Explainers are short activities centered around a single primary source, map or infographic. They focus on key pieces of the story and can be taught in 10-20 minutes. Each explainer includes a few questions that you can use to guide discussion in class or ask students to respond to in writing. Explainer instructions also include background information for the teacher and ideas for how to use the primary source in the classroom.
Students review a map showing the location of the Philippines to understand its strategic importance to the United States and Japan. An excerpt of a speech by U.S. Senator Alvin Bevridge shows how Americans justified their race for empire.
Students read the diary of a Filipino soldier who survived the grueling six-day forced march and consider how race and nationality colored his experiences and interactions with American prisoners and Japanese captors.
Students analyze a Japanese propaganda poster aimed at convincing Filipinos to support the Japanese empire in order to understand the stakes of occupation of the Philippines.
Students review the text of this little known but hugely important budget-cutting law that stripped Filipino veterans of their benefits and set off a 70-year civil rights struggle.
Students read two charts showing the sources of Asian immigration to the United States since 1965 and investigate the diversity and character of Asian America today.
Students scrutinize a declassified questionnaire with a Filipino guerrilla and discover the historical importance of the little known “Guerrilla Roster” from the Philippines in World War II.
Students learn about the meaning of the Congressional Gold Medal honoring Filipino veterans, including elements of its design and the first ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Students analyze a photo of Filipino guerrillas holding an American flag to consider the experiences and expectations of Filipinos who served in the U.S. military during World War II.
Students examine a timeline of immigration laws to discuss how colonial status, race, military service and other factors affected the ability of Filipinos to immigrate to the U.S.
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