Census Statistics and Maps on Asian American Populations

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Yu, Timothy, “White Poets Want Chinese Culture Without Chinese People: Calvin Trillin's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" is the latest in a long artistic tradition. 8 April 2016: https://newrepublic.com/article/132537/white-poets-want-chinese-culture-without-chinese-people

Spoken Word Poetry Clips

  • Bao Phi, http://www.baophi.com/in/poetry/. A Vietnamese American poet, two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared onHBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology.

  • Tou Saiko Lee, a Hmong American hip hop spoken word poet in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. He often performs with his grandmother. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIrN9hV62D8

ESL/ Basic Studies Reading

  • Listen, Slowly (2015) by Thanha Lai: http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Slowly-Thanhha-Lai/dp/0062229184/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445962883&sr=1-1&keywords=listen+slowly+by+thanhha+lai

  • Inside Out and Back Again (2013) by Thanh Ha Lai: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Out-Back-Again-Thanhha/dp/0061962791/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445962387&sr=1-1&keywords=inside+out+and+back+again

  • The Gangster We are All Looking For (2004) by Thi Diem Thuy Le


  • Ho, Minfong, The Clay Marble, 1993, http://www.amazon.com/The-Clay-Marble-Minfong-Ho/dp/0374412294 (about a girl whose family experiences the Cambodian genocide and flee to Thailand)

Japanese American Internment and World War II

Shimabukuro, Mira, Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration (Nikkei in the Americas 1st Edition), 2016.

Shimabukuro, Robert, Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress, Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies, University of Washington Press, 2001.

  • Historical press coverage in the Puget Sound region of the Japanese internment: http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/news_colasurdo.htm

  • Japanese American National Museum: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/japanese_internment/index.html

    • Includes a link to letters from the internment camps: http://www.janm.org/exhibits/breed/title.htm

  • Internment camp Maps

  • http://www.janm.org/projects/clasc/map.htm

  • http://www.densho.org/sitesofshame/map.html

  • Internment Camp Pics

Video clips:

George Takei, https://youtu.be/cHJVJ2WCxCA  

  • CAIR: https://youtu.be/q5j_hTLOjRA

  • Racial profiling and Islamic phobia

Adams, Ansel, photography of Manzanar: http://www.loc.gov/photos/?q=ansel+adams+manzanar&st=gallery

Interim, an organization in Seattle, http://interimicda.org/project/hirabayashiplace/

Densho, a digital archive on Japanese Americans, with a focus on documenting the internment during WWII: http://www.densho.org/ - see this clip, “A Community Grows Despite Racism”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FePu1yBk9E&feature=youtu.be

The Myth of Asian American Advantage (Challenges to the Model Minority Stereotype):

  • Southeast Asian Men video: https://vimeo.com/132942590

  • Kang, Kristopher, “The Asian Advantage is a Myth, Plain and Simple.” https://medium.com/@NCAPA/the-asian-advantage-is-a-myth-plain-and-simple-6864fd5ea225#.r6n2al3yq

  • Wong, Janelle S, Op/Ed: “Source of Asian American Advantage Isn’t Values,” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/editorial-source-asian-advantage-isnt-asian-values-n443526

  • Nguyen, Sahra Vang, “The Educational Success of Some Masks Struggles for Many,” NBC News http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/educational-success-some-masks-struggles-many-n252801

  • Hsu, Madeline Y, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America), 2015. (Hardcover Book)

Conventionally, US immigration history has been understood through the lens of restriction and those who have been barred from getting in. In contrast, The Good Immigrants considers immigration from the perspective of Chinese elites--intellectuals, businessmen, and students--who gained entrance because of immigration exemptions. Exploring a century of Chinese migrations, Madeline Hsu looks at how the model minority characteristics of many Asian Americans resulted from US policies that screened for those with the highest credentials in the most employable fields, enhancing American economic competitiveness.

Ocampo, Anthony, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race, 2016. Stanford University Press.

  • Author Anthony Ocampo, is interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered, about Filipino American student identity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjjdiuL4lF4

Mixed Race/Multi-ethnic identity
  • Holding Onto The Other Half Of 'Mixed-Race', 2013 http://www.npr.org/2013/10/14/231447526/holding-onto-the-other-half-of-mixed-race

  • Personal essay: Norwegian with nappy hair doesn’t fit (no time stamp, but comments go back to 2013): http://theracecardproject.com/norwegian-with-nappy-hair-doesnt-fit/

Mental Health Resources

  • “A Hidden Tragedy – Asian American Mental Illness and Suicide,” http://newamericamedia.org/2014/05/a-hidden-tragedy----mental-illness-and-suicide-among-asian-americans.php#

  • Asian American Women and Suicide, 1 minute video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYjxFete5OQ

  • NAMI, 6-minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4iSGlAjneA

  • http://calstate.fullerton.edu/spotlight/2010/Eliza-noh-studies-suicide.asp

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), https://www.acrs.org

3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
Seattle, WA 98144 /Phone: 206-695-7600 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Phone: 800-950-NAMI

  • http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/ethnicity-health/asian-american/article-mental-health.aspx 

  • http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/pressure-rebellion-revealed-daughters-plot-kill-parents-n399651

  • Full story of Jennifer Pan: http://torontolife.com/city/jennifer-pan-revenge/

  • http://www.chaaweb.org/news/20110165/tongan-american-aims-eliminate-stereotypes-promote-wellness-within-pacific-islander-co1

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T3-qMAk2PE

Gorman, A. (April 23, 2015). When Depression and Cultural Expectations Collide: One Teenager’s Story. KQED. Retrieved from http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/23/when-depression-and-cultural-expectations-collide/

Feng, J. (April 9, 2015). These Mental Health Myths Harm the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. Everyday Feminism. Retrieved from http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/04/mental-health-myths-aapi/.

Tewari, N. (2008). Seeking, Receiving, and Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Services. In N. Tewari & A. N. Alvarez (Eds.), Asian American Psychology (pp. 575-606). Psychology Press.

Blogs and Online Magazines

  • Angry Asian Man Blog, created by Korean American former techie Phil Yu, http://blog.angryasianman.com/.

  • Hyphen Magazine, http://hyphenmagazine.com/. This is one of the few existing Asian American critical media. Based in SF, many of its editors are UC Berkeley ethnic studies graduates.

Wine Studies


Images Library



South Seattle College Faculty2

Bacho, P. (1999). Dark Blue Suit. Chao, P. (1997). Seattle, WA: University of Washington.

Chao, P. (1997). Monkey King. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
Chiu, C. (2002). Troublemaker and Other Saints. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley.
Divakaruni, C. B. (1994). Arranged Marriages. Harpswell, ME: Anchor Publishing Group.
Figiel, S. (1999). Where We Once Belonged. New York, NY: Kaya.
Ford, J. (2009). Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press.
Gruenwald, M. M. (2010). Looking Like the Enemy. My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps. Troutdale, OR: NewSage Press. (Young Readers’ Edition also available)
Ho, M. (1991). The Clay Marble. New York, NY: Square Fish.
Holthe, T.U. (2002). When the Elephants Dance. New York, NY: Crown.
Hosseini, K. (2003). The Kite Runner. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.
Houston, J. W. & Houston, J. D. (1973). Farewell to Manzanar. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.
Jen, G. (1991, 2008). Typical American. New York, NY: Vintage Contemporaries.
Kaopio, M. Jr. (2011). Up Among the Stars. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing.
Kaopio, M. Jr. (2005). Written in the Sky. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing.
Keller, N. O. (1997). Comfort Woman. New York, NY: Viking.
Kingston, M. H. (2005). The Woman Warrior. New York, NY: Everyman’s Library.
Lahiri, J. (2007). Interpreter of Maladies. (2007). Minneapolis, MN: HighBridge Co.
Lahiri, J. (2008). Unaccustomed Earth. New York, NY: Knopf.
Lahiri, J. (2003). The Namesake. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
McCabe, N. (2003). Meeting Sophie. Columbia, MI: University of Missouri.
Mochizuki, K. (2002). Beacon Hill Boys. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Murayama, M. (1975). All I Asking for Is My Body. University of Hawai’i.

Nguyen, D. (2010). Truyen Kieu (Tale of Kieu). Arlington, VA: To hop xuat ban Mien Dong Hoa Ky.

Okada, J. (1981). No No Boy. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Ostuka, J. (2011). Buddha in the Attic. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.


South Seattle College

Otsuka, J. (2002). When the Emperor Was Divine. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

Phan, A. (2005). We Should Never Meet. New York, NY: Macmillan.
Ping, W. (2007). Last Communist Virgin. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press.
Pradhan, M. (2007). The Hindi-Bindi Club. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
Rizzuto, R. R. (1999). Why She Left Us. New York, NY: HarperFlamingo.
Soltani, A. & Khalil. (2011). Zahara’s Paradise. New York, NY: First Second.
Tan, A. (1989). The Joy Luck Club. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Tan, A. (2003). The Opposite of Fate. New York, NY: Putnam.
Wendt, A. (1989). Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
Woo, S. J. (2009). Everything Asian. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne.
Yang, G. L. (2006). American Born Chinese. New York: First Second.
Yep, L & Yep, K. (2008). The Dragon’s Child. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

1 Three articles on mental health and AAPIs suggested by Jena Yang in Dec 2015 over email.

2 Sent to Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar from Dorrienne Chin, Faculty at South Seattle College in Basic and Transitional English on 1 Feb 2016. Thank you to Dorrienne for sharing this great list!

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