Franklin Stebbins

Franklin Stebbins is Senior Program Associate for New Jersey Growth and Strategy at Facing History. Before taking this role, he was a New Jersey educator for 17 years. During that time, he started a full-year Holocaust and Genocides elective that heavily used Facing History resources and pedagogy. He was recognized as the 2018 Gina Lanceter Power of One Award by the New Jersey Holocaust Commission, the 2019 Dr. Hank Kaplowitz Outstanding Human Rights Educator of the Year by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, the 2019 Unity Award for Achievement by an Educator by the Union County Human Relations Commission, and as a 2019 Exemplary Educator by the New Jersey Department of Education.

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Identity, Literature, and Possibility: A Conversation with Nicole Chung

Posted by Franklin Stebbins on May 23, 2022

In an interview earlier this year, I sat down with Nicole Chung—author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir (2018). There, Chung details her experience growing up as a transracial adoptee of Korean descent within a white family in small-town Oregon. Her journey of navigating anti-Asian racism without the understanding of her white family, building resilience, searching for her Korean birth family, and coming into her own as a writer and mother are among the threads that tie this riveting story together. Her memoir addresses issues of identity and speaking across difference that are central to the educational approach of Facing History, and educators will find much to reflect upon within its pages.

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Topics: Identity, Asian American and Pacific Islander History, Farewell to Manzanar

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