This Exhibition brings together a number of AACLAP resources that highlight the importance of accessories and/or ornaments which sometimes play important or pivotal roles in festivals, entertainments and/or mythologies pertinent to a number of Asian countries, regions or cultures. Two journal articles are included which provide different ways of looking at some of the focus texts of this Exhibition.
Although not mentioned in the title of this Exhibition, firecrackers once played an important role in festival celebrations but less so in recent years due to safety concerns. However, professionally organised and managed fireworks continue to be popular.
Clare Bradford discusses a number of picture books and a junior novel in which the narratives are structured around interactions between Asian-Australian children and their grandparents; Grandpa and Ah Gong (Xiangyi Mo and Morag Loh, 1995), Old Magic (Alan Baillie, 1996), Grandpa's Mask (Di Wu and Jing Jing Guo, 2001), What a Mess Fang Fang! (Sally Rippin, 1998). She proposes that these texts provide an opportunity to introduce 'ideas around change, continuity and cultural meanings' to young readers through their specific focus on 'the everyday experiences of growing up in a multicultural society' (36).(...more)
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