Densho is hosting its first ever Digital Teach-In this year to encourage more understanding of Japanese American history and why it matters today. When you sign up, they’ll deliver five lessons straight to your email inbox that will cover the basics of Japanese American history from early Japanese migration to mass removal and life in […]
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.
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 […]
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.
As The Making of Asian America ships out and hits bookstore shelves today, I’m reflecting on how and when I started thinking about writing it; in other words, how it all began. Although I did not know it at the time, this book first began many years ago when I was in college and started learning about Asian […]
In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wong Kim Ark and safeguarded birthright citizenship for millions. Birthright citizenship is in the news again thanks to the release of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration plan on Sunday. Under a section of Trump’s plan titled “Defend The Laws And Constitution Of The United States,” the […]
Once Excluded and Now Admired, Their Families Could See a Newfound Status in America Complicated by China’s Rise Once singled out for exclusion by law from the United States, Chinese immigrants now make up the largest single group of arrivals per year into this country. A recent report by the Census Bureau reported that China […]
Stereotypes of South Asians today may tend to focus on high-tech workers and spelling-bee winners who are “model minorities” out-competing white Americans. As this cartoon illustrates, 100 years ago, South Asians were stereotyped as being unassimilable cheap laborers who would take away white jobs. What has changed and what has remained the same?