Teaching Guides

Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities

Teaching Guide. Edited by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Glenn Omatsu. 2006. Comprehensive collection of articles and lessons on Asian Pacific American history.
Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century
Themes: Asian American, Pacific Islander

tapaTeaching about Asian Pacific Americans was created for educators and other practitioners who want to address the void in Asian American history in the textbooks. Experts in the field of Asian American Studies will find powerful, innovative teaching activities that clearly convey established and new ideas. The activities in this book have been used effectively in workshops for staff and practitioners in student services programs, community-based organizations, teacher training programs, social service agencies, and diversity training. [Publisher’s description.]

List of Contributors

Allan Aquino, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Wayne Au, Christina Ayala-Alcantar, Eiichiro Azuma, Carl L. Bankston III, Dharm P. S. Bhawuk, Edith Wen-Chu Chen, Michi Fu, Joseph A. Galura, Amir Hussain, Kimiko Kelly, James Lam, Mariam Beevi Lam, Emily Porcincula Lawsin, Andrew Leong, Sin Yen Ling, Sheena Malhotra, Gina Masequesmay, Michael Matsuda, Vijayan P. Munusamy, Ajay T. Nair, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Glenn Omatsu, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Tony Osumi, Steven Masami Ropp, Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Sweatshop Watch, Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi, Masaru Torito, Diep Tran, Haunani-Kay Trask, Vivian Tseng, Maria Mami Turnmeyer, George Uba, Laura Uba, W. David Wakefield, Grace J. Yoo, and Min Zhou.

About the Editors

Edith Wen-Chu Chen is associate professor in the Asian American studies department at California State University, Northridge. Her interests include race and ethnicity, Asian American women, intercultural communication, and Asians in the Americas.

Glenn Omatsu is senior lecturer in Asian American studies and faculty mentor program coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Program at California State University, Northridge. He is co-editor (with Steve Louie) of Asian Americans: The Movement and Moment.


“This book should be required reading for anyone who teaches a class on the nation’s rapidly growing and immensely diverse Asian Pacific American population, or more generally on ethnic and racial groups in America. Experienced instructors, as well as those who are teaching for the first time, will benefit greatly from the array of innovative, exciting, and ‘best practices’ classroom activities and strategies that are featured in this collection. This is more than a ‘how to’ book. It provides a compelling perspective on how the historical and contemporary experiences of all immigrant and minority groups can and ought to be taught in the twenty-first century.”—Don T. Nakanishi, University of California, Los Angeles

“This collection is interdisciplinary in scope, encompassing a variety of social science disciplines including sociology as well as humanities and professional education.”—Teaching Sociology

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – Part One: Definitions, Concepts, and Issues
  • Part 3 – Chapter One: Vietnamese Boat People: Separation and Loss
  • Chapter 4 – Straddling Two Social Worlds: The Experiences of Vietnamese Refugee Children in the United States
  • Chapter 5 – An Oral History of Huy Tran: A Vietnamese American Refugee’s Story
  • Part 6 – Chapter Two: Feast of Resistance: Asian American History Through Food
  • Chapter 7 – Japanese Americans and Chick-Sexing
  • Part 8 – Chapter Three: Food and “Pin@y Time”: Mapping the Filipino American Experience
  • Chapter 9 – Timeline of Filipino American History
  • Part 10 – Chapter Four: Deconstructing the Model Minority Image: Asian Pacific Americans, Race, Class, Gender and Work
  • Chapter 11 – Southeast Asian Refugees Groups and the Barriers They Face
  • Part 12 – Chapter Five: Building Allies: Linking Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Studies
  • Chapter 13 – Alan’s Story: Female-to-Male Transexual Straight Man
  • Part 14 – Chapter Six: Globalization and Transnationalism Role-Playing Activity: Korean Immigrants and the Garment Industry
  • Chapter 15 – Globalizations’ “Race to the Bottom” Creates Sweatshops
  • Chapter 16 – Sweatshops in Our Backyards
  • Chapter 17 – A Los Angeles Garment Worker’s Experience
  • Part 18 – Chapter Seven: Expressive Therapies for Asian American Clients: The Value of Nonverbal Sand Tray Therapy
  • Part 19 – Chapter Nine: Representations of Asian Americans in Advertising: Constructing Images of Asian Americans
  • Part 20 – Chapter Ten: Ripping Up Culture: Helping Students Reconnect with Their Cultural Values
  • Part 21 – Part Two: War, Colonialism, and Imperialism
  • Part 22 – Chapter Eleven: Paradise and the Politics of Tourist Hawai’i
  • Chapter 23 – From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i
  • Part 24 – Chapter Twelve: Racializing the “Enemy”: Japanese Americans after 12/7/41 and American Muslims and Arabs after 11/9/01
  • Chapter 25 – After September 11, 2001: An Asian Pacific American Perspective
  • Part 26 – Chapter Thirteen: Teaching about Muslims and Hindus in the USA: “And all they will call you will be deportee”
  • Chapter 27 – Hate Crimes Immediately after September 11, 2001
    Part 28 – Chapter Fourteen: On the Cursings and Blessings of War: Discussions for a Filipino American Experience Class
  • Chapter 29 – Filipinos and the “Negritos Americanos”: Empire and Racial Bonds
  • Part 30 – Chapter Fifteen: Addressing Redress: Japanese Americans Reparations for Their Internment During World War II
  • Part 31 – Part Three: Community Building, Learning, and Organizing
  • Part 32 – Chapter Sixteen: Making Student Leadership Development an Integral Part of Our Classrooms
  • Part 33 – Chapter Seventeen: Beyond the Egg Roll, Fortune Cookies and Paper Fans: Seeing the Residential SIde of Chinatown
  • Part 34 – Chapter Eighteen: Mobilizing Students to Respond to Community Needs—Organizing a Class around a Community Project
  • Part 35 – Chapter Nineteen: Bridging Generations: Bringing the Experiences of Illness, Health, and Aging into the Classroom
  • Part 36 – Chapter Twenty: Oral History and Multiculturalism
  • Part 37 – Chapter Twenty-One: Bridging Asian American and African American Communities
  • Part 38 – Chapter Twenty-Two: Political Tours of Our Communities: Linking “Book Knowledge” with “Lived Experiences”
  • Part 39 – Part Four: Critical Thinking Teaching Strategies
  • Part 40 – Chapter Twenty-Three: Understanding Privilege in American Society
  • Part 41 – Chapter Twenty-Four: An Exploration of Meaning: Critically Thinking about History
  • Part 42 – Chapter Twenty-Five: Generative Thinking: Using a Funding Proposal to Inspire Critical Thinking
  • Part 43 – Chapter Twenty-Six: Promoting Transgressions through the Automatic Reward System in the Literature Course
  • Part 44 – Chapter Twenty-Seven: What’s Wrong with a Colorblind Perspective: A New Model of Critical Caring for Teachers
  • Part 45 – Chapter Twenty-Eight: Modeling Whiteness: Minorities, Assimilation and Resistance
  • Part 46 – Part Five: Resources
  • Part 47 – Chapter Twenty-Nine: Web Resources for Teaching Asian American Studies
  • Part 48 – About the Editors
  • Part 49 – About the Contributors
  • Part 50 – Index

ISBN: 9780742553385 | Rowman & Littlefield Publishers