We believe in the power of stories and their ability to remind us who we are and who we want to be. Our first curriculum focuses on Chinese Americans and their history in the United States. Spanning almost five centuries, the history of Chinese in America has witnessed labor exploitation, ostracization, and Exclusion as the Chinese became the first targets of America’s anti-immigrant legislation. However, theirs is a story of resilience: even at the lowest points, Chinese Americans formed coalitions and fought for their rights while building robust communities.
The Immigrant History Initiative aims to preserve such immigrant narratives, which are often forgotten or ignored. We plan to produce additional curricula and bring more immigrant stories to life.
To access our lesson plans free of charge, please fill out the below form. We ask all users to provide their information to help us better track and evaluate our lesson plan usage. After completing the form, you will be directed to a new page with the full curriculum for download as well as individual lesson units on the transcontinental railroad, Chinese exclusion, World War II, and Asian American identity.
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