By: Belkis Moreno and Emily Bermudez


What or who do you think of when you see or hear the word Latinx? What or who do you think of when you see or hear the word Asian? Do these two identities ever intersect in your mind? That’s what we investigated for this project. I bet you’re wondering, why should you still keep reading, well here’s why. This listicle conveys the intertwined histories and experiences of Asian and Latinx people by looking at communities such as Chinese Cubans, Chinese Mexicans, Japanese Brazilians, and Filipinos to expand and contribute to the meaning…

By Jack Phillips

Throughout American history Asian Americans have been seen as unhygienic and carriers of disease. From the fears of syphilis during the Chinese Exclusion act to the labeling of Covid-19 as “Kung Flu” by former president Donald Trump, and the accompanying rise in anti-Asian hate crimes the Asian American body has long been viewed as a site of contamination that threatens American safety.

This article aims to combat these dangerous and harmful assumptions by highlighting a few of the achievements and contributions to medicine made by Asian Americans.

  1. Har Bin Khorana

Born in 1922 in a village called…

By Gaileen Andal

CAST/HIST 260: Asian American History, Spring 2021

The recent rhetoric of COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” has led to an increase in anti-Asian sentiment, enabling Americans to scapegoat Asians for the global spread of the pandemic because of how the term associates the virus with Asian ethnicity. This vilification of Asians, especially Chinese, as “unsanitary, disease-spreaders” is, unfortunately, nothing new in US history. In fact, as the following list of events shows, this practice has been in use in the US since the 19th century. Such events help disprove that the recent increase in hatred towards Asian…

By: Emily Shimabukuro

For many people, their first and only exposure to Japanese American history was a brief paragraph about Japanese internment during the WWII chapter of their history textbook. However, the history of Japanese Americans is more than one of the most regrettable decisions in American history. Even then, many people have cursory knowledge about Japanese Internment at best. Additionally, diversifying historical education requires people to learn that the history of minorities extends beyond what white people have done to them. This listicle aims to both inform readers more deeply about Japanese internment, and provide new, more complete information about Japanese and…

By Jaimie Yue, Michelle Li, and Hans Chou

CAST/HIST 260: Asian American History, Spring 2021

While China has no national cuisine and comprises a rich, diverse, and unique array of dishes, Chinese food has taken on several denotations in the United States. Similar to fast food, it is quick, cheap, reliable, ubiquitous and tasty-- nearly every American can name a dish like General Tso’s Chicken or fried rice. However, Chinese food has also been labeled unhealthy or Chinese restaurants called unsanitary, while others decry certain dishes as “fake” Chinese food. These trends are closely linked to histories of anti-Chinese sentiment…

By Lansing Clark

Asian Americans have long resisted exclusion and racism in the U.S., despite the common assumption that many are passive and compliant. Less is known about Asian American resistance and protest in U.S. history, but it is absolutely imperative that we learn about it. This list gives diverse examples of resistance but is by no means extensive. Less obvious and more indirect forms of protest are included in order to expand this definition of activism.

  1. Community organizations in the 19th and early 20th centuries

In the 19th and early 20th c., Asian American immigrants turned to ethnic organizations…

By Perry Mayo, Kasadi Shock, and Stella Silverstein

The representation of Filipino Americans in sports in the United States is few and far between, and very few Filipino athletes are widely recognized. Of the many Filipino athletes who have left indelible marks on the American sporting and cultural worlds, this list highlights eight individuals who every American should know about, but probably does not. Throughout history, Asian Americans have come up against many obstacles in the process of assimilation, as “Americanness” has become so synonymous with “whiteness.” These athletes have shown that a pathway to assimilation and acceptance of Filipinos…

By Kara Nepomuceno

CAST/HIST 260: Asian American History, Fall 2017

Filipinos have been in North America since the 1700s, but remain invisible in most narratives of US history. The history of Filipino Americans provides many examples which subvert the model minority myth, and can inform today’s efforts to seek justice for other marginalized communities.

This list describes some of the ways that Filipino Americans have challenged oppression in the 20th century.

1. Telling their stories

Book cover of America is in the Heart. Photo credit: Amazon Books

Carlos Bulosan was a labor activist as well as writer, known for his book America is in the Heart: A Personal History. This book centered around the lives of…

by Alex Chuang

CAST/HIST 260: Asian American History (Fall 2017)

The US Immigration system has long been one of exclusion and criminalization. Even under the Obama administration, hundreds of thousands of people with strong ties to the US were detained and deported for minor law violations. Recent policy changes under the Trump administration have only increased the threatening of the security, wellbeing, and livelihoods of immigrants in America. …

By Kenneth Kitahata

CAST/HIST 260: Asian American History (Fall 2017)

Exploring myths in Asian American history is a good way to root out stereotypes about Asian Americans. When harmful myths are perpetuated, people and their experiences can be generalized and society loses a chance to correct history. After a semester in Asian American History, we explore and debunk 8 myths about Asian Americans.

  1. Myth: Commodore Perry “Opened” Japan

While many Americans believe Japan had been isolated from the world prior to Commodore Perry’s expedition in 1953, there was significant contact with foreigners prior to this encounter. For example, before the…

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