Perspectives on East and Southeast Asian Folktales is a multidisciplinary examination of folktales that are unfamiliar to Western audiences. Examining folktales from countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, China, Japan, and Korea, the contributors consider various aspects: including identity issues, morals, collectivism, violence, scatological references, language socialization, representation of Buddhist values, emotional competence, as well as folktales' relationship to idioms and narrative structure. Highlighting differences and similarities between East and Southeast Asian and Western folktales, this volume promotes memorable understanding of East and Southeast Asian cultures and their oral traditions.
Allyssa McCabe is professor emerita of psychology at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
MinJeong Kim is associate professor in the School of Education at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Chapter 1. Overview: Perspectives on East and Southeast Asian Folktales
Allyssa McCabe and MinJeong Kim
Chapter 2. Folk and Fairy Tales as Expressions of Identity in Cross-cultural Communication
Chapter 3. Morals Take Precedence Over Resolution: An Exploration of Chinese Idiom Stories in Mandarin
Allyssa McCabe, Fangfang Zhang, and Chien-ju Chang
Chapter 4. Collectivism in Asian versus Western Folktales of (Extra)ordinary Companions
Juwen Zhang, Allyssa McCabe, MinJeong Kim, and Charlotte L. Wilinsky
Chapter 5. A Developmental Perspective on Violence in Southeast Asian Folktales
Charlotte L. Wilinsky and Allyssa McCabe
Chapter 6. What You Hate Becomes Your Fate: Researcher Reflexivity in Encounters with
Southeast Asian Folktales
Allyssa McCabe and George Chigas
Chapter 7. Japanese Language Socialization through Folktales
Chapter 8. Educational Implications of Buddhist Values in Vietnamese Folktales
Tham Tran and MinJeong Kim
Chapter 9. Learning Nunchi: Folktales as Tools to Teach Emotional Competence in Literacy Learning in Korea
MinJeong Kim and Minyoung Kim
What a revealing volume! Folktales are the perfect window, not only into the values and educational mindset of Asia but into the many differences between Asian cultures. Informative, stimulating, and accessible, this is a must-read for anyone interested in culture and its transmission.
This excellent collection brings together folkloristic, cultural, psychological, and educational perspectives on East and Southeast Asian folktales, including those personally told or retold by some immigrant families from the region. Presenting these complex and multifaceted dimensions in one accessible collection, the book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the study of folktales and will appeal to a broad range of readers.
This comprehensive book highlights the value of folktales in better understanding morals and ethics of East and Southeast Asian countries from psychological, educational, and cultural perspectives. I enjoyed reading the carefully analyzed folktales in the volume. These folktales provide a window to thinking about critical implications of moral and ethical influences from these countries. A great way to learn about historical, social-cultural, and psychological perspectives of East and Southeast Asian countries through analysis of their folktales.