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Asian American History



  • Penn Law Prof Amy Wax's Anti-Indian Rant Excludes Inconvenient History

    by Suhag Shukla

    Attributing Indian American criticism of racism to "resentment" of "the west" is rooted in ignorance of the colonial looting of the Indian subcontinent and the experiences of South Asians in general and Hindus in particular in the United States. 



  • Two Artists Unearth Hidden Histories of LA

    Devon Tsuno and Alan Nakagawa discuss the histories and daily life of the Japanese American community in Midtown Los Angeles, an area that has largely been erased from Angelenos' maps of their city. 



  • Don't Use Anti-Asian Violence to Throw More Money at Police

    by Crystal Jing Luo

    Business interests in Oakland have hijacked the safety concerns of Asian Americans to support arming police in service of real estate development that threatens low-income housing. 



  • Teaching Asian American History is Needed to Understand Complexity of Racism

    by Kathryn Gin Lum

    Asian American history shows members of Asian ethnic groups have been ranked in a hierarchy of races at some moments, and grouped together with other "heathen" groups as disqualified for inclusion in American society. Understanding this history helps to understand racism as a political order, not a response to innate difference. 



  • History Answers the Inexplicable: Interview with Madeline Hsu

    by Shirley Lung

    "Asian Pacific Americans is a census category. It does not reflect the lived experiences, in fact, of many ethnic Asian persons living in the United States....But it is politically a necessity, in part because of the racial projects at work. These killings were racially motivated."



  • Local Professor Building History of San Diego's Japanese Americans

    San Diego City College professor Susan Hasegawa describes a public history project detailing the story of San Diego's Japanese Americans before and after internment, and a librarian who supported interned children with books and messages of support.



  • Looking for the Gold Rush Town of Chinese Camp

    "Sucheng Chan, a retired historian and the author of more than 15 books on Asian American history, notes that this region, called the Southern Mines, was home to almost half of the Chinese in California in 1860," but that history is poorly preserved for visitors today.



  • Five Things Missing From Asian American History In Texas Schools

    KERA spoke to educators including historian Madeline Hsu about what Texas students are missing out on when it comes to Asian American history. They said the lack of diversity, notable figures and modern-day connection are some of the key issues.