Listen`in (Defunct Proposal to the CBC) – Selections from Upcoming Book Stories in Red and Yellow

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Paul da Silva and Donna Kakonge Worked on a Creative Concept Called Listen'in - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Paul da Silva and Donna Kakonge Worked on a Creative Concept Called Listen’in – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

A proposal for a thirteen part series exploring issues of race,

culture, and identity. The series will provide a forum for discussions on these topical issues through a Documentary approach as well as through discussions in an informal, and relaxed setting amongst people who are both well informed and passionate about these issues. The setting could be in a community, a cultural setting.


Program host will introduce subject and participants who will briefly

state their position/bias on the subject. This will be followed by a five-minute

documentary to contextualize the follow. The host’s role will be to guide the

discussion where necessary. Their intent is to allow the viewers to feel that

they are “listening in” to spirited but non-confrontational discussions on

controversial subjects which are at the top of the public agenda in North


At the end of the program, a list of books and films will be provided

to allow the viewer to further their explorations in the subject from a

variety of points of view.


1.  The New Face of Racism

2.  Multi-culturalism: Good or Bad Policy

3.  Cultural Appropriation

4.  Immigration

5.  Media/Images Which Enforce Racism

6.  Aboriginal Rights

7.  The Threatened White Male

8.  Inter-Marriage

9.  Skin Colour/Identity

10. Equity/Affirmative Action

11. Redress and Compensation

12. The New Cultural Mix

13. Parallel Structures: schools, media and business

14. Blacks and Jews

15. The Cultural/Religious Fundamentalists

16. Afrocentricism

17. Eurocentrism

18. Youth Attitudes – The Future

19. The Fear of the Other – Psychology of Racism

20. Where It Works – Success Stories of Reformed Racists

Resource List:

“We are not the Savages”

-recommended book that states that Aboriginal people were not the

conquered people


“The more you don’t talk about it … the more it becomes a time bomb.”

–Don Peuranak, senior producer Disability Network

“I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being – neither white, black, brown, or red.”

–Malcolm X

“I believe there are some sincere white people. But I think they should prove


–Malcolm X

“The sight of freedom looming on the horizon should encourage us to redouble our efforts.”

–Nelson Mandela

“It is the mind that makes the body.”

–Sojourner Truth

Anon. Let’s Stop Racism: Teachers’ Guide-secondary grades.     Department of Canadian Heritage: Hull, Que., 1995.

The guide explains racism, peer mediation, harassment, and violence prevention.

Bao Lord, Bette and Marc Simont, illus. Harper & Row: New York,      1984.

The story takes place after WWII. Shirley Temple Wong moves to the U.S.A. after her father requests her and her family to come over. She experiences racism. Shirley works hard to be accepted. Her version of the pledge of allegiance is: “I pledge a lesson to the frog of the United States of America and to the wee puppet for witches’ hands. One Asian, in the vestibule, with little tea and just rice for all.”

Bargar, Gary W. Life.Is.Not.Fair. Clarion Books: New York, 1984.

A story about Louis Lamb and DeWitt Clauson trying to find fairness in an unfair world. The story opens with a black family the Clausons moving into a predominantly white neighbourhood. Louis Lamb and his Aunt Zona watch in shock as they move in. Shows how racism and prejudice in the late 1950s was hard on blacks. Also shows how friendships should be stronger than prejudices.

Bartoletti Campbell, Susan and David Ray, illus. Silver at Night. Crown Publishers Inc.: New York, 1994.

Massimino emigrates from Italy to work in thecoal mines of tun-of-the-century America and slowly saves enough silver to pay the passage of his fiancee.

Birch, Beverley. A Question of Race. A Macdonald Book: London,       1985.

Discusses teaching radism, Nazis and positive discrimination. Also includes information about films.

Buchignani, Norman and Joan Engel. Cultures in Canada: Strength in Diversity. Weigl Educational Publishers: Edmonton, 1984.

The different cultures sin Canada and traditions. Including living with differences and hstorical overview of immigration.

Friedman, Ina R. and Allen Say, illus. How My Parents Learned to       Eat. Houghton Mifflin: Boston, 1984.

Story from a little girl’s perspective. She explains why some days she uses silverware and other days she uses chopsticks. The story revolves around how her parents met in Japan and were afraid to share a meal because of their different cultures and utensils. Shows dfferences in culture and traditions.

Genessee, Fred, ed. Educating Second Language Children. Cambridge         University Press: New York, 1994.

It goes beyond language teching methodology to cover a wide range of issues affecting academic and social success of language minority children.

Hansen, Joyce. The Gift Giver. Clarion Books: New York, 1980.

Doris is 10 years old and lives with her family in a ghetto. She becomes friends with a new boy, Amir in the neighbourhood. At first Doris doesn’t understand Amir, as they become better friends he helps her understand people better and how to deal with problems. Introduces issues of class and also different cultural friendship.

Hays, Scott. Life Issues: Racism. Marshall Cavendish: New York,        1994.

Book ranges on different discussions of racism – from ethnic pride to racism in sports and to hate groups.

Heo, Yumi. Father’s Rubber Shoes. Orchard Books: New York, 1995.

Yungsu misses Korea terribly until he beings to make friends in America.

Locke, Don C. Increasing Multicultural Understanding: a    comprehiensive model. Sage Publications: Newbury Park, 1992.

Sections on cross-cultural understanding by culture.

Kandoian, Ellen. Is Anybody Up? G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York, 1989.

Molly wakes up in the morning and wonders if anybody else is up. Little does she know that there are many people in the same time zone busy making breakfast. A woman in Baffin Bay, a boy in Quebec, a cat in New York City, her grandmother in Miami, and a girl in Haiti are all making breakfast. The book shows what different people have for breakfast.

Laird, Elizabeth. Kiss the Dust. Heinemann: London, 1991.

Tara’s life is turned upside down when her father’s involvment with the Kurdish resistane movement becomes known to the Iraqi Secret Police. The family eventually flees to London.

Landsdown, Brenda and Ernest Crichlow, illus. Galumph. Houghton      Mifflin: Boston, 1976.

Story of an orange cat who has several owners, each from a different culture. Cat gets different names. Galumph – African-American; Gattina – Italian; Mimita – Puerto Rican; Sunset – Native American. In the end the book shows that there is room enough for everyone and promotes cultural diversity and awareness.

McColley, Kevin. The Walls of Pedro Garcia. Delacorte Press: New      York, 1993.

Twelve year old Pedro who work with hsi grandfather on the estate of a rich man in Mexico, seeks to prove his strength and manhood by forcing a confrontation with the head groundsman.

Mendez, Phil and Carole Byard, illus. The Black Snowman.         Scholastic: New York, 1989.

Hundreds of years later from the Kente cloth, a black boy named Jacob, his mother and little brother live in the city. Jacob and  his brother go outside to make a black snowman from the dirty snow. They find Kente cloth in the trash that they drape around the snowman. Jacob learns to feel proud ofhis culture.

Meredith, Susan and Annabel Spenceley and Kuo Kang Chen, illus. Why      Are Peoople Different? ????

Information on learning to fit in, where people come from, and people’s beliefs.

Milford, Susan. Hands Around the World: 365 Creative Ways to Build   Cultural Awareness and Global Respect. Willimson Publishing:        Charlotte, Vermont, 1992.

Presents a variety of games and other activities to promote awareness of different cultures around the world.

Milios, Rita. Working Together Against Racism. The Rosen Publishing   Group, 1995.

Looks at organizing against racism, what you can do about it, and the roots of racism.

Moss, Marissa. In America. Dutton Children’s Books: New York, 1994.

While Walter and his grandfather walk to the post office, grandfather recounts how he decided to ocme to American, while his brother Herschel, stayed in Lithuania.

Parry Heide, Florence and Judith Heide Gilliland, and Ted Lewin,         illus. The Day of Ahmed’s Secret. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard: New        York, 1990.

Story is told in first person by Ahmed, a 12 year old boy form Cairo, Egypt who has taken on hsi elderly father’s job of delivering “butagaz” (containers of butane gas) to people in the city. The shows Ahmed’s deep respect for his father. Also shows how children even from another culture are similar in many ways.

Sevela, Ephraim and Antonina W. Bouis, translation. We Were Not      Like Other People. Harper & Row Publishers: New York, 1989.

Seperated from his family when the Germans invade Russia during WWII, a young boy learns to fend for himslef and earn a living whenever and however he can.

Singh (Moni) Minhas, Manmohan. The Sikh Canadians. Reidmore Books       Inc.: Edmonton, 1994.

An overview of the Sikh people in Canada. It also explains differences between Hindus and Muslims.

Spier, Peter. People. Doubleday: New York, 1980.

The theme is a celebration of people and their differences. The book describes people who live in this world, their physical features and clothes, culture, language, food, and religion.

Stanek, Muriel and Judith Friedman, illus. I Speak English for My        Mom. Albert Whitman & Co.: 1989.

Lupe and her mother Rosa live in chicago where they moved after Lupe’s father died. Lupe speaks English and Spanish, but her mother only speaks Spanish. Lupe has to translate for her mother all thetime even when she would rather play. Story shows the importance of the English language, relationship between kids and parents and second language issues.

Stock, Catherine. Emma’s Dragon Hunt. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books:      New York, 1984.

Emma’s grandfather, newly arrived from China, introduces her to the power of dragons.

Stolz, Mary and Pat Cummings, illus. Storm in the Night. Harper &      Row Publishers: 1988.

While sitting through a fearsome thunderstorm that has put the lights out, Thomas hears a story from grandfather’s boyhood, when grandfather was afraid of thunderstorms.

Taylor, Mildred D. and Max Ginsburg, illus. The Friendship. Dial   Books: New York, 1987.

Story around Cassie Logan and her three brothers and their neighbour Mr. Tom Bee. Characters are all black and live in a prejudiced Missippi town. They have a run-in with a white store-owner. The book shows what it’s like to deal with discrimination and the segregated south of 1933.

Taylor, Mildred D. and Michael Hays, illus. The Gold Cadillac. Dial        Books: New York, 1987.

The story is told by a little girl about her mother, father, sister and a gold cadillac. Her father drives the ca on a family trip to Mississippi, explaining to his children the discrimination they experience n the way. Also discusses the old South, how parents can deal with discrimination.

Wallace, Ian. Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. Douglas &    McIntyre: Vancouver, 1984.

Chin Chiang dreamed of dancing the dragon’s dance. In the year of the Dragon, his dream was to come true.

Yarbrough, Camille and Carole Byard, illus. Cornrows. Coward-   McCann: New York, 1979.

Focuses on the significance of hairstyle in the history of Afircan people, mother and grandmother tell story of hair braiding.

Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. Penguin Books: New York, 1985.

Chibi is a small boy who lives in a Japanese village. Chibi is different, he is called names. His worth is eventually discovered.

Yee, Paul and Simon Ng, illus. Tales from Gold Mountain: stories of     the Chinese in the New World. Douglas & McIntyre: Vancouver,   1989.

The collection is based on the tumultuous and brave history of Chinese immigrants to Canada. Eight stories that describe the rough life of chinese immigrants and frontier life.

These are selections from the upcoming book – Stories in Red and Yellow by Donna Kakonge that can be bought at:

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