The Asian American Experience

ABC-CLIO’s newest curriculum and research database brings awareness and context to the study of Asian American history.

Bring Asian American history to life through rich primary source narratives, expert historical reference, and inquiry-driven student activities. Supporting features for students and educators make The Asian American Experience an all-in-one solution for more engaging and inclusive history curriculum.

Extensive primary and secondary source libraries empower students to conduct deep explorations of key issues. An ambitious scope allows for the study of social, economic, and political issues, from perspectives on immigration and labor discrimination to Asian American contributions in the fields of science, art, and culture.

Download free primary source-based resources from the database here.


As with all of our schools databases, The Asian American Experience will feature student skill building activities. Each activity includes an inquiry question, background resources to help understand and give context, sources with guides to help answer the inquiry question, and a worksheet to organize student research and thinking.

Highlights Include

  • A rich and diverse variety of primary sources, including images, audio clips, documents, and video, covering multiple dimensions of Asian American history and culture
  • Scholarly perspectives on issues of enduring importance to the Asian American community and Asian Studies researchers
  • An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of Asian Americans in the United States

Time Periods Covered

  • East Meets West: Asia and Western Expansion, 1500s-1900s
  • Early Arrivals, Immigration, and Development, 1500s-1900
  • Era of Exclusion, 1860s-1900s
  • Immigration and Community Building, 1880s-1930s
  • Wars and Their Impact, 1939-1965
  • Post-1965 Era and The Beginning Of Activism, 1965-1970s
  • Post-War Migrations, 1970s-1980s
  • Late 20th-Century Challenges and Growth, 1970s-2000
  • New Millennium, 2000-Present

The Asian American Experience is part of ABC-CLIO’s American Mosaic database series, a collection dedicated to exploring the experiences and contributions of diverse groups through history. Explore other titles in this series:

 “I encourage our teachers to use ABC-CLIO’s American Mosaic databases to bring different narratives into the US history classroom beyond the traditional: resistance narratives, counternarratives, hidden narratives, and more, so they can provide a full range of voices and lenses into the curriculum itself.”

—Melissa Seggelke, Humanities Manager, Denver Public Schools

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Discover curriculum guides, teaching tips, and on-demand training for educators in the Educator Support Site—included with every ABC-CLIO database subscription.

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The Asian American Experience.

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Features for Educators

Video lecture transcripts, outlines, and more support teachers and students in any instructional mode—flipped or blended classrooms, 1:1 or small group environments, lectures, or independent research—and come with full tablet/mobile functionality.

The Academic Success Corner inside each database provides teachers and librarians instructional support with different video series for students addressing key skills, from effective research strategies to crafting a focused thesis statement and making a compelling argument.

The research list tool allows educators to build customized lists of articles, essays, and primary and secondary sources to use in class and to assign to students.

Every subscription includes access to a database-specific Educator Support site, with tools for aligning standards, instructional guides, curriculum resources, on‑demand training videos, and more.

Alignment of all resources to either textbook or national, state, or Common Core standards supports curriculum instruction for teachers and provides librarians a framework for reinforcing material learned in the classroom.

ABC-CLIO databases are compatible with most Learning Management Systems, including Schoology, Canvas, Blender, Classlink, ITSLearning, Blackboard, and more.

A variety of authentication methods makes it easy for all educators and learners to access databases using IP authentication, referring URL, username and password, LTI key and secret, common cartridge, EBSCO authentication, and custom links with an embedded IDS.

Features for Students

The cite tool shows students the three most common forms of citation for the article being referenced: MLA, Chicago, and APA. Students are also able to export the entry to either EasyBib or RefWorks citation creators.

More than 1,800 videos in the American Government, American History, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, and World History: The Modern Era databases give students context that primes them to explore new concepts more deeply.

The Academic Success Corner features a helpful video series that gives students easy-to-follow steps for strengthening their skills in the areas of Writing, Reading, Researching and Critical Thinking.

In addition to scaffolded inquiry activities for a variety of learning levels, the text-to-speech tool transforms all resources into a read-along for students who read below grade level or who learn best through listening; the translate tool offers translation of all resources into 12 languages.

Self-assessment quizzes enable students to assess their comprehension of important concepts, direct students to resources to review when questions are answered incorrectly, and allow students to share their results.

The CLIOview feature, unique to the American Government, U.S. Geography, World Geography, World at War, World Religions, and American Mosaic databases, provides students the opportunity to make demographic comparisons between states, countries, religions, and more.

In addition to full e-mail and print functionality, options to export content to Google Drive and Dropbox facilitate collaboration between teachers and librarians and make it easy to organize and share information with students.