Oh, the Humanity: Grace Lin on Art and the Human Experience

JAN 24, 202336 MIN
The Reading Culture

Oh, the Humanity: Grace Lin on Art and the Human Experience

JAN 24, 202336 MIN


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  • " Creating something is not just for people to view, but it's for the creator. It's that idea that when you create, it puts you more in touch with your humanity and that being in touch with your humanity is what you are giving through your artwork. " - Grace Lin

For Grace Lin, the value in literature comes from its ability to allow you to understand other humans and get in touch with your own humanity. But this value isn't just from reading. As a writer, she recognizes the change that the artist goes through in the process of creating. In her own experience, the process of writing has allowed her to understand and feel comfortable with her Asian-American identity, which in turn has helped her in making content for other young Asian-Americans who are struggling in the same ways she used to.

It's these experiences and understandings that have contributed to her passion for keeping humanity in writing and fighting for that access. That's why she has so eloquently spoken about the importance of reading other perspectives despite potential initial discomfort in her apt metaphor of putting on a new pair of glasses. In this episode, she'll take us through all of that and more.


Chapter 1 - ThE LeEtal hOuSe

Chapter 2 - Bees for Betsy, but not for Grace

Chapter 3 - For those to come

Chapter 4 - The Search for Delicious

Chapter 5 - The thousand-dollar dandelion

Chapter 6 - New Glasses

Chapter 7 - The art of effort

Chapter 8 - Chinese Menu

Chapter 9 - New Faces, Familiar Places

Chapter 10 - Beanstack Featured Librarian

This episode's Beanstack featured librarian is Jenny Lee Ryan, the Program Coordinator for Farmington Public Library in New Mexico. Listen to the end to hear some of her best tips for getting readers engaged in their programming.