👉 Teachers can attend workshops about the curriculum as well as parse through suggested materials and lesson plans. (SEE BELOW)

City Cast Chicago:

What could be different on students’ syllabi this year:

Asian American History

All Illinois public elementary and high schools should be including an Asian American history unit under a first-of-its-kind law in effect this school year. 

Students could learn about Filipino farm workers’ labor contributions in California, the fatal racist assault of Detroit draftsman Vincent Chin, and more from across the Asian American diaspora, Grace Pai of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago told City Cast Chicago last year. 

👉 Teachers can attend workshops about the curriculum as well as parse through suggested materials and lesson plans

Teaching Asian American History: Free Workshops for Illinois Teachers-2023

To support implementation of the TEAACH Act, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice launched the Asian American Education Resource Database, an extensive compilation of K-12 curricular resources focused on Asian American history and experiences, and began offering professional development workshops for Illinois teachers. Please click on these links for more detailed information.


In the new video, “Waves of Immigrants: The Asian American Journey,” you can follow the treacherous and brave path of Asian Americans who came to the U.S. before us. At times, arriving freely and by choice. At times, arriving forcibly, coerced, or out of necessity. And for decades, excluded and barred from entry. Through the lens of the earliest surviving films and the eyes and pens of historical illustrators and photographers, see how, together as a community, they endured politics, imperialism, capitalistic development, xenophobia, and more. Learn how their tenacity helped shape immigrant rights – not just for Asian Americans – but for the many who came after them and are citizens of America today. Narrated by Krista Marie Yu, who starred in ABC’s “Dr. Ken” with Ken Jeong and is currently in Hulu’s “Reboot”. See this NEW video on YouTube channel.