By Ed Diokno
An important piece of Asian American history almost went up in flames last weekend. One of the old wooden buildings in the town of Locke, California caught fire and threatened the entire town of old, wood-frame structures built by
I woke up the other day, with a book beside my pillow, because A) I’m a nerd and sometimes, books make more sense than people, and B) I was reading past midnight, and passed out, the words hopefully sinking deeper into my skin.
As of right now, I’ve been … Read more
Asian American author Naomi Hirahara portrays the fascinating history of Terminal Island in Los Angeles County, where the forced evacuation of all Japanese Americans occurred after Executive Order 9066.
In an interview with the LA Times, the co-author of Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor succinctly described this forced evacuation of 1942.… Read more
Princeton University has hired its first Asian American history professor, reports the China Daily.
Beth Lew-Williams comes from Northwestern University where she has taught in the Asian American Studies Department for two years.
“Adding Asians back into the traditional White-and-Black history of America shifts the entire story,” said Lew-Williams. “That’s what I hope they … Read more
It’s not easy being a minority either, especially one that can feel invisible.
That’s how Nomin Ujyediin describes her life at Rutgers University.
“It’s not easy being so invisible in your own country. Especially when there is so much history and diversity to counter … Read more
James Tanaka told students at Simi Valley High School that he was born in the United States and so were his parents. But none of that mattered after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Tanaka told students how he and his family were rounded up into incarceration camps and forced to sleep on straw mattresses, … Read more