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Asian Immigration

Lesson Plans | Primary Sources | Landmark Cases

 

Lesson Plans:

Moving Words: Asian Immigration - Four lesson plans on Asian Immigration.


Moving Words: Asian Immigration (PDF Document)- The Chinese are the first immigrants to suffer discriminatory restrictions based on their ethnicity or race. The Japanese soon follow with less overt exclusions but equally daunting. This unit explores the connections between immigration, restriction and discrimination abundant in the United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Teaching the Chinese Immigrant's Story - Angel Island (1910-1940) - Objective: To teach kids the importance of understanding and appreciating one's history and family immigration experiences. By constructing these narratives one can look at others without judging them by their appearance, language or ethnic differences.

Reading for Information: Chinese Emigration - In this activity, students read for information on the topic of Chinese emigration and answer comprehension questions from the reading. As a challenge activity, students conduct an interview with someone who has immigrated to the United States.


Locke and Walnut Grove: Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California - The lesson could be used in units on immigration or on multiculturalism in America. The lesson also could be used to enhance the study of Asian American history.

Locke and Walnut Grove: Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California (PDF Document) - Lesson plans about the exploration of Vietnamese and Chinese traditions and the migration experience.



Primary Source Documents:

Primary Source Set: Japanese American Internment During World War II - This Primary Source Set includes images, newspaper articles, and government documents to help teach about Japanese American Internment during World War II.

Asian History
- From the University of Washington, a mixed collection of primary and secondary sources. Helps to tie in the culture with the migration and assimilation.

Mark Twain's Observations about Chinese Americans in California - In the following excerpt, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as the author Mark Twain, describes Chinese immigrants in California. The excerpt below is taken from his book, Roughing It, originally published in 1872. What was Twain's major point about people opposing Chinese immigration? Do you think Twain agreed or disagreed with the opponents of Chinese immigration?

The Chinese in California - Included are photographs, original art, cartoons and other illustrations; letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, and legal documents; as well as pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed matter. These documents describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions.

Landmark Supreme Court Decisions:

Lau v. Nichols - The failure of the San Francisco school system to provide English language instruction to approximately 1,800 students of Chinese ancestry who do not speak English, or to provide them with other adequate instructional procedures.

Polygons Lesson Plans

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