Watch: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage

Asian Americans: PBS Series

"Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played." Watch the full series on PBS or on YouTube.

 

AAPI Heritage Month from BrainPop

"What Chinese-American architect built the iconic entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris? What Filipino-American labor leader kicked off the famous Delano grape strike? And what about the veteran helicopter pilot who also happens to be the junior senator from Illinois? In the latest episode of BrainPOP News, your child can join Tim and the gang for a quiz show about some pretty impressive Asian Americans that answers these questions and more. For extra credit, discover the accompanying worksheet for a version of the game you can play at home as a family."

 

For further viewing and reading, consider the following:

 

Videos: 

  • What Pacific Islanders Want You to Know: "I had to teach myself about myself."
  • Professor Haunani-Kay Trask on the word Haole: "A Caucasian student claimed the Hawaiian word 'haole' was derogatory and equated it to the n-word. In response, Professor Haunani-Kay Trask provided a brief history of Hawai'i, discussed the decline of our language and highlighted the narrative of white supremacy in America." 
  • Asian: How You See Me: "'Chinese are not the same as Japanese, are not the same as Koreans, Filipinos, or Thai, or Indians...' We talked with people from a variety of Asian cultures about how they think the world sees them."

 

Articles:

 

Watch: Autism Acceptance

Introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, people on the autism spectrum tell the world what life is like.

"Everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function." - Dr. Temple Grandin, oral history at Colorado State University

Amazing Kids

"Listen to children from different backgrounds share their unique experiences of the autistic spectrum in their own words. We started this project by asking parents of autistic children to interview their kids and share their answers with us."

The Reason I Jump

"Based on the book by 13-year-old Naoki Higashida, 'The Reason I Jump' is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experinces of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe." (Known methods for nonspeaking autistic people to communicate in writing are controversial. The book's authenticity is unproven.)

Watch: Women's History

International Women's Day

"March 8 is International Women's Day, a day used to celebrate women all over the world and highlight Women's History Month." (via PBS Kids)

 

A global history of women's rights

"How much progress have we achieved in the global struggle for equal rights, and how much work remains? From worldwide suffrage campaigns to the rise of #MeToo and digital activism, we have marched slowly forward. But today, the fight for gender equality is far from over. Discover the noteworthy women, grassroots movements and historic milestones that have changed the world for women and girls." (via UN Women)

 

Watch: Black History

Hair Love

This Oscar-winning short film, also available as a picture book, is a sweet and joyful story about an African-American father learning to style his daughter's natural hair in his wife's absence. You might also like Heroes of Color and Little Heroes of Color, animated web series of educational videos about underrepresented historical figures including the Harlem Hellfighters and Gaspar Yanga.

 

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Do you know the story of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black National Anthem? Find resources at Here Wee Read to help you strike up a discussion about the song with your kids. Then check out Kirk Franklin's version, Beyonce's version, or any version you like best! Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina has filed a bill in Congress to make "Lift Every Voice and Sing" the U.S. National Hymn (listen to story here).

 

Black Lives Matter: An explanation for kids

Brain Pop, an animated educational site subscription, offers some free content that is age-appropriate for elementary schoolers. Consider watching and discussing this explanation of the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests with your family. To go further in depth, try Brain Pop's collection of videos about African-American historyFree video topics on this page include Fannie Lou Hamer and Muhammad Ali. For younger kids, try Brain Pop Junior, with topics including Ruby Bridges and Jackie Robinson.

 

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