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.
Asian Pacific American Experiences
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.
The author discusses how race, language, and culture connect to early childhood identity development based on her own experience as an Asian American.
A comprehensive online activity that explores the history and culture of Asian Americans, including true immigration stories.
Lesson planning suggestions for incorporating cross-curricular extensions, national standards, and final projects while teaching the Asian Pacific American Heritage student activity.
Asian Pacific Americans and Immigration
Students get a unique firsthand account of what it was like for a young girl to move from a small village in China to the United States in the 1930s.
Meet Taylor, a fourth grader who moved to the United States from South Korea! Read Taylor’s story, and those of other young immigrants, in this online student activity from the Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today unit.
The Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882, 1892, and 1902 severely limited or completely suspended Chinese immigration to the United States. Learn more about the acts and their ultimate repeal in this article from Grolier Online.
This book list contains fiction and nonfiction titles across all grade and reading levels that explore the experiences of immigration and citizenship.
Find beautifully illustrated books about Ellis Island and immigrant experiences as well as early chapter book series such as Dear America and My America that offer fictional accounts of historic moments.
Asian Pacific Culture and History
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.