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?
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.
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.