Exploring Asian Voices

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Exploring Asian Voices explores literary and media texts suitable for Asian Studies within the secondary English Curriculum. Texts about Asian places, people, events and traditions give historical information as well as how their culture has been represented over time. Asian poets, writers and film makers often examine issues of migration, exile or the refugee experience and the traumatic emotional impact it can have on those who experience it first-hand. Similarly, Asian memoirs, autobiographies and diaries frequently deal with the hardships of coping with war, poverty and social injustice. The voices that are heard can be confronting but are often also inspirational in their desire to promote social and cultural reform and freedom.

Cultural adjustment and assimilation problems are other recurring themes in many Asian texts. This is not surprising with estimates that as many as twenty million Asian migrants have left their homelands to settle elsewhere. Studying such texts deepens historical and cultural familiarity and builds empathy through identification with often youthful protagonists. They can also increase student appreciation for virtues such as resilience, courage and determination in overcoming physical, cultural and language barriers. The rich literary history and diversity of Asian texts offer students many opportunities to broaden their learning and communication skills.

Also available from our website, Exploring Asian Voices 2 (ISBN: 9781921586750).



Social Reformers

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • Malala Yousafzai


  • Writing  a Poetry Analysis
  • Japan
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • China

Life Writing

  • Autobiography and Memoir
  • Chinese Cinderella – Autobiography
  • Little Daughter – Memoir
  • Hiroshima Hibakusha Stories

Picture Books and Fairy Tales

  • Exploring Picture Books
  • My Hiroshima
  • Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Ye Xian
  • Japanese Folk Tales
  • The Grateful Crane
  • The White Crane


  • Little Brother
  • The China Coin


  • Film Study Skills
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Bride and Prejudice

Responding and Composing

  • Life-writing and Non-fiction Texts
  • True Blue
  • My China
More Information
Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2014
ISBN 9781921586705
Subject English