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Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color
The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is recalled using letters and photographs.

Ancestors in the Americas
Explore the Asian American experience dating back to the first wave of immigrants to America.

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
Read acounts from Chinese Americans who are "living with two cultures."

Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey
The ancient Polynesian sea voyaging tradition is examined on this Web site.

Heart of the Sea
Learn about woman surfing pioneer Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn.

Hawaii's Last Queen
Explore the legacy of of Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii.

recommended web sites

Family Album Project
Numerous Japanese American and Japanese Canadian internment camp residents and professional photographers display photos of their time in the camps during the 1940s. Although cameras were considered contraband, there were many people who took photos of the relocation camps, including the fences built to keep them in. Camps represented are Manzanar, Topaz, Gila River, and Heart Mountain. Most photos are of families, friends, and camp events. Ironically, even though most cameras were confiscated, internees were able to mail out their film to be developed and would have the prints returned to the camps!
Subject: The Arts
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Made in USA: Angel Island Shhh!
Artist Flo Wong created a rice-sack flag exhibit that explores the identity secrets of Chinese immigrants detained and interrogated in the United States. 25 rice sack flags represent the interviews she had with Chinese detainees who had to lie to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Act, an 1882 federal law aimed at limiting the numbers of Chinese coming to the U.S. Many immigrants had to lie about their identities in order to be reunited with their families.
Subject: The Arts
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Immigrant and Ethnic America at HarpWeek.com
The Chinese American Experience: 1857-1892 online exhibit from Harper's Weekly online features Chinese American culture, labor, politics, and related topics including the Anti-Chinese Movement. Exclusion laws limited the immigration of Chinese to the United States but in 1943, the laws were repealed and an annual quota of 105 immigrants was set. In 1965, quotas were finally eliminated and by the end of the 20th century, there were an estimated 2.3 million Chinese-Americans. Harper's cartoonist Thomas Nast drew over 50 cartoons featuring the Chinese and their unfair treatment. Another Harper's cartoonist, Bellew, caricatured the Chinese.
Subject: The Arts; Social Studies
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Foreign Born Population
The US Census Bureau provides ample data for creating graphs and charts related to immigration of people from all regions of the world including Asia and Oceania. Reports describe the foreign-born population in the United States, profiling demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, such as region of birth, geographic distribution in the United States, age, educational attainment, earnings, and poverty status. Multimedia features include an Interactive "Pop Quiz" (get it? Population quiz?) about the U.S. foreign-born population. The quiz uses Flash but is also available in text. Some files are in PowerPoint, PDF and Excel spreadsheet format.
Subject: Math
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Documenting the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience
Over two million refugees fled from the former Indochina after 1975 when the US withdrew from Vietnam. More than half of these refugees settled in the United States. Sixty-six percent came from Vietnam, twenty-one percent are from Laos, including the Hmong, and thirteen percent of the refugees are from Cambodia. This site documents the resettlement experience of these Southeast Asian refugees by means of photos, letters, and other artifacts. Background summaries for the different cultures are provided for a period of history often neglected in textbooks.
Subject: Social Studies
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Echoes of Freedom: South Asian Pioneers in California, 1899-1965
Asian Indian men from Punjab, India began to arrive in California after hearing of high paying jobs in mills and on the railroad. Later immigrants came for higher education opportunities. This site from the University of California, Berkeley, chronicles the South Asian immigration in California. During the early 1900s, the Asian Exclusion League pressured companies to lay off Indian workers, lobbied to stop further Indian immigration, and drove Indians from their homes. In 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act, known as the Hart-Cellar Act, abolishing the "national origins" quota system. Since then, many Indian women also immigrated, which rarely happened prior to 1965.
Subject: Social Studies
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Evacuation and Internment of San Francisco Japanese - 1942
"All Japanese persons, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated from the designated area by 12:00 o'clock noon Tuesday, April 7, 1942" (Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry). Read the daily editorials and articles about the evacuation of Japanese Americans and internment in refugee camps. These primary sources from The San Francisco Museum include a 1942 San Francisco War Events timeline, the War Relocation Authority's 1943 publication "Relocation of Japanese Americans" and excerpts from Gen. DeWitt's Final Report on the Evacuation of the Japanese. Other museum resources include PowerPoint presentations of photographs by Dorothea Lange, the Tanforan Assembly Center, and the Manzanar Relocation Center. Students today might be surprised to see the widespread racism of just 60 years ago.
Subject: Social Studies
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Separate Lives, Broken Dreams
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 barred all Chinese from U.S. citizenship by naturalization, and specifically excluded Chinese laborers and their families from entering the United States. This site explores the impact that Chinese Exclusion had on individual lives, families, and entire communities in America and China. Immigration documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) introduce you to seven case studies of immigrants seeking to enter the United States. Not all stories have a happy ending in a new country.
Subject: Social Studies
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recommended books

Yoko's Paper Cranes
By Rosemary Wells
Published October 2001
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: The Arts; Reading & Language Arts
Yoko's grandmother feeds the cranes that visit the pond in her garden. Her grandfather teaches her how to fold paper cranes and other animals. When Yoko and her parents move from Japan to California, she misses her grandparents. As her grandmother's birthday approaches, she decides to send paper cranes. This is a striking introduction to origami. Wells includes directions for folding a crane, though a beginner might find them difficult to follow.
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Tanuki's Gift
By Tim Myers and Robert Roth
Published April 2003
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts
One winter night a tanuki, or raccoon-dog, knocked on the door of an old Buddhist priest and asked if he could warm himself in front of the fire. So starts a ten winter friendship. When the tanuki asks what he can do to thank the priest for his kindness, the priest's answer leads to a long separation and new wisdom.
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Chinese Brush Painting Step by Step
By Kwan Jung
Published January 2003
Grades: 9-12; Professional Development
Subjects: The Arts
The introduction to this guide presents the basic concepts, principles, and elements and describes the required tools for brush painting. Three remaining sections illustrate brush painting techniques, discuss the creation of mood and effect, and feature a gallery of Kwan Jung's art.
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Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
By Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and Meilo So
Published October 2002
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: Social Studies
This beautifully illustrated book contains lore, stories, recipes, and activities for a year of Chinese holidays. The book lists print and web resources for adults and young readers and includes a Chinese pronunciation guide. Activities and recipes are rated for difficulty.
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