Teachers, spread the word! This is an awesome way to learn about teaching Asian Pacific American history in beautiful Seattle this summer. Come join me! http://www.wingluke.org/teachers-institute/ This NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop is open to all K-12 educators as well as classroom professionals, school administrators and substitute teachers. This week-long, 2016 NEH […]
Listen to Fred Korematsu describe why he chose to violate the U.S. incarceration order during World War Two, preserved by Densho here.
One of the questions that came across on social media last night during the Define American panel discussion was: “Why aren’t Asian Americans involved in social movements?” After my two fellow panelists suggested that it was for “cultural reasons,” I passionately disagreed! Watch our debate here.
Tonight in LA, I started to solve part of a family mystery. During the Chinese exclusion era, my grandmother was left behind in China when her father took her male cousin to the U.S. instead. The laws were so restrictive, families had to make decisions like this all the time. She eventually made it to […]
The Friends of the Cerritos Public Library have invited me to California to talk about The Making of Asian America on Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm. Join me if you can!
Happy 2016! Thank you for your liking this page and for all of the support this past year. It was an exciting one! As other authors know, writing a book can be a very solitary experience. You research, write, rewrite, edit, revise, and reedit over and over again, mostly on your own. For years. And […]
Every December 7th, the news media always recognizes the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor is just as important to remember. During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans (including two-thirds who were United States-born citizens) were forcibly rounded up and incarcerated in camps around the country because they were […]
55% of Americans wanted to reject Hungarian refugees in 1958; 62% wanted to reject SE Asians in 1979; 71% wanted to reject Cubans in 1980: Pew Report: U.S. public seldom has welcomed refugees into country.
My two postings on Roanoke, VA mayor’s statements on Japanese American incarceration this week (VA mayor cites “need” for WW2 Japanese American incarceration & “need” to halt Syrian refugees, from the Washington Post.) The mayor’s understanding of history is totally false. And it is egregious that he would recommend that the U.S. repeat one of the […]
A bit of good news this week: Minoru Yasui, who challenged the government’s curfew order placed on Japanese Americans during WW2, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more at: Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom on NBC News.