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Mira Jiang | Read to Heal Podcast Episode 3

How does the modern retelling of traditional folktales reflect society's current view of the world and impact cultural acceptance?

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More than ever before, we’re asking ourselves: How can reading and writing help youth heal? How can stories help us see ourselves and each other in new ways? The Read to Heal podcast brings young authors and advocates together around a shared love of reading, discussing, and writing inclusive literature. Get ready to listen to their courageous conversations around identity, vulnerability, and social justice in storytelling.
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SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 of THE READ TO HEAL PODCAST

GUEST: Mira Jiang

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amber Brown

HOSTS: Harnoor + Eve

VIDEO EDITOR: Nancy Martinez

How does the modern retelling of traditional folktales reflect society's current view of the world and impact cultural acceptance? Mira Jiang, a young author from Novelly’s Rising Voices Collective, joins our Youth Ambassadors for courage conversations about sexuality and cultural acceptance in her novella, “River of Stars.” In this story, Mira captures what it means to be a young woman of color fighting to stay with her true love against disapproving opposing forces.

STORY SYNOPSIS:

Sizi has always been more comfortable with her ox than other people. But when she meets Zhinu, a cloud weaver who descended to the mortal realm, Sizi falls for her beauty and tenderness. In this sapphic retelling of the Chinese folktale “The Cowherd and the Weaver,” two girls struggle to build a home together in a world that threatens to tear them apart. Despite the tribulations they face, they must come to realize that love is love, no matter what form it comes in, and it is powerful enough to cross the stars.

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