Past Events & Recordings
November 3, 2022: IHI Asian American Leadership Program Launch Fundraiser (in-person in SF)
In anticipation of the launch of our new Asian American Leadership Program (AALP) this fall, Immigrant History Initiative (IHI) is hosting a fundraising event in San Francisco. Join us on Thursday, November 3 for an evening of food and drink at the Mission District’s Hawker Fare to learn about our work and impact. All event proceeds will support the launch of AALP, a groundbreaking program that develops a new generation of Asian American leaders through history education, identity development, and community advocacy.
LOCATION: Hawker Fare, 680 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110
DATE/TIME: Thursday, 11/3, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
June 4, 2022, 1:00 PM: Talking to Kids about Anti-Asian Hate & Identity at the ROAR Festival (in-person in NYC)
Connect in person with other parents on June 4 in NYC Chinatown! You'll learn helpful tools and strategies for broaching difficult topics around race with your children and how they can build a positive racial identity. While you're learning with IHI, your children can stay nearby and learn about the power of storytelling with Yuko Kudo! Interpretation offered in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.
LOCATION: Rivington Street Playground, Sara. D. Roosevelt Park
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 6/4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
*Registration not required, just show up!*
May 14, 2022: AAPI History: Fighting Anti-Asian Hate with IHI (in-person event at Westport, CT)
IHI is teaming up with AAPI Westport to have an in-person dinner event in Westport, Connecticut! Aimed at youth, IHI will share the often unknown stories of resilience and strength of Asian Americans in responding to injustice. Although Asian Americans are often stereotyped as foreigners or even "un-American," Asian Americans have a vibrant, centuries-long history in the United States. In response to early immigration policies and Asian exclusion for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Asian Americans continuously fought for equality and civil rights, bringing landmark cases that shaped the legal and policy landscape of the U.S. Join us for dinner and a talk as we challenge anti-Asian hate and learn about the rich history of activism and leadership in our communities.
April 21-May 12, 2022: AAPI Studies Professional Development
Immigrant History Initiative partners with Make Us Visible NJ and New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) on a professional development training series geared towards equipping educators with tools and resources to teach Asian American studies in the classroom and serve their Asian American students and families. Join us as we unpack stereotypes targeting AAPI communities and dive into the rich history of AAPI civil rights advocacy and activism. NJEA members will receive a PD certificate.
Register for all four sessions:
4/21: Who Are Our AAPI Communities?
4/28: Unpacking Stereotypes of AAPI Communities
5/5: Including AAPI Voices in Civil Rights & History
5/12: Let's Do It! Anti-racist Pedagogy in the Classroom
March 15, 2022: Beyond Atlanta
As we reflect on the anniversary of the Atlanta shootings, IHI and AHRI Center dive into Asian American history with an intersectional approach and a critical gender lens. In this free 60-minute workshop, learn the history that led to current-day dynamics around race and gender affecting Asian American communities. Interpretation into Korean provided by AHRI Center and Mandarin and Cantonese provided by the Xin Sheng Project and CSA Network.
View the recordings here (available in Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
August 04, 2021: Adding AAPI Studies to Your School's Curriculum
Join the Immigrant History Initiative and Make Us Visible NJ for a free workshop to learn how to incorporate AAPI studies into your school's curriculum!
Our co-founders will be speaking alongside Senator Vin Gopal, who introduced S4021 for AAPI Curriculum in NJ Public Schools, Kate Lee from the Asian American Education Project, Samip Mallick from SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive), and Dr. Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco Professor of International and Multicultural Education.
August 02, 2021: Restorative Justice & Anti-Asian Racism: Challenges and Opportunities
Join the Immigrant History Initiative and Smithsonian APA for a free workshop about how to address anti-Asian racism through restorative justice practices. We'll dig into more advanced RJ topics and troubleshooting.
July 26-29, 2021: Re-imagining Migration Virtual Seminar
IHI participated in a four-day virtual seminar that will introduce participants to Re-imagining Migration’s approach to advancing the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decreasing bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and helping rising generations develop the critical understanding and empathy necessary to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities.
Register for the workshop here.
July 14, 2021 Laying the Foundation: A Historically Grounded Perspective on AAPI Immigrant Survivors Today
IHI and Sanctuary For Families hosted a two-part series for attorneys on developing a trauma-informed practice for working with survivors of gender-based violence. On July 14th, Kathy Lu, IHI co-founder and Staff Attorney in the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, gave a lecture that provided a historical overview of the migration and development of AAPI communities in America, challenged assumptions about AAPI survivors, and provided trauma- and culturally-informed practice tips for pro bono attorneys working with AAPI survivors.
View the recording here.
Jan. 22, 2021 Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & Racism
On January 22, 2021, at 7 PM, join us for a free online workshop for parents to talk about Asian American identity and racism. The workshop will provide an overview of Asian American racial identity and issues around anti-Asian racism, and then offer some concrete strategies and tools, including trauma-informed practices, to discuss these topics with children (K-12) in age-appropriate ways. The workshop will be led by the Immigrant History Initiative, mental health expert Dr. Jenny Wang, and parent leaders of West Hartford, Connecticut.
If enough interest, workshop will provide simultaneous interpretation into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other languages. View the recording here.
Sept. 22, 2020 Panel with Harvard Graduate School of Education: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism
Join Immigrant History Initiative (IHI) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education to discuss strategies for addressing anti-Asian racism in the classroom. Panelists will introduce "Empathy During COVID," IHI's restorative justice-based lesson plan, and answer questions from attendees. Here is a link to the resource. Please consider viewing it prior to the webinar. https://www.immigranthistory.org/empathy.html
Sarah (HGSE '19) is an educator and restorative justice practitioner. Sarah's work focuses on social justice, identity development, community building, and mental health. Sarah has created circle resources on topics such as trauma awareness, trust-building, and transformative justice.
View the recording.
Sept. 9, 2020 Addressing Anti-Asian Racism during COVID: Restorative Justice Dialogue
Join IHI and Yale Alumni Educators for a moderated discussion on the Immigrant History Initiative's work, anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, and anti-racist strategies for tackling problematic student behavior in the classroom. IHI will present their new resource, Empathy during COVID, a free facilitation guide that uses a restorative justice framework for talking about race in this complicated context. Download the resource at immigranthistory.org/empathy.
View the recording.
July 13-16, 2020 Teaching in Uncertain Times
Join IHI for Re-imagining Migration's Summer Seminar, a unique online learning experience for K-12 teachers, school administrators, and education professionals. This seminar will introduce participants to the Re-imagining Migration’s approach to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against these youth and help all young people develop the understanding and habits of mind, heart, and civic participation to nurture inclusive communities and healthy democracies. IHI is leading a special break-out session focused on Chinese Exclusion and the physical manifestations of borders in this painful and important history.
June 12, 2020 Equity in Education
How inclusion and equity in education benefits all students in the rapidly diversifying and globalizing landscape. Featuring: Julia Wang and Kathy Lu of the Immigrant History Initiative; Steven Hernadez, Executive Director of CWCSEO; Roszena Haskins, West Hartford Public School Director of Diversity and Advancement; Nkaozer Yang, 7th Grade Geography Teacher; Yukiyo Iida, EDI Parent. Moderated by #IAMNOTAVIRUS Emily Huynh. Hosted by the Connecticut General Assembly Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and Opportunity and #IAMNOTAVIRUS.
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May 7, 2020 Addressing Anti-Immigrant Bias
IHI, Smithsonian APAC, Re-Imagining MIgration, and ADL Education discuss resources and strategies for educators to help address the wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Asian bias that has spread with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following questions are addressed:
1. Why is this important?
2. What is the impact on young people, those who are targeted and those who are witnessing the bias?
3. What resources can teachers use while teaching from home to help address it?
View the recording.