Attempting to Close a “Gene-race-nal” Gap

From the San Francisco Chronicle: June 12, 2016

Letters Home: Asian Americans in Support of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

“Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother: We need to talk. You may not have grown up around people who are black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.”

So begins a powerful letter involving hundreds of Asian American collaborators from across the country in support of the Black Lives Matter, co-written in the aftermath of last week’s fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers.”

Check out the actual letter here. There is a companion video as well.

 

Attempting to Close a “Gene-race-nal” Gap

From the San Francisco Chronicle: June 12, 2016

Letters Home: Asian Americans in Support of Black Lives Matter

 

Black Lives Matter
Check out the

“Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother: We need to talk. You may not have grown up around people who are black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.”

 

So begins a powerful letter involving hundreds of Asian American collaborators from across the country in support of the Black Lives Matter, co-written in the aftermath of last week’s fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers.”

Check out the actual letter here. There is a companion video as well.

 

 

 

“From a Docent” Blog: Our Ed Team’s Way of Talking Off Hours

From a Docent HeaderOne might think after talking history, social studies, immigration policy and more to and thousands (and thousands) of visitors each year, the Education Team might take a break and do something else with their lives. We do– but we also obsessively help each other out.
Our internal blog connects each interpretive guide with resources, ideas, storytelling techniques as a means of peer-to-peer learning. It gives us a chance to continually expand the canvases on which we paint the nuances of history. Lately, it seems the New Yorker has had a lot of relevant articles and essays. By no means is this an endorsement of that publication– but they have been doing their part to continue discussions of race, culture, ethnicity and gender pertaining to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
Here’s a good example of what we share with each other… “Surrendering”

 

Was Bruce Lee Enough to Break Through?

When Bruce Lee spoke with Pierre Burton on Canadian Television he made one thing clear: He would show Hollywood an authentic; a true Asian. In many ways he fought that battle inside and outside of the industry. On screen and off. In the 40 years since his death, we have hashtag campaigns to call out the race issues with the 2016 Oscars, and yet the dialogue on race is still simplified to black, white and when noted– brown (Latino)

What role do pop stars and celebrities play in breaking through glass ceilings, and more importantly, in changing our society? If media depictions of different ethnic communities continually reinforce racial and gender stereotypes– then why should we rely on media to paint the whole picture? Students have an opportunity to raise thee questions and even explore analyzing the media in your classroom. Check out this lesson from our Honoring Our Journey set: Lesson 4 

Teachers will need to scale the activity for younger grades– for the record– we have had wonderful dialogues with 3rd graders on the role of media.

Email us if you want to bounce ideas off of us or talk through using the lesson in your classroom rgupta@wingluke.org

Examining the Four Freedoms of FDR on WNYC

 

Quick Post: Listen to John Hockenberry in a series exploring the Four Freedoms as defined by FDR in January 1941 as:

  • Freedom of speech

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    1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivers his State of the Union Address which includes his detailing of the Four Freedoms.
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear

Not only did this State of the Union Address create, in a way. a new foreign relations doctrine as he presented them, it was seen by  and is still seen by many as a FDR’s doctrine for life in the United States.

 

How and where does FDR’s speech reach Asian Americans? Has the nation lived up to the promise of being free from fear? The irony is not lost on the reader of history, nor the guests Mr. Hockenberry invites to the studio.

https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#ondemand/595333

 

Fast forward to time 25:14  to hear from Japanese American ceramicist Setsuko Winchester:

https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#ondemand/595308

 

 

For Sikhs in Canada, the Wait is Over

 

” More than just an isolated “incident”, The Komagata Maru story reflects a deliberate, exclusionary policy of the Canadian government to keep out ethnicities with whom it deemed unfit to enter. These justifications were couched in racist and ethnocentric views of “progress”, “civilization”, and “suitability” which all buttressed the view that Canada should remain a “White Man’s Country”.

On May 23, 1914, a crowded ship from Hong Kong carrying 376 passengers, most being immigrants from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet on the west coast of the Dominion of Canada.” — http://komagatamarujourney.ca/incident — read more about the incident

This event has left a noticeable scar on the Sikh communities living throughout the Pacific Northwest; from British Columbia to Central California.

For others this might seem an obscure and unknown piece of Pacific Northwest History. Students can still be challenged to research the story, analyze the motivations of the Sikhs entering Canada, the Canadian government and other residents, and analyze the news reports of the day. Here are a handful of questions that might help students explore:

  • How exactly did Prime Minister Trudeau come to this decision?
  • What role did Sikh Canadians play in rectifying the legacy created by this racially charged event?
  • Why does it take a nation 102 years to formally apologize for such an action?
  • How has Canada changed since 1914 that would allow for such reconciliation?

 

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The Asian-American debate | The Chronicle

via The Asian-American debate | The Chronicle.

While the overall percentage of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) is low on a national level, we are finding that in states such as Washington, Texas, New York and California that the outcome of elections is affected by an informed voting APIA public.

Take a look at this report on electoral participation in 2012. http://www.naasurvey.com/resources/Presentations/2012-aapipes-national.pdf

In 2012 there were several ballot measures here in Washington State, and both a gubernatorial election and presidential election at stake. It turned out that the APIA vote was sufficient to swing the outcomes on several of the following ballot initiatives:

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1185 Taxes Would require either two-thirds legislative approval or a vote by the people in order to raise taxes. ApprovedOverturned
ITP Initiative 1240 Education Allow 40 public charter schools in the state over five years. Approved
VR Referendum 74 Marriage Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state. Approved
ITL Initiative 502 Marijuana Would legalize and regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older Approved
LRCA SJR 8221 Budgets To include the recommendations of the commission on state debt. Approved
LRCA SJR 8223 Education Provide authority to state research universities to invest funds. Defeated
AQ Advisory Vote 1 Taxes Declares an intent to improve the long-term sustainability of the state budget. Approved
AQ Advisory Vote 2 Insurance Delays the expiration of the pollution liability insurance agency’s funding. Approved