Cultures of the United States: Asian Americans
  • A FENCE AWAY FROM FREEDOM: JAPANESE AMERICANS AND WORLD WAR II. By Ellen Levine. Speaking poignantly, 35 former detainees recall life at manzanar and other camps. 
  • ASIAN AMERICAN CURRICULUM GUIDE:  Secondary.  St. Paul Public Schools, 360 Colbourne St., St. Paul, MN 55102. This guide is also designed to help students gain understanding of Asian Americans. Activities include examining Asian-Americans in the media, the Chinese New Year, Vietnamese lessons, Korean immigrant families and the Japanese-American Relocation.
  • ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCES: An Annotated Bibliography.  St. Paul Public Schools, 360 Colbourne St., St. Paul, MN 55102. An exhaustive listing of resources available about Asian-Americans. Includes journals, books, and folktales and is divided into cultures.
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY.  By Lan Cao and Humilice Novas.  Using a lively question-and-answer format, the authors survey seven Asian- American groups and subgroups. 
  • IN MY HEART, I AM A DANCER  by Chamroeun Yin.Philadelphia Folklore Project, 1996.  A Cambodian dancer tells the story of his life.  Children learn that not only does he dance, but he also sews, gardens, cooks, spends time with friends and is a teacher.  This is a model for teaching about cultural traditions. 
  • INDOCHINESE ACTIVITIES HANDBOOK.  Title VIII Multilingual Project, Portland Public Schools, Portland, Me., 1982.  Designed to provide English-speaking teachers with information, techniques and evaluation instruments to help meet the needs of Indochinese students.
  • JAPANESE AMERICANS: Relocation.  Mount Dura, Florida: Documentary Photo Aids. Fifteen photographs (11x14) dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans in relocation camps during World War II.
  • PHOTO AIDS ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN RELOCATION.  Zenger, 1978.  A set of 10 photographs (11x14) depicting a period of U.S. history when 110,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated from the West Coast into inland camps.
  • PORTRAITS OF ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICANS:  By Kim Sakamoto Steidl.  Good Apple, Carthage, IL, 1991.   Collection of hands-on activities combined with easy-reading biographical sketches of Asian-Pacific Americans such as Daniel Inouye, Amy Tan, "Sox" Kitashima, and astrophysicist Subrahamanyan Chandrasekhar. Word searches, creative writing, mapping, and artwork are among the highly engaging activities.  Grades 4-8. Illustrated.  8 1/2" x 11".  92 pp. 
  • THE INDOCHINESE.  Brigham Young University Language Research Center, Provo, Utah, 1981.  This 36-page booklet is an attempt at bringing together some of the best resources and guidelines as a basic handbook for sponsors, teachers, employers, and friends of Southeast Asian refugees.  The resource section at the end of the booklet can be as important as the text.
  • WHO BELONGS HERE?  An American Story.  By Margy Burns Knight, illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien.  Challenges students to explore the human implications of intolerance.  Readers follow a young Cambodian boy's journey from the brutality of Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge, to a refugee camp in Thailand, to America where, his Grandmother said, " life would be better than heaven."  Uses questions posed in the narrative to open discussions on the issue of immigration law, racism, and the diversity of cultures.  Grades 3-8.  40-pp. hardboard book plus 80-pp. activity guide.