Barbara G. Wong:
Barbara Wong

Professional Storyteller

"Excellent! One student yelled ‘I love these stories!’ You did a great job of monitoring the energy and focus of the audience. It fit perfectly with our curriculum."
Shea Morris, Teacher, Village School, Pacific Palisades, CA

Barbara Wong: A former Artist-in-the-Schools in Hawaii and resident storyteller for the Honolulu Zoo, Storyteller Barbara Wong shares her love of story with audiences of all ages in libraries, schools, museums, zoos, festivals, and other special events.

Now based in Los Angeles, her recorded stories will be part of the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Silk Road Gallery in Pasadena when it reopens in 2021. Barbara has told at the Getty Museum’s Family Festival and the Walt Disney Imagineering iD8 Summit. She has also been a guest storyteller on the Emmy award-winning PBS children’s program Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks and at the annual LA Animé Convention.

In addition to stories from many different cultures, Barbara particularly enjoys sharing tales reflecting her mixed cultural heritage, including personal stories, tales for the Chinese/Asian New Year and Hispanic Heritage Month, and spooky stories. Her timeless tales filled with wonder, humor and wisdom speak to the hearts of young and old alike.

Description of programs:
Based on Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and History/Social Studies your students will learn: • Good Story Structure • Listening/Comprehension Skills • Ancient Chinese or Hispanic Culture • Appreciation for cultural diversity • Anti-Racist Perspective

• Firecracker Dragon: Tales of Old China (Virtual Presentation available January 2021):
When the Chinese first came to California in 1848 to help build the Transcontinental Railroad, they naturally brought their stories with them. These wise tales—although hundreds, even thousands of years old—still captivate audiences of all ages today, while instilling a knowledge of Chinese civilization and family values. Audiences even learn to read some Chinese!

• Cuentos del Mundo Antiguo - Stories of the Ancient World (Virtual Presentation available March 2021):
Stories passed down from the Aztec and Maya cultures of Mexico and Guatemala bring these ancient civilizations alive for young listeners in A Day in the Life of a Young Aztec/A Day in the Life of a Young Maya. This program helps them understand the contributions made by, and daily life of these two great Mesoamerican peoples.

Additional Story Programs:
Hungry Ghosts - Ghost stories & supernatural tales for middle school through adults.
Scared Silly - Not-too-scary stories for early elementary and families.
One World of Many People - A variety of folk tales celebrating global diversity.

Grades: K-12

Instructional Materials Available: Post-Assembly Resource Sheets provide supplemental writing, reading, and/or math exercises as well as listening comprehension questions.

Other: Family Fun Night Programs


Barbara Wong
Los Angeles, CA

(310) 559-2248


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