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Author Cathy Bao Bean Coming to Mountain Lakes Library on 3/17

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Mountain Lakes Recreation in Coordination with the NJ Council for the Humanities is proud to present Author Cathy Bao Bean who will be giving talk entitled “Living and Laughing By The Chopsticks-Fork Principle” on Friday March 17th, 12:45pm at the Mountain Lakes Library.  This program is part of the 55+Lakers Speaker series, however it is open to all Mountain Lakes residents.

In the Author’s own words…

With delight and good humor I encourage people to realize and understand (and laugh about!) how we are all at least bi-cultural (by ethnicity, gender, generation, status, wealth, etc.) in a way that shatters stereotypes but explains the generalizations. And I do this by making the “familiar” and “foreign” into each other and by telling personal stories about ordinary events that raise extraordinary cultural questions – such as:

  • Can the Tooth Fairy survive the Melting Pot or Monkey King live on Kentucky Fried Chicken?
  • Can you fail or succeed simultaneously in two cultures?
  • What difference does it make to your brain whether English or Chinese/Japanese/Korean was your first language?
  • What happens when you have a sub-conscious but your (grand)mother doesn’t?
  • How do you say ‘I love you’ in America? Everywhere else?
  • How do your several Selves morph from Asian Traditionalist into Western Modernist and back?
  • How do people reach a decision – by consensus? voting? power/status?

This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please direct questions about the event to: Audrey Lane: alane@mtnlakes.org. (973) 334-3131 x2004