Lesson 1 (from Preface)
It is rumors of a cultural collision that bring the author, Anne, to Merced, California to talk to Hmong refugees. She meets the Lees and while Anne is comfortable in American society, she learns to become equally at ease on the red folding chair, the honored guest's position, where she sits during her time in the Lee's apartment. Today's lesson focuses on the author's thoughts in the preface on her relationship with the Lee family.
1) Class Discussion: As a class, talk about what the student's initial thoughts are on the author's preface and her relationship with the family. What barriers existed for the author in writing the book and building a relationship with the Lee family? How did she feel when she sat in the honored guest's chair at the family's home? What is the plot for the book, and how is a relationship...
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