A Public Service Announcement! ;)

A Public Service Announcement! ;)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CBLDF Announces Japanese Ban on *Barefoot Gen* Lifted!

'Tis a happy day in the Land of the Rising Sun and for all advocates of free choice when it comes to reading in public schools! Click here for more details.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BAREFOOT GEN Pulled from Japanese Primary, Middle School System

The excellent manga Barefoot Gen has been removed from shelves in primary and middle schools in Matsue, Japan. While teachers can still teach the text, it appears students will no longer be able to find the book in library stacks. Read the CBLDF press release on the subject here.

I wrote the rationale for this graphic novel's use in classrooms for the Teaching Rationales for Graphic Novels ebook/CD-rom project published  through Maupin House. I feel strongly that Barefoot Gen is an important text worthy of study and which should be accessible to all readers. I hope the school officials reconsider their decision, which was based on the book's portrayal of Japanese troops, apparently.

I was approached by a Japanese public television show to do an interview on the importance of this text and using it in classes. I couldn't commit due to my move to Washington, but now I wish I could have found the time.