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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadens the conversation about teaching and learning, December 11, 1997
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This review is from: My Trouble is My English: Asian Students and the American Dream (Paperback)
The first chapter of this book offers a dual lens of this Chinese
author struggling to comprehend how her American peers
read literature. For example, they want to discuss minor

themes or political issues instead of plot. Later, when the

author enrolls in a graduate school of education program,

her lens broadens more, as she observes another philosophy

of teaching which emphasizes students making their own meaning

based on experiences and feelings, rather than stressing the sexuality

of the characters in the book, or other seemingly irrelevant issues.

Fu's observations offer American readers much insight into some of the problems
often found in schools. Her book should be read by teachers and advanced

students as a means to learn more about how American culture affects learners

who are not native, as well as ones who are.

My only criticism is that the subsequent chapters sometimes seemed redundant.

They focus on Fu's study of four ESL students from Laos, who are often marginalized

by their silence. This is an important book, one I predict will be widely read and discussed

in the education field.
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