Our best stories about the vast histories and cultures of Americans with ancestry in Asia and the Pacific.
Filipinos, newly arrived to West Coast cities, displayed a mastery over American cultural life thanks to their knowledge of Hollywood films.
Prohibitive laws like the 1917 Immigration Act barred many Asians from entering America. Cultural fears still determine who "deserves" to migrate.
Identifying Asian Americans as a "model minority" often erases the continued discrimination faced by Asians in America.
Chinese immigrants in the American West faced legal discrimination and fought back against it using other laws.