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October 30, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Brenda Wong Aoki: Oriental Ghost Stories

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The critically much-acclaimed Wong Aoki will have us in high spirits!

Throughout October, the Menlo Park Library Storytelling Festival has presented performances from a variety of acclaimed professional tellers. Tonight we conclude in style, as the storied Brenda Wong Aoki makes her Menlo Park Library debut!

In Japan, the dead are more important than the living because the actions of the dead are what brought us to where we are today. Japanese ghosts are typically angry, scary women without feet.  Ghost stories remind us that what remains after our deaths are the consequences of our actions. Appropriate for adults and teens.

About Brenda Wong Aoki
Swirling in silk, a painted fan and long hair her only prop, Brenda Wong Aoki continues to fascinate audiences internationally. Her stories are drawn from Kabuki legend, her grandfather’s stories of San Francisco during the Great Earthquake, and her own life experience. Aoki is the first nationally recognized Asian-American storyteller in the U.S.  

About Storytelling
  • Storytelling is telling stories--without using a book.
  • It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  
  • It's not necessarily for children!
  • Traditional-style storytelling creates unique images in the mind of each listener.
According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Menlo Park Friends of the Library.