January – Chinese New Year
What is 6th cousin’s nickname?
Discussion: p. 2
Confucianism: Children must wait until invited to speak.
Bandit doesn’t play ‘pick-up-sticks’ – she plays ‘pick-up-what?’
What is the name of the servant in Bandit’s family?
A: Awaiting Marriage
What did Bandit do that might bring bad luck for 365 days?
A: She broke a piece of crockery during New Year’s.
What is the nickname of Ninth Cousin (the baby of the clan)?
A: Precious Coins
Discussion: p. 13
Chinese perception of America: foreign.
The Year of the Boar would bring travel, adventure, and double happiness.
Before her journey to America, Bandit received a new name – an American name. Not “Uncle Sam” but “Shirley Temple” Wong. Who was Shirley Temple?
A: (show kids pics/video…)
February – A Journey of Ten Thousand Miles
How many letters did Bandit/Shirley’s mother send to her husband to make sure he was able to meet them in the U.S.?
What kind of job does Shirley’s father have in the States?
A: he’s an engineer (what’s that? explain…)
After travelling to the U.S. by ship – what mode of transportation do Shirley and her mother use next to reach her father?
A: they travel by train (all the way across the U.S.)
[might show ‘em a map - from Chungking to S.F. to Brooklyn]
Shirley knows Brooklyn/New York/the USA as Mei Guo, which means…?
A: Beautiful Country
Discussion: p. 28
What Shirley missed in Brooklyn. Cf. Chungking/Brooklyn.
bicycles, rickshaws, mules, carts, peddlers, farmer’s stalls
Cf. kitchen – p. 30
hanging pots, hams, woodpile, soot, Kitchen God
“In America, the wife cooks.”
a stove! a washing machine!
a bicycle w/ 3 wheels
noodles out of a can
When Shirley gets to her apartment in Brooklyn, she discovers many, many things are different than in China. What is it that will mean that her mother will only have to market once a week?
A: a fridge – which they call an “ice box”
When Shirley’s father first shows them the washing machine and how it works – Shirley thinks it’s for washing…what?
To prove to her father that she can survive alone in Brooklyn, Shirley ventures out to buy her father…what?
A: cigarettes (Lucky Strike)
November – Moon Cakes Without Grandfather
What reminded the Wong Family to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival?
A: Grandfather sent moon cakes.
Expliquez Grandfather’s tale of the Filial Daughter? a toughie
December – A Star-Spangled Christmas
What part did Shirley play in the school play?
A: a turkey
Mrs. Garibaldi helped Shirley w/ the feet for her turkey costume. What did she use for turkey feet?
A: rubber flippers
Who was elected to represent the 6th grade at the Christmas Assembly?
A: Emily Levy
Who did Shirley get to meet at the Christmas Assembly?
A: Jackie Robinson!
Shirley can not grow up to become President of the United States – but her younger brother can. Why/why not?
A: Shirley was born in China, but her brother was born in the USA
For Shirley Temple Wong, what year was “the year of double happiness”
A: the Year of the Boar – 1947