Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2) by Gene Luen YangChina, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isnt even given a proper name by her family when shes born. She finds friendship--and a name, Vibiana--in the most unlikely of places: Christianity.
But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie...and whether she is willing to die for her faith.
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Boxers & Saints
Twenty million people died in the ensuing chaos. In the late s, peasants from the north, affronted by Western influence in the empire, formed a secret society to practice the martial and spiritual disciplines of Chinese folk religion, which some believed made them invulnerable to European bullets and cannon fire. The belief did not survive the test of experience, but did earn the Boxer Rebellion an enduring place in popular memory. An alliance of British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, American, Italian and Japanese soldiers easily crushed the Boxers and the imperial Chinese soldiers who joined them, but not before the Boxers had killed more than 30, Chinese Christian converts. The Westerners had arrived preaching a Christian message of peace and compassion. They also came in search of easy profits from the opium trade, and waged a war to ensure those profits kept flowing.
Alternative Comics' educational division documents th Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education , an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms. We highlight Boxers and Saints here for two reasons: first, in honor of its prestigious nomination; but even more importantly, because this two-book set illustrates the importance of understanding and analyzing conflict from multiple perspectives, in the hope of teaching and reaching greater understanding and tolerance. Boxers tells the story of the illiterate peasants tired of being hungry, tired of failing farms, and tired of Chinese Christian ruffians who would steal, cheat and beat them while under Western protection.
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