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A literary journey through Asia with Joanna Ho


Saturday August 20, 2022
10am program

Join us and the Vietnam Culture and Science Association (VCSA) as we welcome the award-winning children’s author Joanna Ho for a virtual reading of his latest illustrated album, Eyes that speak to the stars. The poetic story – beautifully illustrated by Dung Ho – tackles themes of intergenerational bonds, self-love and identity. After story time, guests of all ages can participate in a live online Q&A and enjoy interactive and creative activities, including personalized lanterns.

All guests participating in the program are also invited to visit the current project of Asia Society Texas, Artists on site Series 3.

About the Author

Joanna Ho is the New York Times Best-selling and award-winning author of numerous children’s books. His first picture book, Eyes that kiss in the cornerswon the Golden Kite Award. Playing at the Frontier: A Yo-Yo Ma Story, was an honor book by Ezra Jack Keats. His other picture books include Eyes that speak to the stars, One day (2023), Riders of the Waves (2023), say my name (2023), Eyes that weave the wonders of the world (2024), and When the light divides (2024). Her first YA novel, The silence that binds uswas released in June 2022.

She is a writer and educator passionate about anti-bias, anti-racism and equity work. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley. She has served as an English teacher, dean, prison alternative curriculum designer, and professional development creator in partnership with education leaders across the country.

She’s currently the vice-principal at a Bay Area high school, where she survives on homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Keep your eyes peeled for more books to come! Follow her on Twitter, instagram, Facebookor visit his website at

About the moderator

Christine Tran is an elementary school counselor at Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She holds a master’s degree in education, a professional school counselor degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s degree in education in curriculum and teaching from Houston Baptist University. Previously, she worked as an elementary math and science teacher for eight years. As a school counselor, Christine integrates social-emotional learning, mentorship and multicultural awareness while working with students and is passionate about working with young people to learn about the rich cultural diversity of the community and to share their cultural heritage with others. She is currently Vice President of Community Outreach for the Houston-area nonprofit organization, Vietnam Culture and Science Association. Follow her on Twitter!

The Asia Society Texas Center’s education and outreach programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Cathay Bank Foundation and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in exhibits and public programming to Houston. This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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About Asian Society at Home

We are committed to pursuing our mission of strengthening cross-cultural understanding and improving human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, to spark curiosity about Asia and foster empathy.

About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a deeper understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.