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Celebrating Diversity: Multicultural Picture Books

Celebrating Diversity: Multicultural Picture Books
Lecture with Shih-Wen Sue Chen Talks / Lecture

Pictured: Shih-Wen Sue Chen
7 November 2019, 6.00pm-7.00pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


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Think about the children’s books that you see on the shelves of Australian bookstores. How many of these books provide insight into non-Western cultures? How many are translations?

Multicultural books are important because they can provide windows into other cultures and introduce readers to new ideas while helping readers from under-represented groups see themselves reflected in literature.

In this lecture, Shih-Wen Sue Chen will highlight a range of multicultural picture books that celebrate cultural diversity. She will focus on the relationship between word and image and how the verbal and the visual elements work together to produce a dynamic story.

Shih-Wen Sue Chen is a Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. She received her PhD in Literature, Screen and Theatre Studies from the Australian National University. Her research focuses on British and Chinese children's literature and culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. In 2017, she was a National Library of Australia Fellow, working on her book manuscript Children’s Literature and Transnational Knowledge in Modern China: Education, Religion, and Childhood, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2019. She is also the author of Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851-1911 (Routledge, 2013). She has extensive experience in teaching literary studies and children’s literature to university students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds, having taught at the ANU, University of Canberra, National Tsing Hua University, Tamkang University, and the University of British Columbia.

Image: Shih-Wen Sue Chen