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Six teams of UVA English faculty, graduate students and experienced teachers from local schools formed this summer around specific topics.

Their prototype will concentrate on Guatemalan American history, migration and culture through such texts as the award-winning middle-grade novel, “The Other Half of Happy,” published by Rebecca Balcárcel in 2019.

Looking at Asian American literature, Sylvia Chong, an associate professor of English and American Studies, also said she would like to bring attention to the breadth of nationalities and ethnicities that make up the broad Asian American category, as well as an introduction to Asian literature.

One of the team’s goals, Chong said, is introducing a different way of reading Asian American literature that’s not about culture.

Northam’s recent efforts and commission to require African American history in K-12 schools.

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