May Is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Explore the diverse cultures that originate from and thrive in the Pacific Rim and East Asia. The activities, resources, books, and lesson plans below support the study of vibrant ancient cultures, flourishing modern Asian Pacific societies, and how Asian Pacific influence travels oceans to infuse and define American culture today.
Learn about Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius, which dominated the sociopolitical life of China for most of that country's history and largely influenced the cultures of Korea, Japan, and Indochina.
Learn about Daoism (sometimes called Taoism), a movement that developed alongside Confucianism into both a philosophy and a religion, becoming one of the major belief systems in traditional China.
The 1882, 1892, and 1902 Chinese Exclusion Acts deterred Chinese people from immigrating to America.
Indonesia is a nation made up of thousands of islands that stretch in a long arc and is the largest country of Southeast Asia in both area and population.
The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is situated on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. Learn more.
Lisa A. Lee discusses how race, language and culture connect to early childhood identity development based on her own Asian-American experience.
Activities and Resources
Author Ken Mochizuki was interviewed by Scholastic students, parents, and teachers.
A comprehensive online activity that explores the history and culture of Asian Americans, including true immigration stories.
Students build their own compasses to learn about Chinese inventions in this lesson plan.
Students learn about China through literature before comparing and contrasting their lifestyle to that of a Chinese child.