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Conversation with Graciela Namihira

Namihira, Graciela
Lambert, Anne
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with People and Places; Stories and Storytellers
Graciela Namihira speaks about her childhood desire to have books like the ones her aunt read to her. She also speaks of her friend who enjoys reading to her students.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Anne Lambert interviewed Charlotte residents to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
GN (Graciela Namihira): I want to talk about a--. We are going to talk about a story. I remember when a child, that my aunt read us a story. And when we went to her house, and [pause] she told the most wonderful stories that I ever hear. And also, uh, she, she read stories for a book, and when I was child want to have all of the big books that she belong.
AL (Anne Lambert): Uh-huh.
GN: And so one Christmas for a gift, I ask for those kind of books, and--. But when now when I have children and I read, read the stories again to my children, I know that, um, the stories are very different and the meaning of the stories are really different. But when I was a child. Have child. They are really, really different. It is important for all the children, for instance, for my children, to explain what happen with these stories. You don't just read the stories, because you explain the stories, ah, if you are a child, you are a, uh, narrow opinion of the stories, and if you read a little bit of the stories tell you about the, your imagination, or your--. The how do you catch, how do you receive the stories.
AL: Uh-huh.
GN: And also I have friend who, uh, she is kindergarten teacher and she enjoys to be a teacher, kindergarten teacher. And she explains stories like a place and I enjoyed how she explained stories to, and I learned a lot about how to explain stories and I when I she told to her pupils stories I enjoy it and I really learned about that.
AL: Good! Thank you very much.
GN: You're welcome.
AL: Good.