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Asian American and Pacific Islander History

The Spring 2022 issue of The American Historian features three articles on “Asian American and Pacific Islander History.” One essay discusses the landmark case of United States v Wong Kim Ark to show how Asian Americans have historically struggled to gain both legal and social recognition of U.S. citizenship. Another article focuses on the current surge of anti-Asian American racism in the United States and shows how Asian Americans in the 1980s experienced similar instances of racial abuse. The final feature makes the case for the importance of including Asian American and Pacific Islander history in the classroom and offers a list of resources educators can use for teaching. The issue also includes a piece on how the language of Blackness has continually evolved since the eighteenth century, and a wrap-up of the OAH annual conference held in Boston in March 2022. 

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Two Japanese American boys hold their bicycles