Asian Perspectives in Fiction

Fiction titles to support the Australian Curriculum's cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia. Many titles are supported by teachers notes and are available from one or more of our Tceo school libraries. Also a number of them are refugee stories.
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While Coco slept far away, the sun crept up slowly behind a hill, leaping whole countries, chasing the night. (Book cover)

While Coco slept far away, the sun crept up slowly behind a hill, leaping whole countries, chasing the night. (Book cover)

Our Village in the sky is a fascinating and evocative glimpse of what life is like for the children living in a small Himalayan village. Boys and girls of all ages are depicted as they go about their daily tasks, each performing a task which is simple yet vitally important to village life.

Our Village in the sky is a fascinating and evocative glimpse of what life is like for the children living in a small Himalayan village. Boys and girls of all ages are depicted as they go about their daily tasks, each performing a task which is simple yet vitally important to village life.

A classic, heartwarming tale by a bestselling Chinese author.

A classic, heartwarming tale by a bestselling Chinese author.

The samurai kids are finally back in Japan. But not at their ryu in the Tateyama Mountains. Instead, Sensei has taken them to the snowy lands of Ezo - the place of his birth. The place where Sensei must face his demons and right the terrible wrong that has tormented him.

The samurai kids are finally back in Japan. But not at their ryu in the Tateyama Mountains. Instead, Sensei has taken them to the snowy lands of Ezo - the place of his birth. The place where Sensei must face his demons and right the terrible wrong that has tormented him.

Ancient China, Han Dynasty. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not yet over. Danger stalks them. Ping must find Kai a safe home. But how? When a hidden message from Danzi makes the way clear, Ping knows that once again the journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.

Ancient China, Han Dynasty. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not yet over. Danger stalks them. Ping must find Kai a safe home. But how? When a hidden message from Danzi makes the way clear, Ping knows that once again the journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.

Wishbones, magic fishbones that make every dream come true... From south of the clouds comes this oriental fable, weaving riches and sorrows into the enchanted tales of a golden-eyed fish, a lost slipper and a king's search for his bride.

Wishbones, magic fishbones that make every dream come true... From south of the clouds comes this oriental fable, weaving riches and sorrows into the enchanted tales of a golden-eyed fish, a lost slipper and a king's search for his bride.

The little wild sparrow journeys south through the lush rice paddies of India, across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, his world meets with Edie's and her life changes in a most surprising way. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK because it reminds us that we should all enjoy life, freedom and safety. (Book cover)

The little wild sparrow journeys south through the lush rice paddies of India, across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, his world meets with Edie's and her life changes in a most surprising way. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK because it reminds us that we should all enjoy life, freedom and safety. (Book cover)

One day, an extra-large egg rolls right into Mother Duck's nest. Her hatchlings include a yellow duckling; one with blue spots; another with brown stripes; and a rather unusual, crocodile-shaped youngster, named after his first words. Guji Guji grows bigger and stronger than his siblings (and more crocodilelike), but Mother loves all her offspring the same. When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji's ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he is put to the test…

One day, an extra-large egg rolls right into Mother Duck's nest. Her hatchlings include a yellow duckling; one with blue spots; another with brown stripes; and a rather unusual, crocodile-shaped youngster, named after his first words. Guji Guji grows bigger and stronger than his siblings (and more crocodilelike), but Mother loves all her offspring the same. When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji's ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he is put to the test…

A ten-year-old girl uses poetry to describe the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama, in the United States.

A ten-year-old girl uses poetry to describe the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama, in the United States.

Everything changes for eleven-year-old Kimberly Chang when she moves with her mother from Hong Kong to New York. But their new life doesn't live up to their expectations - living in a vermin-ridden apartment in Brooklyn, they have in debt and neither of them speaks a word of English. While her mother works at a sweatshop, earning two cents a garment, intellectually gifted Kim faces the challenge of school. Kim must learn to translate not just her language but who she is as she straddles two…

Everything changes for eleven-year-old Kimberly Chang when she moves with her mother from Hong Kong to New York. But their new life doesn't live up to their expectations - living in a vermin-ridden apartment in Brooklyn, they have in debt and neither of them speaks a word of English. While her mother works at a sweatshop, earning two cents a garment, intellectually gifted Kim faces the challenge of school. Kim must learn to translate not just her language but who she is as she straddles two…

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