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by Gish Jen

1984

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The White Umbrella " by Gish Jen .

In Gish Jen’s short story “The White Umbrella,” a Chinese American girl sees a white umbrella that she wishes she could own.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Identity, Men & Women, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How do we define the roles of men and women?", "What makes you who you are?", and "Why do people resist change?"

Ways to support your child: