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

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Edith Wen-Chu Chen, Glenn Omatsu
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2006 - Education - 316 pages
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"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."--Publisher's website.
  

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Contents

Vietnamese Boat People Separation and Loss
7
The Experiences of Vietnamese Refugee Children in the United States
10
A Vietnamese American Refugees Story
17
Feast of Resistance Asian American History Through Food
19
What Is Chick Sexing?
26
Piny Time Mapping the Filipino American Experience
27
Timeline of Filipino American History
35
Deconstructing the Model Minority Image Asian Pacific Americans Race Class Gender and Work
41
Teaching about Hindus and Muslims in the United States of America And all they will call you will be deportee
139
Hate Crimes Immediately after September 112001
150
On the Curses and Blessings of War Discussions for a Filipino American Experience Class
153
Empire and Racial Bonds
160
Addressing Redress Japanese Americans Reparations for Their Incarceration during World War II
163
Community Building Learning and Organizing
181
Making Student Leadership Development an Integral Part of Our Classrooms
183
Beyond the Egg Rolls Fortune Cookies and Paper Fans Seeing the Residential Side of Chinatown
195

Southeast Asian Refugee Groups and the Barriers They Face
55
Building Allies Linking Race Class Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Studies
57
A FemaletoMale Transsexual Straight Man
73
Globalization and Transnationalism RolePlaying Activity Korean Immigrants and the Garment Industry
75
Globalizations Race to the Bottom Creates Sweatshops
83
Sweatshops in Our Backyard
84
A Los Angeles Garment Workers Experience
85
Expressive Therapies for Asian American Clients The Value of Nonverbal Sand Tray Therapy
87
Are High Achieving Asians Individualists?
95
Representations of Asian Americans in Advertising Constructing Images of Asian Americans
103
Ripping Up Culture Helping Students Reconnect with Their Cultural Values
109
War Colonialism and Imperialism
113
Paradise and the Politics of Tourist Hawaii
115
Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
121
Racializing the Enemy Japanese Americans after 12741 and American Muslims and Arabs after 91101
125
An Asian Pacific American Perspective
136
Mobilizing Students to Respond to Community Needs Organizing a Class around a Community Project
205
Bridging Generations Bringing the Experiences of Illness Health and Aging into the Classroom
215
Oral History and Multiculturalism
223
Bridging Asian American and African American Communities
235
Critical Thinking Teaching Strategies
245
Understanding Privilege in American Society
247
An Exploration of Meaning Critically Thinking about History
255
Generative Thinking Using a Funding Proposal to Inspire Critical Thinking
261
Promoting Transgressions through the Automatic Reward System in the Literature Classroom
269
Whats Wrong with a Colorblind Perspective? A New Model of Critical Caring for Teachers
279
Modeling Whiteness Minorities Assimilation and Resistance
285
Resources
293
Web Resources for Teaching Asian American Studies
295
Index
307
About the Contributors
311
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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.

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