Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Episode 3: Good Americans

During the years of the Cold War, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as the "model minority" while also suspected as the perpetual foreigner. As Asian Americans aspire to run for national political office for the first time, an emerging culture-quake rises to the surface as they are fueled with bold ambition and hope.

Lesson Plan
Grades 8-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
This lesson will explore the model minority myth, introduced in the 1960s by publications such as The New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report, applied on Asian Americans and examine the realities and experiences of this non-monolithic community.

Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
This lesson will discuss how McCarthyism abused the First Amendment rights of Americans, how it targeted Chinese Americans during the Korean War, and modern day profiling of people in the name of national security.

Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
This lesson provides an overview of Hawaiʻi’s history as a kingdom, the development of the plantation economy in the 19th century, and the shift to statehood in the 20th century.

Grades 8-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
The lesson focuses on the first Asian Americans to run for Congress, who paved the way for future generations of Asian Americans to be politically active.

Grades 7-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
This lesson will explore past U.S. immigration laws that affected Asian immigration and naturalization, how the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 came about during the Civil Rights Movement era, and how the 1965 Act changed the demographics of the country over the next twenty years and beyond.

Grades 6-12
Subject: English Language Arts, U.S. History
Stereotyping is a form of systemic racism for Asian Americans, who have historically been stereotyped in the United States through “Yellow Peril” fearmongering—economic and societal threats.

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