Credit: San Francisco State University student Darien Roeurth.
This is a short video made by an SFSU student of our Main Library event on the Transcontinental Railroad on April 29, 2018. Check it out!
Credit: San Francisco State University student Darien Roeurth.
The California Academy of Sciences is seeking a Chinese-Bilingual Educator
They are looking for Cantonese-bilingual applicants in particular, but also welcome candidates fluent in Mandarin.
They do not require candidates to have technical or scientific translation/interpretation skills, but language fluency is one of their requirements, as they are trying to better support the language needs of SFUSD students within their programs.
The position would be a great fit for someone who
In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month and in commemoration of the 1869 completion of the Transcontinental Railroad:
When and Where
Sunday, April 29, 2018
12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.
San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
San Francisco, CA
• Craft activities for all ages (rock rubbings, railroad logos, maps, create a diorama of Chinese railroad workers, make a paper train)
• Book Displays about Chinese Railroad Workers
• See examples of Chinese Railroad Food
• Activities (balance heavy baskets with poles, lift a section of iron rail, touch a replica of a railroad spike, match railroad logos, use replica money for snacks)
• Media (Power Points, DVD) for elementary, middle, and senior high school
• Poster Displays of the Chinese role in the Central Pacific Railroad
• See a map of railroads built by Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) in the late 1800s
• Goody Bag for first 50 kids under 12
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT)
Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Square and Circle Club
The Magazines & Newspaper Center, San Francisco Public Library
This event is partially funded by the Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) Fund at San Francisco State University and the Lonnie K. Chin Curriculum Grant.
Come support scholarship recipients from these SFUSD schools!
Current High Schools: Washington, Marshall, SF International, Mission, Lowell, Lincoln, John O'Connell, and Galileo.
Former Middle Schools: A.P. Giannini, Aptos, Francisco, Gateway, Marina, Presidio, and Roosevelt.
Former Elementary Schools: E.R. Taylor, Garfield, Gordon J. Lau, Jefferson, R.L. Stevenson, Sutro, and Yick Wo.
See below for the full list!
Date: April 27, 2018
Venue: Imperial Garden
Address: 2626 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
Parking: MLK has graciously opened up their parking lot on Bacon Street (Cross Street: Brussels Street). There is street parking & bank parking after hours at your own risk.
Ada May Zhu: Galileo HS, Francisco MS, Gordon J. Lau ES
Alayna Kwan: Lowell, A.P. Giannini, Jefferson ES
Carrie Li: Galileo HS, Marina MS, Gordon J. Lau ES
Chaoming Zhang: Lowell, Marina MS, Yick Wo ES
Daniel Jai: Lincoln HS, Gateway MS, R.L. Stevenson ES
Jialin Lu: Galileo HS, China; Qifeng MS, Huangqi Primary School
Jiehua Huang (Crystal): Washington HS, Francisco MS, ES in China
Kayla Lam: Galileo HS, Presidio MS, Yick Wo ES
Linda Ngo: Washington HS, Roosevelt MS, Sutro ES
Lisha Li: Galileo HS, Francisco MS, Gordon J. Lau
Malia Rose Jenkins: Washington HS, Marina MS, Garfield ES
Meilu Huang: Galileo HS, China; Taishan Xinning MS No. 2 Elementary School in Jiangmen
Thi Luc: Thurgood Marshall HS, Vietnam; Mach Kiem Hung MS, Nguyen Viet Xuan
Victoria Louie: John O’Connell HS, Aptos MS, E.R. Taylor ES
Xinyi Tan: Mission HS, China; Guangdong Experimental MS, Shimen Experimental Primary School
Yingmei Liang: San Francisco International HS, China; Chenjinglun MS, Guifeng ES
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.