Laurie Lawlor:  Curriculum Connections

Other Resources Related to the Korean Experience

Questions to Discuss

  • The family felt a lot of prejudicial treatment in Hawaii. Cite some examples of treatment that was prejudicial.

  • Why do you think the family moved to California? Were their reasons valid? Did their move accomplish what they wanted to accomplish with the move?

  • How did life change for the family once they moved to California? Did their life improve? Change in what way? Was life in California better than in Korea, or in Hawaii? Better or just different?

  • Do you think the family would want to return to Korea? Hawaii?

  • What do you think the girls will be doing ten years after the book ends?

  • Would you have wanted to be friends with the girls? Why? Or Why Not?

  • If you had lived in California (or in Hawaii) at the same time that Su-Na, Jae-Mi, and Hi-Jong lived there, how would you have helped them to adjust to life in their new country?

Response Activities

  • Interview a new immigrant to this country to find out if prejudicial treatment of immigrants still exist, especially Asian immigrants. Are there other groups that are discriminated against in the present day environment?

  • Read Peacebound Train by Haemi Balgassi, and illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet. Would this story, set in Korea, have taken place before or after Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905.

  • Read about other immigrants who have come to the United States and then discuss how their experiences are similar to or different from the experiences of Su-Na, Jae-Mi, and Hi-Jong. Are the differences a function of the time period, the cultural background of the immigrants, or what?

    Other Books with an immigration theme:

    • Aliki. Marianthe's Story: Painted Words/Spoken Memories. Greenwillow, 1998.

    • Bunting, Eve. A Picnic in October. Harcourt, 1999.

    • Kurtz, Jane. Faraway Home. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Harcourt, 2000.

    • Lee, Marie G. F is for Fabuloso. Avon, 1999. (novel)

    • Levitin, Sonia. Dream Freedom. Harcourt, 2000. (YA novel)

    • Lynch, Chris. Gold Dust. HarperCollins, 2000.(YA novel)

    • McKay, Lawrence, Jr. Journey Home. Lee & Low, 2000

    • Rosenberg, Lis. The Silence in the Mountains. Orchard, 1999.

    • Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. Scholastic, 2000. (novel)

    • Weiss, Nicki. The World Turns Round and Round. Greenwillow, 2000.

    • Booklist -- Children's Immigration Book List -- Seattle Public Library.

    Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905. (2001) Minstrel® Pocket Books. ISBN: 0671039253; (2002) paperback ISBN: 0743436318. American Sisters Series. 208 pg. Historical Fiction.

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