Available October 1, 2022, The Asian American Experience examines American history through a critical lens, exploring the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped the experiences of Asian Americans.

Look below for free learning resources from this database, including student activities, reference articles, and primary sources:

Student Activities

Who Was Wong Kim Ark?

In this activity, students will explore the historical context and consequences of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Wong Kim Ark. Primary and secondary source materials will help students evaluate the impact of the case on citizenship rights for generations to come.

Poetry of Angel Island

This primary source-based activity asks students to interpret poems written by Chinese detainees of the Angel Island Immigration Station. Historical background facilitates past-present connections between the experiences of early 20th century immigrants and those of Asian Americans today.


Asian American Political Representation

From restrictions on citizenship to modern-day discrimination, Asian Americans have faced an uphill battle for civil rights and social mobility in the United States. This essay bridges past and present experiences to help students understand the evolving conditions of Asian American political representation.

Infographic: Angel Island

Primary source photographs weave a visual narrative of the experiences endured by Asian immigrants at Angel Island, the “Ellis Island of the West Coast” that processed as many as 500,000 immigrants between 1910 and 1940.

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