Links for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2009
Posted May 7, 2009on:
These are some links I am finding related to Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. Some I will use for display materials, and others I will highlight in a blog post for the library. This here is just a holding space for all the items, i.e. for reference purposes. However, if anyone finds them useful, take a look as well.
- From EDSITEment, feature on Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. This has some lesson plans for teachers and links.
- From California State University-Sacramento Library, the Japanese American Archival Collection. I still need to look over this, but it looks like a valuable resource.
- Banana: A Chinese America Experience, an online exhibit. From the about page: "Together, these works examine the influences which shape the lives of Chinese American youths in the U.S. The web site and the exhibition reconstruct the apartment of the fictional Lee family, second-generation Chinese Americans presently living in New York City. The Mother came from Hong Kong to the States in the 60s as a student to escape the rigid and competitive educational system there. Living with relatives, she was cut off from her parents and culture. As a Parachute kid who (metaphorically) landed in America, her experiences differed from her son¹s, who was born in New York, an Americanized Banana–yellow on the outside and white on the inside." This exhibit is from the Tenement Museum.
- Site of the town of Locke, California, that, according to the LII, "Website for this California delta town founded in 1915, which is "the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese." Features brief history and photos of points of interest such as the boarding house, Chinese School, and Dai Loy Museum (a former gambling house that was closed by state authorities in the 1950s."
- From the UC Irvine Libraries, SEAADoc: Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience. From the website, "is an educational resource of the Southeast Asian Archive at the UC Irvine Libraries focusing on post-1975 refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and the communities they have developed in the United States. It contains 1,500 visual images and 4,000 pages of searchable text selected from the Archive to represent a cross section of our holdings."
- Site of the project Children of the Atomic Bomb, "is a research website project developed by Dr. James N. Yamazaki, UCLA professor emeritus of pediatrics, together with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center" (from the website). I have to admit that this looks very interesting, but a part of me does worry that at least one person in my community may get a little sensitive (I do live in East Texas). I may put the link with a comment in the blog post anyways.
- From Library and Archives Canada, an online exhibit on "The Early Chinese Canadians: 1858-1947." I have to admit that I find interesting how the Canadians, their government especially, have managed to put out some neat things for this theme. American governmental agencies mostly have the usual proclamations and basic promotional stuff, but something like this is rare.
- This I really need to look over. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) recently released the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2008. From the looks of it, you can download the whole thing as a PDF, or you can read the tables as EXCEL files. I think there is a lot of potential for some of these UN publications in terms of reference work. Something to look into, but this I can add to my blog post/guide on Asian Pacific American resources.
- A small article from Reuters on "Chinese Writers Fail to Find Global Voice." These writers face censorship at home and ignorance about China abroad.
- Set of links from the InfoPlease website.
- The Library of Congress's page on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
- The Smithsonian's Education unit also has one.
- Scholastic has a little something on Asian Pacific Heritage.
- The Air Force has a set of posters. I did print out a couple for use on a display.
- U.S. Census Facts for Features for the month. '
- The White House Proclamation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, 2009. This was not as easy to find. For all the positive raves Obama's Administration gets about being online, transparent, and all 2.0, finding things like this on his White House site is not easy, and there is no "printer friendly" option to print out the document.
- Read Write Think has some things for teachers.
- Peace Corps had a press release for the occassion. I thought it was kind of cool, as they recognize some of their volunteers.
- The American Consulate in China has some links, mostly to things like LOC. It is interesting to see what they choose to highlight for people overseas to see.
- From a health point of view, MedlinePlus has a lot of stuff on Asian American health. I think I can use a few of these for display.
- From the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, more information on Asian American health.
- The National Park Service does have some good information on Asian American topics in National Parks for travel, sites, so on.
- Information on Asian American Heritage from IMDiversity. This I have to look at a bit more closely.
- The Official Declaration of Asian Heritage Month in Canada. A nice image, but no way to get the image in better quality (they do offer the text).
- Resource: The Center for Asian American Media.
Update note (5/11/09): Some additional links:
- The Asian American Studies Center at UCLA.
- "Asian American Literature: A Selective Bibliography" out of CSU Stanislaus.
- "Asian American Literature: Resources for research." Has links to publishers, page done by Dr. Noelle Brada-Williams.