Donna Jo Napoli–East of the Sun

Our guest this week is none other than YA Fantasy author Donna Jo Napoli. Napoli is best known for her stunning retellings of classic stories such as Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. She has set her stories in countries from Persia to Ireland, from Italy to Germany. She is a professor of linguistics, […]

The Far East–East of the Sun

Welcome to the first week of East of the Sun! This week we are exploring the Far East. Countries included in the Far East include China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Japan, and Korea. These countries are vastly different from each other, and even within a single country, multiple cultures co-exist. China is especially rich in cultural […]

June 21st, 1900 – The Chinese Boxer Rebellion Declares War!

The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement was an anti-imperialist uprising which took place in China towards the end of the Qing dynasty between 1899 and 1901. It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the “Boxers,” and was motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and opposition to foreign imperialism […]

Fireworks!

With the fourth of July just recently behind us I’m sure we’re all still obsessing about the most important aspect of the holiday—Fireworks! Who doesn’t like loud, explosive objects that throw colored sparks into the air? They like them so much, in fact, that inventing them seemed to be the obvious thing to do in […]

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