In praise of Alice Munro

Two collections of short stories by Alice Munro Photos courtesy of Penguin Canada

Two collections of short stories by Alice Munro
Photos courtesy of Penguin Canada

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
Level 2

Alice Munro is a writer.

She won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Canadians are very proud of her. She is the first Canadian to win the prize.

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A special day

Adapted from a story printed in the December, 2013 edition of The Westcoast Reader

Angela (Qing Li) Wu performed a dance called Walking in Tibet for B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon. Photos:  Heather Colpitts / Langley Advance

Angela (Qing Li) Wu performed a dance called Walking in Tibet for B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon. Photo: Heather Colpitts / Langley Advance

I’m Angela. I’m originally from China Wenzhou, Zhejiang. Wenzhou is a coastal city, it means “song and dance of the rural.” I’m a professional dancer and I used to dance in a troupe in Wenzhou. I was also a dance teacher in an art school in China. To become a professional dancer I went to the Provincial Art School in Hangzhou where I trained for 4 years. During 7 years after my training, I performed many times before coming to Canada.

In January 2010 my husband, my six-month-old daughter and I immigrated to Canada. In the beginning we felt comfortable and excited in a new country. But after a short time, I found I couldn’t understand English at all. So my friend helped me to apply for the ELSA program. At the same time I got a part-time job to teach Chinese folk dance in Surrey.

Constable Lenin Cruz , Adilia Tixal , Rasri Wood ,  Her Honour Judith Guichon, Thuy Chi Choi Nguyen, Angela (Qing Li) Wu, Kiran Sharma. Photo: Provided by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Constable Lenin Cruz , Adilia Tixal , Rasri Wood , Her Honour Judith Guichon, Thuy Chi Choi Nguyen, Angela (Qing Li) Wu, Kiran Sharma. Photo provided by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

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