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Asian American History



  • 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.



  • 11 Moments From Asian American History That You Should Know

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has begun. Historians Emily Lawsin, Andrew Leong, Jason Chang, Jane Hong, Charlotte Brooks, Vivek Bald, Chris Suh, Meredith Oda, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Helen Zia and Richard S. Kim discuss episodes all Americans should know about. 



  • Racism Has Always Been Part of the Asian American Experience

    by Mae Ngai

    Anti-Asian racism draws from different historical origins than Jim Crow, but their histories are part of the same conflict: whether White Americans are entitled to rule over other people, domestically or globally. 


  • Sadly, Hatred is Very Much American

    by Ralph E. Shaffer

    "Lieutenant Cable, and Oscar Hammerstein, had it wrong in "South Pacific."  Americans don't have to be "carefully taught " to hate. Historically, it's been inherent, one generation after another. The only change has been the target."


  • What Do John Dewey's Century-Old Thoughts on Anti-Asian Bigotry Teach Us?

    by Charles F. Howlett

    A century ago, the American philosopher and educator took a sabattical to China and concluded that, if encouraged to learn about other cultures, White Americans could be brought to acceptance of Asian Americans and other immigrants as equal participants in democracy. COVID-inspired bigotry shows this dream remains unrealized.



  • Without Asian American Studies, We Can’t Understand American Racism

    by Min Hyoung Song

    The establishment of Asian American Studies and ethnic studies programs has been essential to putting Asian American scholars (and scholars of Asian Americans) in position to engage the mass media around events like the Atlanta shootings. As those programs are under fire, it's time to recognize their value.