Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Did you know that May is <strong>Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month?</strong> The commemorative month honors Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The terms encompass all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
It started with a congressional bill that established Asian-Pacific Heritage week in 1977. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
May was chosen to mark the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843.
<strong>We've gathered site links and lesson plans to teach students about the heritage of Asian-Pacific Americans. </strong>
PBS Learning Media
<a href="http://gpb.pbslearningmedia.org/content/3da5b9a5-124a-48c2-bb60-6926d5475ac0/">Grace Lin - Asian author</a>
<a href="http://gpb.pbslearningmedia.org/content/foa10.soc.7-8.indsoc.whowhite/">Who's White - Profile of Queen Noor of Jordan </a>
<a href="http://gpb.pbslearningmedia.org/content/9811c0f7-bd26-4613-9eae-2ba9a6144a1a/"> Arthur episode </a>
<a title="Get lesson plans from the Library of Congress" href="http://asianpacificheritage.gov/about.html ">Get lesson plans from the Library of Congress</a><a title="Learn Japanese Language and Culture with Irasshai" href="http://www.gpb.org/irasshai">Learn Japanese Language and Culture with Irasshai </a>
GPB Digital Education Lessons (remember to login)
<strong>Grades K-2</strong>Discover Little Tokyo, a Japanese Community
<strong>Grades 3-5</strong>American Heritage: Immigration to the United States
<strong>Grades 6-8</strong>China: From Past to Present: Life in the Ancient Capital CitiesChina: From Past to Present: The Silk Road, the Great Wall and Changes in GovernmentFantastic Festivals of the World: ThailandSoutheast Asia Today: Hong KongThe Vibrant Pacific Islanders: Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanasians
<strong>Grades 9-12</strong>Fantastic Festivals of the World: ThailandPlace and People: Asia Pacific Vietnam: Tourism Take-Off