Help students contextualize current events through a broader understanding of Asian American history using these resources and tools for anti-racist teaching from WNET and PBS.
Looking for support in addressing the recent rise in anti-Asian violence with your students? Check out our recorded webinar about using media to support student discussion and contextualize current events through a broader understanding of Asian American history. You’ll find strategies and approaches for framing conversations, using writing prompts, and encouraging civil discourse and critical thinking about anti-Asian racism.
MISSION US games immerse middle and high school students in key moments in US history, and each mission is supported by a comprehensive suite of educator materials. Prisoner in My Homeland follows the experiences of teenager Henry Tanaka, whose family is forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, WA, for a prison camp in Manzanar, CA. Players grapple with the choices and challenges faced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans as they coped with their unjust incarceration during World War II. The site includes educator materials to help teachers integrate the game into the classroom and prompt further discussion and exploration with students.
This collection includes over thirty lesson plans based on the PBS Asian Americans series, which provides a fresh perspective on the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping U.S. history. You’ll find content covering the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, Filipino American farmworkers, the fight for civil rights, and much more.
These digital resources profile diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and the contemporary women who follow in their footsteps. Through the stories of Tye Leung Schulze, Margaret Chung and Anna May Wong, students learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act and study anti-Chinese propaganda from the early 1900s. The resources encourage them to think critically about anti-Chinese attitudes and sentiments during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
This teacher’s guide provides materials to support the documentary film The Chinese Exclusion Act from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and is designed to meet certain national history, social studies, geography, and common core standards for grades 5-12.
This PBS NewsHour story is accompanied by a background reading and discussion questions.
This virtual museum tour presents the diverse layers of the Chinese American experience, while examining America’s journey as a nation of immigrants. It interweaves the historical and political context of Chinese immigration to the United States with the personal stories and cultural traces of multiple generations to tie together three main threads:
1) The relationship between China and the United States; and its impact on Chinese Americans.
2) How Chinese Americans have perceived themselves in American society (and been perceived) over time.
3) The impact of Chinese Americans on American politics, culture, and life.
These resources provide teachers with tools to incorporate ethics education in the classroom, promote understanding of differing viewpoints, and foster civil dialogue about bias. The resources are organized into three categories: Understanding Bias, Experiencing Bias, and Addressing Bias.
This growing set of resources from Sesame Workshop’s Coming Together initiative provides tools, sparks conversations and supports kids as they grow into allies and advocates. Recent additions include content to specifically address anti-Asian racism as well as new resources aimed at children ages six to eight.
For additional resources, be sure to also check out these related blog posts:
- Confronting Bias, Confronting Racism: Going Deeper with Older Students
- Talking to Your Pre-Schoolers About Race
- White Privilege and Engaging in Anti-Racist Work