A webinar with graphic novelist Shing Yin Khor: "Drawing from Forest History: Using Forest History As Source Material"

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Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
June 8, 2022
Location: 
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Literature

Shing Yin Khor is an award-winning graphic novelist who uses primary and secondary sources to inform their work. Their National Book Award finalist graphic novel, The Legend of Auntie Po, drew upon materials about the mythic figure Paul Bunyan to tell how a 12-year-old Chinese American camp cook uses Paul Bunyan stories (reinvented as an elderly Chinese matriarch named Auntie Po) in a Sierra Nevada logging camp to entertain herself. Join Shing Yin to talk about making graphic novels, adapting W. B. Laughead's Paul Bunyan drawings and stories, integrating forest history research into historical fiction, and telling stories about Chinese-American contributions to forest history.

Shing Yin Khor is a Malaysian-American cartoonist and experience designer making stories about immigrants trying to find a home in nostalgic Americana. Shing’s middle-grade historical fiction graphic novel The Legend of Auntie Po is a National Book Award finalist and Eisner Award nominee, and their graphic novel about driving that famous highway, The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, was one of NPR's best books of 2019. 

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