Entries by Adam Strom

Classroom Resource: Facundo the Great

Discussions about names can provide opportunities to build community, open up conversations about culture, engage students in the study of history through first person stories, explore literary characters, and to foreshadow the dilemmas of integration. In this short animation from Story Corps, Ramon Sanchez reflects on names in his “small farming community in southern California […]

Educator Spotlight: Literature and Social Studies Resources for Teaching about Immigration

Brian Fong is the kind of colleague you dream about. He is kind, considerate, and full of ideas. He is also the kind of teacher who has bookshelves and files full of great resources for teaching just about any subject. I used to work with Brian at Facing History and Ourselves where we found ourselves […]

Your Story, Our Story

The Tenement Museum‘s “Your Story, Our Story” online immigration storytelling exhibition invites students to tell their own stories through objects, and curate their own exhibition about immigration as seen through the stories of everyday objects. The Museum explains: Museums have always asked visitors to imagine the lives of objects in their historic collections. Now students […]

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race

ConversationDoc is a series of short films about issues of race and identity. The filmmakers explain, When it comes to race relations in America, there has been no shortage of rhetoric, rage and accusations—but very little discussion. THE CONVERSATION is a series of short films that will serve as a platform for dialogue on the deep […]

How Chop Suey Saved San Fransico’s Chinatown

Food can reveal a lot about a culture. Most of us can identify certain dishes that are associated with holidays and rituals, from the Thanksgiving Turkey to Sabzi Polow Ba Mahi for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Often there are stories embedded in these dishes that are passed along each time we eat them, like […]

Reflections on Identity with Kwame Anthony Appiah

On April 2016, Latino USA‘s Maria Hinojosa spoke with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. Appiah, an immigrant from Ghana, has spent much of his career reflecting on issues of identity and belonging and their significance to individuals and communities. In the interview, Appiah shares his thinking about race and emphasizes that while race is a social category, […]

The History of Anti-Mexican Lynching and Violence

In May 2016 the podcast Latino USA explored the history of anti-Mexican lynching and violence in the late 19th and early 20th century with Bill Carrigan, a history professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. You can listen to the story below. Reflection Questions How does Carrigan explain the excuses used by perpetrators of anti-Mexican lynching […]