Itas not easy being an Asian American in China, where residents of big cities believe that Asians, including those born and raised in English-speaking countries, are not qualified to teach English. In a country of 1.3 billion people where studying English is as popular as having the latest electronic gadget, this can be a huge problem. Author Jada Tan Rufo, descended from a Chinese immigrant who took a Filipino name when he came to the United States, takes up the challenge to teach in the country of her ancestors. Her detailed memoir Banana Girl takes readers on a journey throughout China, describing the lowsasuch as working for a corrupt and inept bossa to the highs, the time she spends with her eager young students and the chance to travel inside the beautiful country. The vast nation incorporates 55 recognized minorities in addition to the Han majority, each with its own language and identity. During her free time, Jada explores Chinaas wonders, walking along the Great Wall, visiting the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and riding camels in Inner Mongolia. It is her work with her students, however, that will define Jadaas experience. Although she may be a cultural banana, falling into the Asian American way of thinking of herself as looking yellow on the outside and white on the inside, Jada leaves an indelible impression on the students and fellow teachers whose lives intersected with hers. In Banana Girl, she freely shares the frustration, joy and laughter experienced during her time in China.While in Shanghai at Toys R Us, I had purchased some sticker letters that I wanted to stick on my studentsa#39; stockings. ... When Christmas arrived, these caps would be taken down and filled with stuffers, which I still had to make. ... Besides asking my guests to bring some snacks, I also wanted something that would reflect a meal reminiscent of a Hawaiian feast. ... as I had for my Thanksgiving meal, but instead of purchasing roast chicken, I marinated some chicken in a teriyaki sauce.
|Author||:||Jada Tan Rufo|
|Publisher||:||Dog Ear Publishing - 2015-06-23|