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By Nicholas Allen | May 15, 2020

History from Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resources:

K-12  Resources Created by The Southeast Asia Center at The University of Washington

  • K-12 Book Recommendations– The following list was compiled by Southeast Asia Center staff. Most of the book descriptions are adapted from the publisher websites or Wikipedia summaries. Grade level/lexile scores are approximate. The Southeast Asia Center does not endorse these books as accurate cultural artifacts, but rather as interesting texts which can be used to interrogate various aspects of culture and representation with students. The “national literature” suggestions will not be accessible to most high school students and are provided as suggested background reading for teachers interested in understanding national cultures.
  • Teachable Indonesia: Grades K-8
  • The Ramayanas of Southeast Asia– The Story of Rama, about a prince and his long hero’s journey, is one of the world’s great epics. It began in India and spread among many countries throughout Asia. Its text is a major thread in the culture, religion, history, and literature of millions. Through its study, teachers come to understand how people lived and what they believed and valued. As the story became embedded into the culture of Southeast Asian countries, each created its own version reflecting the culture’s specific values and beliefs. As a result, there are literally hundreds of versions of the story of Rama throughout Asia, especially Southeast Asia.
  • Where in Southeast Asia– “Where in Southeast Asia” is a new feature we’ve introduced with the goal of producing engaging questions about Southeast Asia while simultaneously building a catalog of SEA-focused historical/geographical/and cultural information available to junior- and high-school teachers for use in their classrooms. Teachers can use the questions to create a quick activity or as an opening for a longer discussion.