May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. Here’s a short explanation of its background from Infoplease:
“In May 1990 …President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.”
I’m not very pleased with this post — I know there’s a lot more out there, but I just haven’t had the time to research it as well as I would like to have done. I wanted to get this out before the end of May. By the time next May comes around this will be a much better list.
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Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (not in order of preference, and that are, of course, accessible to English Language Learners):
Scholastic has quite a good collection of accessible resources related to Asian Pacific American Heritage.
Never Lost is an impressive interactive from The Exploratorium on Pacific Islander boats.
Colorin Colorado has resources on the month specifically for ELL’s.
Infoplease has a lot of resources, though most are not necessarily accessible to ELL’s and would have to be modified by a teacher. But it’s a great site, nevertheless.
The Smithsonian Institution has Asian Pacific American Heritage teaching resources.
Read Write Think has lesson plans, too.
EDSITEment also has lesson resources.
Most of these lessons (apart from the resources at Colorin Colorado), though, would have to be modified for ELL’s.
U.S. official cites misconduct in Japanese American internment cases is a fascinating article in The Los Angeles Times discussing how the present United States Solicitor General is apologizing for the misconduct of one of his predecessors for his role in defending Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. During the war, he chose not to reveal a government study concluding that Japanese-Americans were not a risk to U.S. security.
World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Profiles is from NBC News.
— Jayne Marlink (@JMarlinkCWP) June 3, 2015
— Rethinking Schools (@RethinkSchools) May 20, 2015
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) May 1, 2015
Here’s a Playing For Change video. This is how they describe it:
“Hawai’i Aloha” features dozens of Hawai‘i’s top artists across many genres, and over 1,000 youth from 10 Hawaiian charter schools in one epic song. Recorded live across 27 locations, this is Hawaiiʻs most widely known song, used to close important gatherings of all sizes. It is a song of unity and Aloha ‘Aina (Aloha for one’s birthplace, land and home).
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.