May is Asian Pacific Islander History Month, a time of growth and a time of reflection. Throughout American history, when opportunities for progress and change erupted for Asian Americans, so too did discrimination, exclusion, and violence. This rings true even in our current times.
To understand the Asian America of today, we must examine the roots and trajectories of past generations of Asian Americans.
Let us journey back to the very beginning and retell our story: the Asian American story.
There is a recurring theme of contradiction in this history. Asian Americans have been praised as the very best America has to offer, while also condemned as the very worst. Rather than a constant upward trend of progress, history moves in endless cycles.
- Ancestors in the Americas: Asian American History Timeline
- Asian Americans — PBS Documentary (2018)