Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission
For Gim Lew Yep, it takes a lot to get to know his father; it takes moving across an ocean and passing the hardest test of his life. In honor of our exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, we will meet to discuss this classic work of historical fiction about the Angel Island immigration experience. Joining us will be the exhibition’s lead curator, Marci Reaven, and assistant curator, Cynthia Lee. Not only will they answer participants’ questions, they’ll also lead a brief tour of the exhibition following book discussion!
About The Dragon’s Child
Laurence Yep and his niece, historian Kathleen Yep, weave a story about Gim Lew Yep, a ten-year-old boy who must immigrate to America with his father in 1922 through Angel Island, based on Mr. Yep’s father’s own story. To prepare for his experience at Angel Island, the anxious young Gim Lew must memorize every little detail about his home, his family, and his neighborhood. Readers will root for Gim Lew to make it through his experience and will confront issues of identity through the immigration process. “…the authors’ smooth narration vividly evokes the past and its inhabitants.” (Kirkus)
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Donna Jo Napoli, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.