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Pedagogy of Life

A Tale of Names and Literacy


Rosa Hong Chen

Pedagogy of Life: A Tale of Names and Literacy takes its readers through the echoing stories of the half-century historical Cultural Revolution of China to the literate lifeworld today. Rosa Hong Chen offers a gripping array of personal and kindred stories woven into the power of words and empathy of art through the volutes of writing and dancing for life, expressing genera of warm melancholy, weighty sensations, compulsive sobs, and refrained elation. It is for the existential history of individual lives and communal sharing that life creates itself a pedagogical condition of possible experiences. It is so that life itself forms a historical and social path of human growth and maturation. In her philosophical and educational autoethnographical inquiry, Rosa Hong examines the nature of literacy for those under oppression and marginalization; she explores how one’s name and the ways in which that name is used affects a person’s self-knowing and knowing of the world. Therein she presents us an exceptional volume, exemplifying that individuals’ autobiographical stories explored are importantly connected to wider cultural, political, and social meaning and understanding. Pedagogy of Life, Rosa Hong thus echoes her readers’ musings, affects, relations, imagination, choice, learning, teaching, and much more, because we, each and all, have our own names, our ways of uttering, writing and dancing, and, ultimately, our ways of living, knowing, and becoming.