Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Stereotypes through Educational Materials

This session will introduce participants to educational resources, created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, that address anti-Asian racism and stereotypes, solidarity movements in US history, and why the term “Asian Pacific American” is so complicated. This session will also include a historical overview of Asian Pacific American narratives and stories, and current data showing the growth of Asian American communities across the country. As Illinois becomes the first state in the country to mandate Asian American history in public schools, there will be time for a discussion about educator needs with regards to the mandate. Participants will have access to usable resources that will help educators succeed in building a more nuanced understanding of Asian American histories and stories in the classroom.