In Scholastic’s “Notable Asian Pacific Americans” online activity (grades 3–6), students can read short biographies of the following ten notable Asian Pacific Americans who have contributed to American history in a variety of ways.
- Hawaiian native Duke Kahanamoku, the father of international surfing, who medaled at the 1912, 1920, 1924, and 1932 Olympics for swimming.
- Dr. Feng Shan Ho, who single-handedly saved thousands of Austrian Jews during the Holocaust.
- Dalip Singh Saund, who made history as the first Asian elected to Congress in 1956.
- The “Men of Steel,” nearly 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who performed dangerous work to construct the Central Pacific line, helping America become the first continent to have a coast-to-coast railroad.
- Steven Chu, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on cooling atoms.
- Yo-Yo Ma, who gained worldwide fame and more than a dozen Grammys as a cello player.
- Architect Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Amy Tan, author of the best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club.
- Jerry Yang, who created Yahoo! with a Stanford University classmate.
- Skating legend Michelle Kwan, who’s medaled at the Olympics and is admired for her athleticism and grace on the ice.
To learn more, students can click on related grade-appropriate links for further reading.
While participating in the “Notable Asian Pacific American” reading acitvity, students will:
- Use Web technology to access American history and the Asian-American experience
- Relive the Asian-American experience through biographies