Understanding Asian American History begins with students of all ages can thinking critically about issues of identity in the safe and nurturing environment of the classroom. As students explore their own identity and family and community cultures, they will be able to empathize more fully with the ethnic communities that are included in this curriculum. Students will be able to “honor the journey” both similar and unique, of other students that make up their school and community, and perhaps learn more about their own backgrounds as well.
These lessons emphasize that cultural groups and most other types of groupings are not homogeneous, or exclusive to one person, or one group. We all belong to several groups at once. These activities begin in the similar vein as the Honoring Our Journey section for upper grades. These can be shortened or lengthened as needed.