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Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans

Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities

Edited by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Glenn Omatsu - Contributions by Allan Aquino; Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Wayne Au; Christina Ayala-Alcantar; Eiichiro Azuma; Carl L. Bankston III; Dharm P. S. Bhawuk; 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; 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

The number of Asian American students in schools and colleges has soared in the last twenty-five years, and they make up one of the fastest growing segments of the student population. However, classroom material often does not include their version of the American experience. Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans was created to address this void. This resource guide provides interactive activities, assignments, and strategies for classrooms or workshops. Those new to the field of Asian American studies will appreciate the background information on issues that concern Asian Pacific Americans, while experts in the field will find powerful, innovative teaching activities that clearly convey established and new ideas. The activities in this book have been used effectively in classrooms, workshops for staff and practitioners in student services programs, community-based organizations, teacher training programs, social service agencies, and diversity training. Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans serves as a critical resource for anyone interested in race, ethnicity, and Asian Pacific American communities. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 350Size: 9 x 11 3/8
978-0-7425-5337-8 • Hardback • June 2006 • $119.00 • (£75.00)
978-0-7425-5338-5 • Paperback • May 2006 • $58.00 • (£39.95)
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.
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
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, UCLA Asian American Studies Center

I learned so much from reading Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans. Not only does the book uncover mounds of hidden history and surprising information, it demonstrates a wealth of participatory teaching strategies. This is an extraordinary collection. I hope these activities find their way into classrooms across the country.
Bill Bigelow, editor, Rethinking Schools

This collection is interdisciplinary in scope, encompassing a variety of social science disciplines including sociology as well as humanitites and professional education.
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