May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re reprising some of our best content on the history and cultures of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and South Asian descent.
May 19, 2022
The passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 marked the first time the United States prohibited immigration based on ethnicity and national origin.
October 14, 2015
Asians are on track to become the fastest growing U.S. population by the next half-century. We look at the history of Asian immigration, past and present.
January 22, 2020
The makings of our modern resettlement system can be traced back to the fallout of the Vietnam War, a cascade of international crises stoked by the U.S.
January 18, 2021
Before 1945, many Vietnamese migrants to the United States were laborers. One was Ho Chi Minh.
August 14, 2019
The AP dropped hyphens from expressions of heritage such as "Asian American." Some scholars are asking, with or without hyphens, aren't we all "American"?
November 20, 2022
Capitalizing on stereotypes earned Chinese-American practitioners patients, but it also helped keep them confined to the margins of American society.
October 20, 2022
The migration of Asian people—from India, from China, from Japan—to South America and the Caribbean began as early as the sixteenth century.
April 23, 2022
Filipinos, newly arrived to West Coast cities, displayed a mastery over American cultural life thanks to their knowledge of Hollywood films.
March 9, 2016
Identifying Asian Americans as a "model minority" often erases the continued discrimination faced by Asians in America.
November 27, 2020
Uniting for better wages and working conditions, a remarkably diverse coalition of laborers faced off against agribusiness.
February 3, 2020
Colonial education administrators recruited teachers from the mainland, but soon realized another strategy was in order.
April 20, 2020
We should learn from, instead of repeating, the racist assignations of the past.
December 5, 2016
Trump ally Carl Higbie recently cited Japanese internment camps during World War II as a “precedent” for a proposed registry of Muslims in the U.S.
January 5, 2016
Chinese immigrants in the American West faced legal discrimination and fought back against it using other laws.
May 23, 2021
Chinese American girls played an innovative style of basketball on the playgrounds of San Francisco, and dominated the court.
March 15, 2023
In 1953, the US Department of State sent ceramicist and author Constance Wong—known professionally as Jade Snow Wong—on a four-month goodwill tour of Asia.
June 9, 2018
Asian American detectives played by actors Anna May Wong and Keye Luke had a minor but notable place in 1930s and 40s Hollywood.
June 19, 2019
Revisiting an essential Asian American work, beloved for its synthesis of neocolonialism, postmodernism, and central queer and female characters.
January 14, 2018
Since the late 90s, K-Pop has been one of South Korea's most important cultural exports. Fans have a deeply emotional attachment to the music.
February 25, 2016
Eddie Aikau was a surfing legend during a time when Hawaiian legends were being resurrected. As a lifeguard, he attempted more than 500 daring rescues.
May 21, 2021
Chien-Shiung Wu disproved a fundamental law of physics—a stunning achievement that helped earn her male colleagues (but not her) a Nobel Prize.
March 2, 2023
Despite the historical gulf between canonical and recent immigrant writing, one constant is the mark that new immigrant artists leave on US literature.
March 13, 2023
Culinary discourse—whether in fiction, memoir, or cookbook—sets in motion an extended discussion about food, nostalgia, and national identity
November 5, 2017
The groundbreaking 1945 cookbook, How to Cook and Eat in Chinese, that introduced Chinese cooking to white American cooks.
July 23, 2017
When you eat Indian food, what are you really eating? Chicken tikka masala was originally created to appease the palates of the British during the Raj.
January 23, 2021
In some places, that red-and-gold flair might not fly.
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