Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with EDSITEment

Miss April Lou, PS 1, Manhattan, with six Chinese children.
Miss April Lou, PS 1, Manhattan, with six Chinese children. World Telegram & Sun, 1964. Photo, Fred Palumbo. Library of Congress Division of Prints and Photographs.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, and EDSITEment resources can deepen your students’ understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture.

The website Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, examines the complicated history of the Chinese in the United States from early trade with China to immigration from the nineteenth- through the twenty-first century. It sheds light on the challenges, achievements, and diversity that have shaped the experiences of Chinese Americans. The site includes art and artifacts from a New-York Historical Society exhibition, educational resources, videos, and oral histories.

Continue your investigation with ESDITEment’s lesson plan on Adrienne Su’s poem, “Peaches.” This poem explores the complex identities many Asian Americans embody and the many emotions raised by the question “Where are you from?”

Two featured websites bring the history and culture of Pacific Islanders to students.

  • Picturing Hawai’i is a curriculum from the Honolulu Museum of Art that uses works of art from the museum to teach about the Hawaiian Islands’ history, landscape, people, and cultures. The curriculum also includes lessons on how to look at art and how to use art to teach a variety of subjects.
  • Guampedia highlights the Chamorro heritage and history of Guam and the Mariana Islands. The site features articles, photographs, audio and video recordings, and lesson plans that provide an in-depth exploration of the islands’ prehistory, colonial and American periods, and contemporary cultures.


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