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.”
The name has since been changed to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
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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):
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).
I Am Asian American is from Teaching Tolerance.
‘I am not exotic. I am a human.’ — This is why we need Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month pic.twitter.com/GVX9ZY9tqC
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 2, 2018
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out our latest Moment for a collection of TT resources to celebrate the heritage of this diverse group of Americans. #AAPIHM https://t.co/XzFpdELSdq pic.twitter.com/hB2w4gWjzA
— Teaching Tolerance (@Tolerance_org) May 1, 2018
Write Our Stories is a huge collection of stories from NBC News related to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Learning Together is a new teacher resource site from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. It seems to focus on a new theme each month (how did I not know that April was Arab American Heritage Month?), and collects past resources in its archives section.
Asian Americans is the PBS site for the series of the same name.
The Diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander Identities is from Teaching Tolerance.
AAPI FRONTLINE is from NBC News.
Viral Histories: Stories of Racism, Resilience, and Resistance in Asian American Communities is from The Smithsonian.
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.