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As she began responding to my mother in a voice reserved for toddlers, I stepped in. From a young age, I learned to speak for my mother as authoritatively as I could. Not only did I want to dispel the derision I saw behind that woman’s eyes, I wanted to shame her with my sobering fluency for thinking what she was thinking. I have been partly drawn to writing, I realize, to judge those who have unfairly judged my family; to prove that I’ve been watching this whole time.

—Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Featured Lesson Plans

Huddled Mass or Second Class? Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S. “What is it Like to be an Outsider?”: Building Empathy for the Experiences of Immigrants

What: Anti-Defamation League Unit. This lesson helps students to build empathy and understanding for the experiences of immigrants in the U.S. Through stories, reflective writing…

The World of Haiku

National Endowment of the Arts lesson, students explore the traditions and conventions of haiku, comparing this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre…

Voices of Japanese-American Internees

What: Anti-Defamation League unit and lessons. Using video histories of Japanese-American internees during World War II, this curriculum unit provides an opportunity for high school…
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Featured Social Justice Literature for Youth

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2021, and included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love…

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei,…

Amina's Song by Hena Khan

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, it’s the last few days…
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Video & Article Pairings of the Month

Asian American Heritage Month Videos and Articles

This month we pair two videos, Write About Now Poetry: Khoi the Poet - "Asian American History" (ALERT: Adult language used) and Asian America Voices:…
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Upcoming Opportunities

  • Celilo – Never Silenced Gallery exhibit - March 1 – June 5, 2022. Features the creative talents of Indigenous artists. "As NChi’Wana (the Columbia River) runs through our communities, the past flows through us, literally, culturally, and figuratively, defining the lives of people connected to it. Wyam (Celilo Falls), sacred and primary to Indigenous people for hundreds of miles around, was destroyed by The Dalles Dam in 1957, obliterating a way of life, a thriving fishery, and far more than that." Beaverton, OR.