Red Envelopes. It has been updated by TACT in 2018 with additional images. K-3 It will be on the TACT website
in the curriculum section soon.
With greatest respect to Gordon Lew. SFUSD Chinese Bilingual Pilot Program, 1971
Victor Low, Project Administrator Al Yuen, School Administrator
Some images from the ERIC document have been revised to fit this new format. by The Association of Chinese Teachers 2018
A New Year's Reunion, 2011 by Yu Li-Qiong with Zhu Cheng-Liang, Illustrator 2011. A girl is overjoyed when her father returns home to celebrate the New Year in China. Like many Chinese American parents, he works far away, and the time he spends is precious because he must return to work. Mandarin Chinese is used and some customs are different from the ones observed by Cantonese speakers. Grades K-2
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low. 1990. This is a story of a young boy’s conquering his fears in his first public dance under a lion’s head in New York City. The story is told with color photos and remains a classroom favorite. It has been featured in the PBS television series, Reading Rainbow. Grades 1-3.
New Year by Rich Lo 2016. An immigrant Chinese boy introduces his classmates to aspects of the New Year when asked to provide decorations for the classroom. It is based on the author’s own difficult experiences adjusting to Los Angeles. His family makes dragon boat dumplings in their New Year celebration. Grades 2-4
Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story by Steven A. Chin, 1993. This tells of the first New Year parade in America in 1851 and includes a good explanation of why people left China and the life of a Chinatown in America. The illustrations are excellent and show the historical dress, stores, and customs of the period. This book is highly recommended because of the historical dimension of the celebration. Grades 4-5
Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture by Carol Stepanchuk with Leland Wong, Illustrator 2003. This book is about many aspects of a Chinatown community, with some good information about Lunar New Year, stores, religious practices, and Lion Dances. The excellent drawings show an intimate knowledge of the community in which the illustrator was raised. Grades 4-8.
Lunar New Year Recommended Readings: Animals and the Zodiac (Elementary School: in ascending order of difficulty)
Ten Mice for Tet! By Pegi Deitz Chea and Cynthia Weill. 2003. Ten mice lead readers through the Tet with simple sentences. The book uses illustrations from beautifully embroidered pictures. PreK-1 Many Vietnamese customs are similar to Chinese customs; however, the zodiac replaces the rabbit with a cat. For an excellent explanation go to: http://vietnamesezodiac.com/vietnamese-year-of-the-cat/
Why Cats Chase Mice: A Story of the Twelve Zodiac Signs (Japanese Fairy Tale Series) by Mina Harada Eimon. 1993. A mouse tricks the cat who loses his chance to be in the animal zodiac. The story differs from the Chinese version although the animals are the same. Japan changed to the Gregorian calendar, using January 1 as its New Year in 1873. Prek-1.
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young. 1998. The illustrations are spare and dark. They capture the essence of each animal and their fierce competition to be the first in the zodiac. This is in contrast to the more colorful versions that are available. Older children might appreciate this as an art lesson, but the images might scare younger children. Grades 4-5.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library 9 AM – 12
TACT, Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, Square and Circle Club, and San Francisco Public Library co-sponsored a highly successful event to a standing room only crowd.
The Educator’s Hour included talks by Nick Bartel, Jeannie Woo, and Lorraine Dong about Angel Island, SF State APIA Biography Project, and Angel Island books respectively.
Guest Speaker Hong Mei Pang provided resources from Chinese for Affirmative Action. Retired principal Sam Louie captivated the audience with a skit about his father who was detained on Angel Island.
Claudia Jeung and Anna Eng showed a stunning array of primary data, family photos, and written records for Square and Circle Club.
TACT members and SF State students helped children with kites, red envelope origami dogs, and paper bag suitcases.
Angel Island and Lunar New Year books were on display. Lonnie Chin and Nick Bartel donated many titles for teachers in attendance.
All participants received a flashdrive which included Angel Island PowerPoints for elementary and middle/senior high, Angel Island Detainee PowerPoint from SF State’s APIA Biography Project. Book and Resource lists, PDF selections from Chinese Americans Past and Present, Lunar New Year Activities, an updated version of Gordon Lew’s Red Envelope, and Sam Louie’s story of his family. In addition to loading the flashdrives, TACT member Josephine Zhao has placed the information in a Google folder:
Members of the public were also invited to the event. School Board Commissioner Emily Murase and District One Supervisor Sandy Fewer dropped by to address the crowd and to look at the exhibits and books. The reviews from teachers, students, and the public were highly complimentary and enthusiastic.
Angel Island Immigrant Voices
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9 AM (Prop A Start Time) – 12 Noon
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library
- 351 9th Avenue, San Francisco 94118
- Enter by 10th Avenue near Geary
9:00 – 10:00 Educator’s Hour
Introduction to Angel Island/Detainee PowerPoints to use in your classroom
- Books to see and evaluate for your classroom
- SFUSD Prop A schedule for the day
- Educators and the General Public
10:00 – 10:30 “Who is an American?”
Hong Mei Pang, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
10:30 – 11:00 Angel Island Biographies
- Angel Island Family Histories
- Articles and Magazines Displays
- Educators Book Reviews
11:00 - 11:30 Play for all ages: Coming to Gum San: The experience of being a detainee at the Angel Island Immigration Station
Sam Louie, Angel Island docent and a retired SFUSD School Principal
11:30 – 12 Noon
Teachers return Prop A forms and evaluations of Angel Island books
11:30 – 1:00 Arts and Crafts activities:
- Angel Island Immigration Experience
- Lunar New Year of the Dog 2018
Educators may receive a flash drive if requested at pre-registration. You will get many resources to teach about this often-ignored part of Chinese American history.
Two ways to sign up:
1) Fill out the automated Google Form here, or
2) If you'd rather write an email, please write to Josephine Zhao (email@example.com) providing with:
- your name, school, grade level or job title, subject (if middle or senior high teacher).
- if you would like to have activities (PowerPoints, Reading Lists, Lunar New Year patterns, etc.) on a flash drive.
Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT)
Square and Circle Club
San Francisco Public Library Magazines and Newspaper Center
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library
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SFUSD's certificated staffing team along with multilingual pathways will be hosting an event called, "Bilingual Education Night", in an effort to identify potential bilingual teachers early in the application process.
At this event attendees will receive presentations on SFUSD's application process, the history of bilingual education in SFUSD, and a presentation from SFUSD's credentials team. Additionally, there will be a teacher panel and an opportunity for candidates to network with administrators in attendance.
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Time: 5 - 7pm
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East meets West under the baton of Lü Jia, who leads the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra in its exciting Davies Symphony Hall debut. Hear premier pipa virtuoso, the magnificent Wu Man, performing American composer Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa, a dazzling synthesis of sound and culture that he wrote specially for her, along with the critically acclaimed Chen Qigang’s brilliant Chinese work Luan Tan.
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) recognizes the many contributions of Latin Americans, currently 17 % of our nation’s population. Latinos of Asian descent make up only a small percentage in Latin American countries, but here are some books that teachers may wish to add: