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#Docuhistory: Asian Americans


May 21 2020


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Watch Party & Twitter Conversation

PBS's Asian Americans

PBS's Asian Americans

#Docuhistory with Michael Salgarolo

Join us Thursday, May 21, 2020, for a screening and Twitter discussion of Part 1 of the PBS documentary, Asian Americans (2020). Part I of the documentary, entitled Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty, chronicles how new immigrants from China, Japan, and beyond adapted to life in America, building railroads, impressing in Hollywood, and fighting for equality. The first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans then have their loyalties tested during World War II ... More Info

At 5 pm EDT, we'll all stream Part 1 of the documentary online. While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderator Michael Salgarolo (@mlsalgarolo).

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, @HSGlobalHistory, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Resource List

PBS's Asian Americans

Part I, Asian Americans (2020) | Watch online

Angel Island Lesson Plans

The QKED Asian Education Initiative

Resources for teaching the history of Chinese Exclusion based on poems written on the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

View the Lesson Plans

Welga Digital Archive

The Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies

Resources and lesson plans for teaching Filipino American migration history, as well as Filipinos' role in the Delano Grape Strike and United Farm Workers Movement.

Visit the Archive

Southeast Asian Digital Archive


Resources for teaching histories of colonialism and displacement among refugee populations from mainland Southeast Asia in the United States.

Visit the Archive

Teaching Japanese-American Internment Through Primary Resources

By Marjorie Backman and Michael Gonchar | New York Times

Students use original Times reporting and other resources to investigate the forced internment of Japanese-Americans.

Read the Article

Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion: Share Your Story

New-York Historical Society

The Chinese experience in America has too rarely been told as a story at the center of American history, until now.

Visit the Website

Asian Americans and Moments in People’s History

Zinn Education Project

Brief profiles of people and events from Asian American and Pacific Islander people’s history.

Visit the Website


Michael Salgarolo

Michael Salgarolo is a Ph.D. candidate in History at New York University and a Global South Fellow at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. His dissertation, "Manila Bayou," is a history of Filipino communities in Louisiana from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, focusing on…...

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