Places, Images, Times & Transformations

Kaneshiro's Go: A Contemporary, Japanese Romeo & Juliet

Michele Beauchamp, NCTA Alumna and Master Teacher, discusses the literary themes of Kazuki Kaneshiro's novel Go. A modern nod to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Go is the story of a Korean boy and a Japanese girl who fall in love. Kaneshiro examines the ideas of fate and love at first sight, friendship and violence. The author’s main focus of this bildungsroman is how we define ethnicity and identity, and the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

The second part of the NCTA Teaching Go Book Discussion and Workshop held on May 26-27, 2020.

To view the first part of this program featuring a lecture on Koreans living in Japan, please click here.


Michelle Beauchamp is an English teacher at Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She recieved her MeD from the University of Pittsburgh. For the past 25 years, she has taught all levels of seconday English Language Arts. Michelle strives to incorporate Asian Literature into her courses as well as provide resources about Asia for her colleagues. First taking her NCTA seminar in 2008, she has participated in two study tours to Asia as part of NCTA as well as training to lead NCTA seminars in the future.