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Lots and lots of good news lately. First, we (and by we I mean me, my awesome graduate assistant, and a host of dedicated Asian Pacific American librarians) have been working super hard on the ALA Family Literacy Focus APALA children’s literature bibliography! It’s coming along pretty well, and I’m excited to see our final product.
Second, APALA has announced the winners of the 2010 APALA Literature Awards! The official announcement is posted at the ALA website. Congratulations to the winners! Tofu Quilt is my personal favorite 🙂 Yay for literacy!
And third, today I gave a presentation at my university’s first Scholars’ Circle, an event where faculty are invited to share their research projects. I was totally nervous because it was the first time I’ve shared my dissertation research with the larger faculty, but I got great feedback and made some good connections.
All in all, it’s been a great week. I love my job.
Today I defended my dissertation!!
Many, many, many thanks to my amazing committee members and friends and colleagues in the audience. Your guidance, support and encouragement have meant so much to me.
I’m a doctor! ^.^
The sole purpose of this entry is to announce that I now have six complete dissertation chapters and am struggling through the conclusion.
There is indeed a light at the end of this very long tunnel…
It’s been exactly one month since I moved from Los Angeles, California to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve completely settled into my apartment and office and sufficiently learned the freeways and roads. I know how to get to all my friends’ houses, Target, Whole Foods and multiple routes to get to work. I think I found a church – or maybe a church has found me. I’m learning how to drive in the snow and whether or not my North Face jacket is necessary when the temperature soars above zero.
What I’m not yet used to: being here. I still can’t believe this is my life. When I introduce myself to people I almost say, “I’m a graduate student.” As it is, most people ask me what I’m studying and where I go to school. “Illinois, but I teach at St Kate. And what do you do?”
What I love: being here. Every time I came to Minnesota in the past, I experienced a resurgence of energy, inspiration, motivation and challenge to persist in my quest for truth and literary justice for adopted Koreans in the realm of children’s literature. Being on the ground and intimately immersed in this community motivates and sustains me in my work.
What I need: to be here.