National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) recognizes the many contributions of Latin Americans, currently 17 % of our nation’s population. Latinos of Asian descent make up only a small percentage in Latin American countries, but here are some books that teachers may wish to add:
A photographic examination of changes and continuities in San Francisco Chinatown during the past 35 years prepared by Malcolm Collier, Emeritus Faculty, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University.
High school teachers, students, and staff might be interested in a photo exhibit in Chinatown's Ross Alley, opposite the fortune cookie factory. It shows changes in the Chinatown community from the 1960s in photos taken by students from San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies classes.
You can't miss this. All exhibit items will only be on display for a month with limited viewing hours.
How many of our kids and grandkids know that they may be descendants of illegal immigrants (paper sons), marriages of convenience for citizenship, or students and tourists who have overstayed their visas?
The decision of President Trump’s administration to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) also affects Asian Pacific Islander Americans. Here are some statistics from ASPIRE, a Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country housed under Asian Law Caucus based in San Francisco Bay Area:
In addition, ASPIRE has excellent short biographies of many undocumented youth from various Asian Pacific Islander groups.
The history of Chinese Americans in this country has been characterized by illegal immigration, forced by the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Action in 1882 and its aftermath. Over 90% have immigrated illegally themselves or have been descendants of illegal immigrants (Francis Leo, immigration official, 1967).
We are not just a nation of immigrants; we have long been a nation of illegal immigrants. Did the Pilgrims arrive with papers? How about the Jamestown settlers? They did not land in an empty space, but intruded upon native tribes who gave them sustenance.
Although the news has focused the DACA issue on Latino Americans, we must also remember our own history and support efforts and demonstrations to maintain this program. No evidence has been found by research conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) and the Associated Press (AP) that young people eligible for DACA adversely affect jobs, but that they contributed to the economy.
TACT is a non-profit operating under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). We are entirely volunteer-run. Our tax ID is #94-2325845.