A Simple Story about History…and Courage

By Dovie Thomason Story Summary: Dovie weaves history within her narratives to engage listeners in the context of her life experiences as Native American. What happens when a narrative is described both as “massacre” and “victory”? Are we responsible for…

We Don’t Match: Experiences of a Transracial Adoptive Family

By Cindy Rivka Marshall Story Summary: A transracial, non-traditional family (two white women with one biological child and one adopted child who was born in China) have dealt with many rude questions and often have not been perceived as a…

A Jewish Woman and Her German Friend

By Cindy Rivka Marshall Story Summary: Cindy is an American Jewish college student studying in Paris when she meets Sabine, a German student. Their friendship feels almost illicit in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust. How does…

Tales – and Conversations – from Beyond the Ban

By Milbre Burch Story Summary: A college teacher learns traditional tales to advocate for international students whose countries have been targeted by an anti-Muslim travel ban. Interviewing the students about the tales they grew up hearing uncovers images that help…

Be Human – Find the George Within You!

By Sadika Kebbi Story Summary: Sadika witnessed the Lebanese civil war. The atrocities and the horrors can change a human being into a monster. Is there any hope for tolerance, love and forgiveness after such an experience? “Uncle George” made…

Spark Matsunaga: U.S. Senator and Warrior Poet

By Alton Takiyama-Chung Story Summary: Spark Matsunaga was a member of the 100th Battalion in WWII. He was elected to be a U.S. Senator from Hawaii and spearheaded the Redress Act through the Senate compensating Japanese Americans who were incarcerated…

Chinese Immigrants Help Complete the Transcontinental Railroad

By Alton Takiyama-Chung Story Summary: Two young men leave China and voyage to Gam Saan, Gold Mountain (San Francisco), America in 1850. They become two of the 12,000 Chinese who are hired by to help complete the first Transcontinental Railroad…

Cielito Lindo, Lovely Piece of Heaven: A Bully Tale

By Leeny Del (del Castillo) Seamonds Story Summary: After years of being bullied in school and teased, especially by her sister, Leeny’s Cuban grandmother teaches her a song and a Spanish phrase that changes Leeny’s perspective on beauty and, therefore,…