May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
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.
Lisa A. Lee discusses how race, language and culture connect to early childhood identity development based on her own Asian-American experience.
A comprehensive online activity that explores the history and culture of Asian Americans, including true immigration stories.
Norman Mineta was ten years old when he left his home in San Jose, Calif., and relocated to Heart Mountain, Wyo., as part of the wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Follow Mineta's story and learn more about the war with this online activity.
Meet Taylor, a fourth grader who moved to the United States from South Korea, and other young immigrants in this online student activity, part of the Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today unit.
Find all the books you need to teach your students about Asian Pacific American heritage.
Use this book list to find immigration-themed books across multiple genres and grade levels.
Find books about immigrants and immigration for readers in grades 3-5.