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Explore the connections between South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Northwest literature. Local authors Sonora Jha and Peter Bacho will you lead you on this boundarycrossing literary tour. For writers, what effective methods can we learn from works that deftly tackle subjects like immigration, identity, and globalization? For readers, this class will introduce you to recent literature from these important world regions. Teachers will learn how to incorporate South and Southeast Asian literary materials into classroom curricula. All who appreciate diverse storytelling and global literature are welcome.
This class is presented in partnership with, and subsidized by, the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies, South Asia Center, and Southeast Asia Center.
Sonora Jha is a professor of journalism at Seattle University and author of the novel Foreign. Her recent political essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Globalist. Sonora was a 2016-2018 Hugo House writer-in-residence.
Peter Bacho teaches at the Evergreen State College’s Tacoma campus. He is the author of six books. His novel CEBU won an American Book Award. His collection of short stories Dark Blue Suit won the Murray Morgan Award and a Washington Governor’s Writers Award. His nonfiction book Boxing in Black and White was listed in the top 100 books of 1999 by the Center for Children’s Books. Columns, the UW alumni magazine, listed CEBU as one of the top 100 books by a UW-affiliated author from 1906 to 2006. His YA novel Leaving Yesler was shortlisted in February 2011 by Seattle Picks, Seattle Public Library librarians.