We invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 1 for We Are Facing History: Uncovering California's Hidden Stories. We will discuss often untaught stories of Asian-American, and Pacific Islander experiences that helped shape the California we know today and how studying a diverse collective history creates equitable classrooms across the state and beyond.
When & Where
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
5:30 PM – Doors open
6:00 PM – Reception
6:30 PM – Program
Helen Zia is both a writer and activist. She is the daughter of immigrants from China and was born and raised in New Jersey. Her latest book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution, was one of NPR's Best Books and a finalist for a 2020 PEN America prize. Helen's first book, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, is about the civil rights struggles of Asian Americans, and it is still used as a foundational history text in colleges and high schools. Helen also wrote My Country Versus Me with nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee, whom the FBI falsely accused of being a spy.
This year, Helen launched the Vincent Chin Institute (vincentchin.org) to counter anti-Asian bigotry and hate violence and promote solidarity. A lifelong activist, she is featured in several documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Who Killed Vincent Chin?, about the landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence. In 2010, she was a witness in the case for marriage equality that went to the Supreme Court. Helen received honorary doctorates from the University of San Francisco and the CUNY Law School. A graduate of Princeton University's first coeducational class, Helen quit medical school after completing two years. She became a community organizer, construction laborer, autoworker, and after which she discovered her life's work as a writer.
7 Must-See Films on Native American History and Life
The seven documentaries series listed below cover wide-ranging subject matter including Native American peoples’ roles within and perspectives about the film medium, the women’s rights movement, K-12 education, political leadership, literary arts, musical performance, and language protection efforts.
Members of our staff are exploring these five new books published written by a group of Indigenous authors across North America for readers ages 12 and up and we invite you to explore them alongside us. These texts address themes including Indigenous youth navigating adolescent identity, community, and resistance.
18 Teacher Resources on Native American History and Culture
Below are 18 resources that middle and high school teachers can turn to when developing lesson plans related to the roles of Native American peoples in American history and contemporary life. These resources include online exhibitions at the Smithsonian; the Smithsonian’s Native Knowledge 360° Educational Initiative; the work of the Mitchell and Hood Museums; and the growing work of Facing History in these thematic areas.
More Than Monsters: The Deeper Significance of Wendigo Stories
The wendigo stories of Algonquian peoples offer a window into the endurance of cultural resources used to transmit significant moral values, and underscore the power of Native people using these stories to engage in social critique.
Teaching Coming of Age in a Complex World: Blended Workshop Series
Experience our approach to teaching Coming-of-Age literature, designed to increase student agency, empathy, critical thinking and literacy skills, and belief they can make a difference in the world. This blended 3-part workshop series, open to educators in Boston and Cleveland, consists of two virtual meetings and one day long in person workshop.
More Like This
Donate now and together we'll build a better world
Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today and you'll help us reach even more teachers and students around the world, giving them the tools to fight back against hatred and bigotry.