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A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story features four lessons exploring the waves and experiences of Filipinos who immigrated to the U.S., contributions Filipino Americans have made to American society, and the history and culture of the Philippines.
1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians convinced the U.S. Congress not to annex the islands. But months later the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana and the […]
The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 presents 8,000 photos, paintings, letters, diary excerpts, pamphlets, and speeches that portray the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California during that time period. Contributions of Chinese immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art, agriculture and other industries are described. Chinatown in San Francisco receives special treatment as the oldest […]
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution tells the story that began during World War II, when nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many spent three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire.
The War Relocation Camps of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice examines the causes and effects of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order, signed two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, that moved nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into relocation centers. An excerpt is provided from the executive order as well […]
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month provides information about the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific peoples in the U.S. and territories. It includes links to Pacific Islander heritage and Asian American heritage websites.
The West is an online companion to the 8-part PBS documentary. The site is divided into sections dealing with an overall tour, events in the West, places, people, and archives.
Ancestors in the Americas is a companion website for the PBS series by the same name and explores the history and stories of Asian Americans. A timeline shows events that shaped Asian American history, and a resource section allows further exploration of the Asian American experience. The site includes guides with discussion questions for teachers […]
Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case introduces students to one instance in which immigrants overcame the ramifications of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 through the U.S. judicial system. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government. It also has cross-curricular connections with history, government, language […]