ASIAN - PACIFIC ISLAND RESOURCES



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Specific cultural / linguistic sections have been provided to facilitate additional internet investigations including: Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Tagalog/Filipino, Vietnamese. These sections will be updated and expanded regularly.


Asia-Pacific Network

Asia-Pacific Network provides independent journalism on social, political, environmental, media and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia Society

The Asia Society was founded to foster understanding between Asians and Americans. Since the founding of the Asia Society, its programming has encompassed the public affairs, arts and cultures of all of the diverse countries of Asia, and, in response to changing demographics in the U.S., has expanded to include programs relating to Asian American issues. The Asia Society looks at all of Asia, without excluding any country, area or issue from its mandate. Dedicated to fostering an understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. A nonprofit, nonpartisan educational institution, the Asia Society presents a wide range of programs including major art exhibitions, performances, international corporate conferences and contemporary affairs programs.

Asian American Resources

This page serves as a link point to a wealth of other Asian focused efforts. The listings include clubs and organizations, media, events, and many other links addressing Asian Americans.

Asian American Students Association at Stanford

The large Asian-American population on campus includes over 30 different Asian American student groups. AASA now acts as a faciliator for these groups and as a leader for the Asian-American community. AASA is a cultural, political, and social organization.

Asian Reading Room The Library of Congress

The Asian Division Reading Room serves as a focal point to orient and assist researchers who seek to avail themselves of the immense opportunities afforded by Asian materials throughout the Library of Congress. This reading room also serves as the gateway to material in all languages about Asian American Studies, the Asian Diaspora, and the Pacific Islands. In most cases, materials written in Asian languages must be accessed through the Asian Reading Room.

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library

An extensive catalog of web sites lited by country, covering Asia and the Middle East.

Books for Young Readers - Asian/Pacific Islander

Listing of resources from the Weber State Multicultural/Bilingual Education Clearinghouse.

Documenting Asian American Literature in Books

From the University of Southern California libraries.

Himal

South Asia's first magazine.

Languages of Guam: Chamoru Lessons

The official languages on Guam are Chamorro and English. Both languages are taught in the schools and appear in official documents. The Chamorro (Chamoru) language derives its origins over 5000 years ago. It belongs to the western group of the Austronesian language family which includes the languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Palau. During its evolution, many Spanish and American words have been assimilated into it. This page provides useful and informative resources for the Chamoru language.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Taught in North America - Index

Listing of less common languages and the colleges and universities in North America where they are taught. Browse the list of languages to see where to learn different Asian languages.

National Asian American Telecommunications Association

Countering the scarcity of images of Asians in media.

Pacific Children's Literature

"To see one another more clearly" is a new project at the University of Guam College of Education. Guam, Micronesia, and their Pacific neighbors share a rich oral tradition. Storytelling is a part of every day life; there are public stories, family stories, stories for men, and stories for women. Some stories are sacred and not to be shared with outsiders, others are for all to enjoy. While the oral tradition continues to flourish, support for developing writers has been minimal. In the area of children's literature, there are very few published authors from Guam or Micronesia. Pacific Islander literature, in general, is underrepresented in the field of multicultural and international literatures. This lack of children's literature is felt most strongly in Pacific classrooms, where students rarely encounter themselves in the books they read. This project is an attempt to build a Pacific children's literature resource for all to use. A collection of Pacific book reviews and teaching ideas, spotlight on authors, illustrators and storytellers, original works by Pacific authors, Pacific and multicultural literature web resources. Created by University of Guam students and members of the Guam and Micronesian communities.
Recommended K - 12 Resources on Asia

National Project on Asia in American Schools at Columbia University in conjunction with the Committee on Teaching About Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies. Includes resources for China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asian Archive at University of California, Irvine Libraries

The Archive collects materials relating to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the United States (and to a lesser extent, worldwide), the "boat people" and land refugees, and the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. There is a special focus on materials pertaining to Southeast Asians in Orange County and California

Southeast Asia K-12 Resources: Classroom Curriculum Materials

Covers Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam and the Hmong people.
UCLA Asian American Studies Center

The Center's goal is to enrich the experience of the entire university by contributing to an understanding of the long neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans in our society."


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The nation's schools are increasingly multiracial even as the teaching force continues to be predominantly white. This juxtaposition of burgeoning "minority" school populations against dwindling numbers of "minority" teachers has drawn much scholarly attention. Yet, few studies include data on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) teachers rendering information partial, at best. This ERIC digest A. Lin Goodwin reviews available data on APIs in order to assess their presence in the teaching profession.

Annotated bibliographies and abstracts about equity and diversity posted by the ERIC Clearinghouse on trends and issues affecting Asian-Americans.

by Gary Huang. To explore the complexities of communication with Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) children and their families, this digest describes the overt and covert dimensions of the various API cultures, and discusses APIs' socioeconomic background and life experiences that affect their communication behavior. The goal is to help practitioners improve communication with APIs and, thus, more effectively educate API children.

This digest by Theresa Hsu Chao suggests that Chinese heritage community language schools (referred to here as Chinese language schools) are an integral part of the Chinese community in cities across the United States. According to a recent study by the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools, approximately 82,675 students are taking Chinese in 634 language schools across the country. This article reviews the process and the schools.

This article by S.Y. Zhang and A. Carrasquillo reviews the literature related to Chinese parents' influence on Chinese students' educational performance. Cultural values always play an important role in the educational achievement of Chinese students. Chinese parents are renowned for their willingness to sacrifice for the sake of their children's education. Parents have a significant influence in the academic performance of Chinese students.

ERIC abstracts on family involvement of Asian/Pacific Islanders. Most of the documents and journal articles have been entered into the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database. Links to ERIC Abstracts provide detailed ordering information.

by Wendy Schwartz. The enrollment of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students is increasing drastically, so it is important for school and community people to learn how to communicate with API families. Since APIs communicate very differently from native-born Americans and other immigrants, this guide describes how the backgrounds and cultures of the various API groups affect their attitudes and behavior.

Hee-Won Kang, P. Keuhn, and A. Herrellby Hee-Won Kang's article suggests that for some adults, the development of literacy may be a practical matter of economic advancement or survival. For others, it may be a matter of broader concerns such as preservation of a culture and helping to brighten the future of their children. The Hmong Literacy Project, funded by the National Institute for Literacy, encompassed all of these concerns.This article is a description of the implementation and some of the results of the project.

by Project CLASS. Comperhensive, sequential program to assist stuents to acquire the Mandarin Chinese langauge. Student Text, Student Workbook, and Teacher's Manual are provided in PDF format.

NOTE: To read this article you will need a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

by A. Duranti E. Ochs. On the basis of research on the Samoan American community of urban Los Angeles, the authors argue against two common misconceptions of multiculturalism: (1) that language is a precise indicator of cultural orientation; and (2) that members of multicultural communities are in one culture at a time. The notion of syncretic literacy is introduced to account for the ways in which the same language (in this case, Samoan or English) can be used for distinct cultural practices and the ways in which different cultural practices can be merged within the same literacy activity.



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