Jade Snow Wong: Drawing Together Her Many Influences
Lesson: Students will 1) become familiar with Wong’s artistic style and recognize how an artist can have many influences and sources of inspiration; 2) use compare-contrast skills in discussing artwork from different cultural contexts; and 3) practice online research skills, presentation skills, and working in groups.
Jade Snow Wong’s Writing: Shaping Her Story
Lesson: Wong’s memoirs—Fifth Chinese Daughter (1950) and No Chinese Stranger (1975)—offer students many opportunities to examine issues related to Asian American identity, history, art, and storytelling. Depending on how much time you have, you can assign one or both books or specific passages; no matter the length of the reading, Wong’s stories and reflections lend themselves to provocative discussions.
The Art and Science of Jade Snow Wong’s Work
Lesson: Students will 1) learn some of the hallmarks of Wong’s ceramics and enamels; 2) gain a general understanding of the ceramics- and enamel-making processes; and 3) understand some of the scientific processes involved in art.
Jade Snow Wong: Crafting a Chinese American Identity
Lesson: Watch and discuss the film Jade Snow Wong to understand the cultural conflicts experienced by Chinese American women during the 1930s-40s and how similar tensions still exist today.
Jade Snow Wong: Breaking the Mold
Lesson: Students will 1) understand how Wong was viewed by her community as a rebel in her choice of career and in her artistic style; 2) practice using compare/contrast skills to identify the hallmarks of art from the Qing and Song dynasties, to understand how Wong’s work was initially judged; and 3) hone discussion skills through the use of Project Zero’s Artful Thinking Routines.
Kay Sekimachi: Incarceration Camp and Identity
Lesson: Compare and contrast experiences between Kay Sekimachi and the characters of When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka during Relocation and the Internment Camps to draw themes about the treatment of American and Japanese cultures and the erasure of individuality during World War II.
Kay Sekimachi and Family Traditions
Lesson: Students will take inspiration from Sekimachi and write a short essay on the cultures, celebrations, and traditions that represent them. They will then create a poster, slideshow, or video that illustrate your essay.
Kay Sekimachi: Oral History
Lesson: Interview a grandparent, parent, guardian, or community member about their childhood, immigration story, family traditions or celebrations.
Students will practice close looking and writing skills through crafting poems inspired by Chiura Obata’s natural landscapes.