Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Perspectives and Experiences within Humanities Education

Organized around the compelling question How have Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders engaged civically and contributed to U.S. culture? and grounded in inquiry-based teaching and learning, this lesson brings history, civics, and the arts together to learn about the experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in U.S. history. Primary sources, literature, and works of art created by AAPI individuals and related organizations provide an historical as well as contemporary context for concepts and issues including civic participation, immigration, and culture.

Guiding Questions

How have Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders engaged civically and contributed to U.S. culture?

 

How have AAPI individuals and organizations engaged as civic actors in U.S. history?

 

How do art and literature provide windows, mirrors, and sliding doors to AAPI perspectives and experiences?

Learning Objectives

Analyze primary sources to determine point of view and construct arguments related to compelling questions.

Evaluate the impact of civic actions taken by AAPI individuals and organizations over time.

Analyze the artistic contributions of AAPI individuals to the political and cultural discourse in the U.S.

Create a digital artifact on the AAPI related topic you have researched that incorporates multiple perspectives and a position that responds to the compelling question. 

Key terms: civics, culture, diaspora, immigration, migration, nationality.