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A Kid's Guide to Asian American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide series) Paperback – May 28, 2007
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Grade 3-7–A collection of games, crafts, and activities from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, India, and Southeast Asia. Arranged by nationalities, each section gives a historical overview of the particular group and their immigration to America. The author touches on topics such as religion, clothing, food, racism, and contributions to society. Offset text boxes highlight prominent as well as lesser-known Asian Americans. The section on China includes recipes for honeydew bubble tea and Nian Gao (Chinese New Year cake); craft projects for paper cutting, lai see (red envelope for Chinese New Year), and a dragon lantern. Projects representing Japanese Americans include origami, face painting (kabuki style), and ikebana (flower arranging). The historical information includes discussion of the various Japanese festivals and internment camps. Similar projects and activities are included for the other countries. Some of the recipes and crafts note that adult supervision is required, and are fairly complex. The writing contains broad generalizations at times, such as Tea is very important to Chinese Americans, and it is served at every meal. Sometimes terms are not explained. When discussing religion in India, it is noted that Asian Indians may also be Christian or Zoroastrian, but the latter term is not defined or included in the glossary. The organization is at times confusing, as historical and current facts are interspersed with the activities in a haphazard manner. This is an ambitious offering that may fill a need in specialized collections, and useful for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.–DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA
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Despite this book's title, history takes a back seat to the more than 90 activities loosely connected to Asian Americans, including those of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, East Indian, and Southeast Asian descent. Brief historical and cultural information provides the context for each craft, game, food, or event, but there is not sufficient material here for student reports. No sources are cited and the lack of an index limits access to specific information. The various creative and entertaining activities, on the other hand, will add pizzazz to social studies curricula. Instructions are clear and indicate where adult supervision is required; most are accompanied by simple line illustrations, not all seen. Activities include a Japanese rock garden, Indian hand painting, and Chinese puppetry. The appended resources include a wide range of supplemental information that will be of particular interest and value to teachers. Linda Perkins
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