ERIC Number: ED491309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans: Effectiveness Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities. Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans #15
Chen, Edith Wen-Chu, Ed.; Omatsu, Glenn, Ed.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
The legitimization of Asian American Studies as an academic discipline has led to the publication of new research, policy reports, and creative writing. Despite the plethora of new scholarship, many significant findings and critical ideas have failed to effectively reach college and high school students or the general American public. "Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans" was created for educators and other practitioners who want to use interactive activities, assignments, and strategies in their classrooms or workshops. Experts in the field of Asian American Studies will find powerful, innovative teaching activities that clearly convey established and new ideas, while those with less knowledge will appreciate the background information on issues that concern Asian Pacific Americans. The activities in this book have been used effectively in workshops for staff and practitioners in student services programs, community-based organizations, teacher training programs, social service agencies, and diversity training. "Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans" serves as a critical resource for anyone interested in race, ethnicity, and Asian Pacific American communities. Following an introduction written by Edith Chen and Glenn Omatsu, this book is organized into five parts. Part one, Definitions, Concepts, and Issues, contains the following chapters: (1) Vietnamese Boat People: Separation and Loss (Miriam Beevi Lam, James Lam, Michael Matsuda, and Diep Tran); (2) Feast of Resistance: Asian American History through Food (Tony Osumi); (3) Food and "Pin@y Time": Mapping the Filipino American Experience (Emily Porcincula Lawsin and Joseph A. Galura); (4) Deconstructing the Model Minority Image: Asian Pacific Americans, Race, Class, Gender and Work (Edith Wen-Chu Chen); (5) Building Allies: Linking Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Studies (Gina Masequesmay); (6) Globalization and Transnationalism Role-Playing Activity: Korean Immigrants and the Garment Industry (Steven Masami Ropp); (7) Expressive Therapies for Asian American Clients: The Value of Nonverbal Sand Tray Therapy (Michi Fu); (8) Representations of Asian Americans in Advertising: Constructing Images of Asian Americans (Maria Mami Turnmeyer); and (9) Ripping Up Culture: Helping Students Reconnect with Their Cultural Values (Masaru Torito). Part two, War, Colonialism, and Imperialism, presents the next group of chapters: (10) Paradise and the Politics of Tourist Hawaii (Wayne Au); (11) Racializing the "Enemy": Japanese Americans after 12/7/41 and American Muslims and Arabs after 11/9/01 (Vivian Tseng); (12) Teaching about Muslims and Hindus in the USA: "And All Will Call You Will Be Deportee" (Amir Hussain); (13) On the Cursings and Blessings of War: Discussions for a Filipino American Experience Class (Allan Aquino); and (14) Addressing Redress: Japanese Americans Reparations for Their Internment During World War II (Wayne Au). Part three, Community Building, Learning, and Organizing, includes the following chapters: (15) Making Student Leadership Development an Integral Part of Our Classrooms (Glenn Omatsu); (16) Beyond the Egg Roll, Fortune Cookies and Paper Fans: Seeing the Residential Side of Chinatown (Andrew Leong); (17) Mobilizing Students to Respond to Community Needs--Organizing a Class around a Community Project (Glenn Omatsu); (18) Bridging Generations: Bringing the Experiences of Illness, Health, and Aging into the Classroom (Grace J. Yoo); (19) Oral History and Multiculturalism (Miriam Beevi Lam, James Lam Michael Matsuda, and Diep Tran); (20) Bridging Asian American and African American Communities (Ajay T. Nair ); and (21) Political Tours of Our Communities: Linking "Book Knowledge" with "Lived Experiences" (Glenn Omatsu). Part four, Critical Thinking Teaching Strategies, contains the next group of chapters: (22) Understanding Privilege in American Society (W. David Wakefield); (23) An Exploration of Meaning: Critically Thinking about History (Laura Uba); (24) Generative Thinking: Using a Funding Proposal to Inspire Critical Thinking (Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi); (25) Promoting Transgressions through the Automatic Reward System in the Literature Course (George Uba); (26) What's Wrong with a Colorblind Perspective: A New Model of Critical Caring for Teachers (Christina Ayala-Alcantar); and (27) Modeling Whiteness: Minorities, Assimilation and Resistance (Sheena Malhotra and Aimee Carrillo Rowe). Part five, Resources, presents the final chapter of the book: (28) Web Resources for Teaching Asian American Studies (Glen Ommatsu). Brief sections presenting information about the editors and contributors and an index conclude the book.
Descriptors: Workshops, American Studies, Pacific Americans, Asian Americans, Faculty Development, Cultural Awareness, Vietnamese People, Food, Ethnic Stereotypes, Gender Issues, Racial Factors, Social Class, Sexuality, Global Approach, Role Playing, Industry, Korean Culture, Immigrants, Counseling Techniques, Ethnicity, Advertising, Muslims, Arabs, Japanese American Culture, Tourism, War, Leadership Training, Cultural Pluralism, Aging (Individuals), Multiculturalism, Oral History, African Americans, Critical Thinking, Social Class, Thinking Skills, Teacher Attitudes
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