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Osher @ the J: “No-No Boy”

The rediscovery story of John Okada’s 1957 novel “No-No Boy” — how young Asian American writers urged a new audience to recognize the book’s importance and launched its journey from obscurity to canonical work in Asian American literature.

In the early 1970s, Shawn Wong and a group of young Asian American writers discovered the novel, “No-No Boy” by John Okada, in a used bookstore for fifty cents. Originally published in 1957, it had not sold out 15 years later. No one had read it and the author had died believing his novel was rejected and forgotten. Wong will share the rediscovery story of “No-No Boy” — how young Asian American writers urged a new audience to recognize the book’s importance and launched its journey from obscurity to canonical work in Asian American literature.

Speaker: Shawn Wong’s first novel, “Homebase,” won a Washington State Governor’s Writers Day Award and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His second novel, “American Knees,” was made into a film. Among Wong’s six other books is the landmark anthology, “Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers,” a collection largely credited as the first to showcase Asian American literature. He was featured in the Bill Moyers documentary “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.” Currently, Wong is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington where, for the last 35 years, he has taught courses in fiction writing, screenwriting, Asian American literature, Chinese-American history, plus courses in travel writing at the UW campus in Rome, Italy.

*Please feel free to bring your own lunch 

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.

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Shavuot Cheesecake Making Class 

Decadent + delicious classic and flavored cheesecakes for the holiday, taught by Rachel Almaleh.

Celebrate Shavuot, that delightful and dairy-delicious holiday, with classic and flavored cheesecakes. We’ll talk about why it’s a tradition to eat dairy on this holiday while prepping a cheesecake to eat afterwards and/or take home. Join us for this hands-on, all-levels class taught by chef Rachel Almaleh, author of the cookbook, “A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes.”

Tickets:
Adults: $35
Students: $25
Seniors (65+): $25
J Members: $25
Children (Under 13): $15

COMING TO THE EVENT:

• Doors/Box office opens 30 minutes before show time.
• Group Rate 12+: $2 off per ticket.
• No refunds or exchanges.
• $2 ticket processing fees except current J members. To remove, click “redeem benefits.”

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Contact: Boxoffice@sjcc.org | 206.388.0833

 

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Osher @ the J: The Power of Place

Explore how our total environment affects the depth and quality of our lives, and where various artistic movements have sprung up–and why.

Explore how our total environment affects the depth and quality of our lives. We will look into where attendees have lived and traveled to, their hometowns, their job sites, where they live now, and how their specific dwelling place, local neighborhood and greater town or city all contribute deeply to who they are and what they are experiencing at this moment of their life. We will also look at where various artistic movements have sprung up—and why. Attendees will never look at place the same again.  This talk will utilize concepts and writings from Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Henry David Thoreau, and the book Getting Back Into Place by Edward S. Casey.

Speaker: Jake is a faculty member of the English Department at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He has taught English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and classes on World Religions/Spiritual Thought for colleges in Florida and New York.  In addition, Jake was the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Modern Nomad magazine.  He also leads contemplative retreats at spiritual and religious centers throughout the U.S.  His work as a journalist, student of world religions, and retreat leader has led him to 30 countries and 48 states.  He has had several books published by presses in the U.S. and Canada, including Blue Collar Nomad, Nomadic Devotion, Falling onto the Ground, and A Wandering Train to Now.  Jake has a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A. in Writing and Consciousness Studies. 

*Please feel free to bring your own lunch 

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.

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Virtual SJCC: Meditation for Parents of Teens During Times of Uncertainty

A virtual space for parents of teenagers to come together to decompress from family stresses and to feel more connected to themselves, led by Mindfulness Instructor Blair Carleton.

During this challenging time of COVID-19 where we cannot connect in person, the Stroum JCC wants to provide a virtual space for parents of teenagers to come together to decompress from family stresses and  to feel more connected to themselves and learn how to deal with stressful situations. Parents can participate to the extent they feel comfortable. No one has to share anything they don’t want to.

About the Instructor:
Blair Carleton is a Mindfulness Instructor, Recovery Coach, and, most important, a mother of three.  She teaches at the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and is on the faculty of Recovery Café.  She also teaches in schools, prisons, work release programs, and for The Benji Project, a Port Townsend non-profit.  In addition to her private practice, she leads courses, training workshops and retreats on mindfulness/meditation, self-compassion, shame resilience, among many other topics.

Blair received her Teacher Training from the University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, her Recovery Coach training through the State of Washington, and her BA from Yale University.   You can see more on her website.

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