Venue: Imperial Garden
Address: 2626 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
These portraits and biographies of outstanding APIA women were created by students from the Asian American Studies Department (AAS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and have been adapted by TACT for Grade 2. All are free downloads but a $5 donation to the TACT Curriculum Committee would be most appreciated!
Encourage students to find main ideas and draw items that depict the work of the individuals in the space around their portrait:
Ruth Asawa, Elaine Chao, Christine Chen, Heather Fong, Jacqueline Nguyen, Mine Okubo, Velma Veloria, Flossie Wong-Staal
Additional biographies may be found in TACT: Crossing Boundaries.
List of outstanding APIA Women.
UESF is preparing the field campaign to get the new parcel tax passed in June. UESF is working with a broad coalition of supporters to get our members an additional salary increase. It will be between 6 and 7% of teachers' base pay. Through polling,Cantonese-speaking voters have been identified as a key component for this election. The campaign has two job opportunities:
1. Full-time organizer- between 35 and 40 hours a week, salary range - $4000/ month
2. Part-time organizer- About 5 hours a week, @ $40 /hour. This is a UESF area organizer position. The focus of this work will be outreach to our members at sites and the families of our students.
Please contact Lita Blanc for details:
President, United Educators of San Francisco
2310 Mason Street
San Francisco. CA 94133
tel. 415 956-8373
United Educators of San Francisco has started their endorsement process for this year’s school board campaign. On Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. candidates will be interviewed by their COPE members. The recommendations from the March 10th UESF/COPE meeting will be presented to the UESF Executive Board meeting on April 4, 2018. That body will consider those recommendations and make the final UESF endorsements for school board to the Executive Board.
They will provide childcare, breakfast, and lunch and there will be a raffle at the end of the COPE meeting. Also, parking is available in the yard. Entrance is on the Bartlett Street side. Your participation is crucial!
If you have any questions, please call Anabel Ibáñez at 415-956-8373 ext. 129 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UESF/COPE Recommendation Meeting
Saturday, March 10th from 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Buena Vista Horace Mann School
3351 23rd Street.
They will be interviewing the following candidates:
Jose (JB) Tengco, Leah Pimentel, Josephine Zhao, Michelle Parker, Emily Murase, Monica Chinchilla, Mia Satya, Alida (Lee) Fisher, Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez, & Faauuga Moliga
While the news around undocumented immigrants have focused on people from Latin America, it is also a concern within the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. Of the 11.5 million estimated undocumented people, over 10% are of APIA descent. Here are the 2012 estimates according to statistics compiled from the Department of Homeland Security by ASPIRE, a youth group of the Asian Law Caucus:
Of those approximately 1.3 million undocumented APIA, some are children in our schools who have no idea that their parents had overstayed their visas. Their fears are the same as others affected by the impending changes in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program according to Hong Mei Pang of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a speaker at our recent Angel Island event on February 3.
The fear of being discovered has been a part of our history in America. After the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, we had entered or re-entered the country with false paper documents despite having contributed legitimately to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and to the growth of California agriculture as farmworkers and levee builders. From 1910-1940 Chinese had to be incarcerated for weeks, sometimes months, and interrogated to establish their identity on Angel Island. Detainees carved angry poems on its wooden walls which have been translated and preserved today.
TACT has created some PowerPoints on Angel Island for elementary and secondary schools as well as a recommended reading list.
Because the Angel Island books are for upper elementary grades, we are listing some immigration books for the primary grades.
Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. 2008. A Korean immigrant girl has to decide on a name in her new classroom. Grades PreK-1
O’Brien, Anne Sibley. I'm New Here. 2015. Immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia find their way in a kindergarten classroom. A companion book is Someone New from the point of view of their classmates who are not immigrants. Grades PreK-1
Recorvits, Helen and Gabi Swiatkowska. My Name is Yoon. 2003. A Korean girl struggles with writing her name in English. Grades PreK-2
Ringgold, Faith. We Came to America. 2016. The author illustrated her poem about the different ways people came to this country. Grades K-2, but also good for upper grades.
Yang, Belle. Hannah is My Name. 2004. A Taiwanese immigrant girl and her family have fears about working without a green card. Grades K-2
<www.youtube.cm/watch?v=5rz5whByOts> Elementary school students will enjoy this short Youtube clip of Tyrus Wong’s life, his ordeal on Angel Island, and his joy in making kites.
Collier, Irene Dea. “Why Did the Chinese Leave China?” from Chinese Americans, Past and Present. 1977. Grades 2-4
Upper Elementary Grades
Cobblestone Angel Island Edition. February 2016. A true account of the Louie family’s experience on Angel Island. https://shop.cricketmedia.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=February+2016 Grades 4-6
Currier, Katrina Saltonstall and Baghor Utomo. Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain: An Angel Island Story. 2005. A boy takes a sea journey to join his father in the U.S. Grades 3-5
Ding, Loni. Island of Secret Memories. 1988. A boy remembers his grandfather’s story about his imprisonment on Angel Island and touches upon feelings of being excluded. 20 min. Grades 3-5
James, Helen Foster and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh. Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Illustrated by Wilson Ong. 2013. A boy uses an assumed identity to enter the U.S. Grades 3-5
Lee, Milly and Yangsook Choi. Landed. 2006. The author based the story on her family’s ordeal upon entry. Grades 3-5
TACT Angel Island Power Point. Elementary Version is available on the flash drive and on Google: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1p5b7wK3xzdzFaMy1ktVoGAhrQ2xbcS1x
Wong, Don. “No. 127, San Francisco, Okay” from Chinese Americans, Past and Present. 1977. Grades 4-5
Wong, Li Keng. Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain. 2006. A teacher’s memoirs of her experiences in China, Angel Island, and the U.S. in the 1930s. Chapters from her book can be found at <http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/asian-american/angel_island/>
Yep, Laurence, and Kathleen S. Yep. The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island. HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. The authors fictionalized their family’s Angel Island interrogation.
Freedman, Russell. Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain. 2013.
TACT Angel Island: Middle and Senior High School Version:
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation < https://aiisf.org/education/resources/curriculum-guide> Interviews and resources about the many groups that passed through Angel Island.
Goh, Teow Lim. Islanders. Conundrum Press, 2016. Imagined poems of women on Angel Island.
Lai, Him Mark, and Genny Lim, Judy Yung. Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island 1910-1940. Angel Island poems are presented in a bilingual format
Lee, Erika, and Judy Yung. Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. This scholarly book also includes other immigrant groups who passed through Angel Island.
Lowe, Felicia. Carved in Sllence. Re-enactment, recitation of poems, interviews. 45 minutes.
Wong, Tyrus and Michael Labrie. Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. 2013. This book shows the art work and life of an artist who was once detained at Angel Island.
American Masters: Tyrus. Tyrus Wong is featured in this excellent film by Pamela Tom. It has been shown on the PBS series.
<http://sfbay.aspireforjustice.org/about-us-2/our-people > Asian American youth are also affected by DACA. This website has clips of their personal stories.
Recommended K-12 Readings and Resources:
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) <tactsf.org>
The Story of the Red Envelopes by Gordon Lew. This beloved classic from 1971 explains the symbols on Red Envelopes. It has been updated by TACT in 2018 with additional images. K-3 It will be on the TACT website
A New Year's Reunion, 2011 by Yu Li-Qiong with Zhu Cheng-Liang, Illustrator 2011. A girl is overjoyed when her father returns home to celebrate the New Year in China. Like many Chinese American parents, he works far away, and the time he spends is precious because he must return to work. Mandarin Chinese is used and some customs are different from the ones observed by Cantonese speakers. Grades K-2
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low. 1990. This is a story of a young boy’s conquering his fears in his first public dance under a lion’s head in New York City. The story is told with color photos and remains a classroom favorite. It has been featured in the PBS television series, Reading Rainbow. Grades 1-3.
New Year by Rich Lo 2016. An immigrant Chinese boy introduces his classmates to aspects of the New Year when asked to provide decorations for the classroom. It is based on the author’s own difficult experiences adjusting to Los Angeles. His family makes dragon boat dumplings in their New Year celebration. Grades 2-4
Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story by Steven A. Chin, 1993. This tells of the first New Year parade in America in 1851 and includes a good explanation of why people left China and the life of a Chinatown in America. The illustrations are excellent and show the historical dress, stores, and customs of the period. This book is highly recommended because of the historical dimension of the celebration. Grades 4-5
Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture by Carol Stepanchuk with Leland Wong, Illustrator 2003. This book is about many aspects of a Chinatown community, with some good information about Lunar New Year, stores, religious practices, and Lion Dances. The excellent drawings show an intimate knowledge of the community in which the illustrator was raised. Grades 4-8.
Lunar New Year Recommended Readings: Animals and the Zodiac (Elementary School: in ascending order of difficulty)
Ten Mice for Tet! By Pegi Deitz Chea and Cynthia Weill. 2003. Ten mice lead readers through the Tet with simple sentences. The book uses illustrations from beautifully embroidered pictures. PreK-1 Many Vietnamese customs are similar to Chinese customs; however, the zodiac replaces the rabbit with a cat. For an excellent explanation go to: http://vietnamesezodiac.com/vietnamese-year-of-the-cat/
Why Cats Chase Mice: A Story of the Twelve Zodiac Signs (Japanese Fairy Tale Series) by Mina Harada Eimon. 1993. A mouse tricks the cat who loses his chance to be in the animal zodiac. The story differs from the Chinese version although the animals are the same. Japan changed to the Gregorian calendar, using January 1 as its New Year in 1873. Prek-1.
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young. 1998. The illustrations are spare and dark. They capture the essence of each animal and their fierce competition to be the first in the zodiac. This is in contrast to the more colorful versions that are available. Older children might appreciate this as an art lesson, but the images might scare younger children. Grades 4-5.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library 9 AM – 12
TACT, Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, Square and Circle Club, and San Francisco Public Library co-sponsored a highly successful event to a standing room only crowd.
The Educator’s Hour included talks by Nick Bartel, Jeannie Woo, and Lorraine Dong about Angel Island, SF State APIA Biography Project, and Angel Island books respectively.
Guest Speaker Hong Mei Pang provided resources from Chinese for Affirmative Action. Retired principal Sam Louie captivated the audience with a skit about his father who was detained on Angel Island.
Claudia Jeung and Anna Eng showed a stunning array of primary data, family photos, and written records for Square and Circle Club.
TACT members and SF State students helped children with kites, red envelope origami dogs, and paper bag suitcases.
Angel Island and Lunar New Year books were on display. Lonnie Chin and Nick Bartel donated many titles for teachers in attendance.
All participants received a flashdrive which included Angel Island PowerPoints for elementary and middle/senior high, Angel Island Detainee PowerPoint from SF State’s APIA Biography Project. Book and Resource lists, PDF selections from Chinese Americans Past and Present, Lunar New Year Activities, an updated version of Gordon Lew’s Red Envelope, and Sam Louie’s story of his family. In addition to loading the flashdrives, TACT member Josephine Zhao has placed the information in a Google folder:
Members of the public were also invited to the event. School Board Commissioner Emily Murase and District One Supervisor Sandy Fewer dropped by to address the crowd and to look at the exhibits and books. The reviews from teachers, students, and the public were highly complimentary and enthusiastic.
Angel Island Immigrant Voices
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9 AM (Prop A Start Time) – 12 Noon
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library
- 351 9th Avenue, San Francisco 94118
- Enter by 10th Avenue near Geary
9:00 – 10:00 Educator’s Hour
Introduction to Angel Island/Detainee PowerPoints to use in your classroom
- Books to see and evaluate for your classroom
- SFUSD Prop A schedule for the day
- Educators and the General Public
10:00 – 10:30 “Who is an American?”
Hong Mei Pang, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
10:30 – 11:00 Angel Island Biographies
- Angel Island Family Histories
- Articles and Magazines Displays
- Educators Book Reviews
11:00 - 11:30 Play for all ages: Coming to Gum San: The experience of being a detainee at the Angel Island Immigration Station
Sam Louie, Angel Island docent and a retired SFUSD School Principal
11:30 – 12 Noon
Teachers return Prop A forms and evaluations of Angel Island books
11:30 – 1:00 Arts and Crafts activities:
- Angel Island Immigration Experience
- Lunar New Year of the Dog 2018
Educators may receive a flash drive if requested at pre-registration. You will get many resources to teach about this often-ignored part of Chinese American history.
Two ways to sign up:
1) Fill out the automated Google Form here, or
2) If you'd rather write an email, please write to Josephine Zhao (email@example.com) providing with:
- your name, school, grade level or job title, subject (if middle or senior high teacher).
- if you would like to have activities (PowerPoints, Reading Lists, Lunar New Year patterns, etc.) on a flash drive.
Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT)
Square and Circle Club
San Francisco Public Library Magazines and Newspaper Center
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, San Francisco Public Library