Dr. Stephanie Han invites audiences to envision new concepts of women and narrative, writing and storytelling, multiculturalism / polyculturalism, and education.
As a Speaker
Dr. Stephanie Han is an award-winning author and speaker known for inspiring audiences to narrate their personal lives. Through the art of storytelling, Han demonstrates the complicated truths of the narratives that determine our intimate and global identities. Audience members are compelled to search for their individual purpose and value, to discover their true motivations and boundaries, and to creatively manifest their dreams.
Han’s debut short story collection Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books) won the Paterson Fiction prize. The book was sole finalist for the AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Spokane Prize and the Asian Books Blog Award. Individual stories won awards from the South China Morning Post, Nimrod International Literary Journal, and Santa Fe Writer’s Project.
Dr. Han is available for private sessions, classes, workshops, events and keynote speeches.
Excerpt from Dr. Stephanie Han’s talk “Narrative as Life” Academy of Creative Media, University of Hawaii
Our lives are narratives—we are the art of narrative, and we must understand, guard, and cultivate our story, as if we do not, we are subject to the narratives that others impose upon us. Those are the narratives of people who are more powerful, who control us through government or money or paperwork or emotions, who want us to be something other than who we are. If we do not stand up for our own story, we become the story of others who do not know, in any intimate way, what it means to be us.