Fun exercise re: Eurocentricity — pick up a U.S. world map that puts the Pacific Ocean at its center, rather than the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine if that map hung in classrooms across the country, it’s a different perspective for sure.
I shared a similar experience in school and adulthood, as I slowly came to learn about Chinese American history. To me, this subject is similar to reading multicultural stories to children in school — it’s important both for kids to see themselves reflected in the classroom and for others to see minority cultures included in the mainstream narrative of the curriculum. The alternative is a recipe for feelings of exclusion.
If I were to thumbnail important events to include in a revised history textbook, here’s where I would start: http://www.chineseamericanfamily.com/a-parents-guide-to-chinese-american-history/