Asian American Activism: Voices, Representation, and Resistance

Start Date: July 28, 2021
End Date: August 4, 2021
Type of Course: Online Seminars and Workshops
Audience: Open to PNW first, national later as space allows
Course Description: This series of standalone workshops will explore examples of Asian American activism – past and present through the themes of identity, immigration, exclusion, protest, resilience, and expression. In looking to the past, we will work to better understand what it means to be Asian American within a contemporary context.
Beginning on July 28, 2021, with the first workshop in this series, “Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Resistance: Still Present Past” we will examine the historical legacy of anti-Asian hate crimes. The following day on July 29, the session will explore themes of immigration, identity, and activism vis-à-vis graphic novels by and about Asian Americans. Participants in this workshop will be sent Malaka Gharib’s I Was Their American Dream in advance of the workshop to read and discuss during the workshop. On August 2, the third workshop in this series will utilize excerpts from court decisions related to education (desegregation and language access) and citizenship as we examine the Asian American fight for civil rights. This series will conclude on August 4 as we introduce artistic expressions of resistance by Asian Americans within an historical context to the present.
Overall, this series is designed for secondary teachers in Social Studies, English, Language Arts, History, Government, and Visual Arts. Each workshop will focus on a subset of the themes in the larger series and will have a different curricular focus dependent upon the topic. Elementary educators are welcome and encouraged to join as content is relevant.

Registration and Info:

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Dates and Times

  • Wednesday, July 28; 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
    Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Resistance: Still Present Past
    Led by Tracy Lai and Melanie King and facilitated by Mary Roberts
  • Thursday, July 29; 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
    Asian American Graphic Novels
    Led by Kathy Whitham and facilitated by Mary Roberts, Tracy Lai, and Melanie King
  • Monday, August 2; 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
    Landmark Court Cases and Asian America
    Led by Tracy Lai and facilitated by Melanie King and Mary Roberts
  • Wednesday, August 4; 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
    Visualizing Asian American Resistance
    Led by Melanie King and facilitated by Tracy Lai and Mary Roberts

Program Benefits

  • Online resources
  • 2 Washington State OSPI clock hours per session
Offered to: All States