LESSON: Anna May Wong
According to California History/Social Studies Standards, students in the second grade study “the lives of actual people who make a difference in their everyday lives and learn the stories of extraordinary people from history whose achievements have touched them, directly or indirectly.” In practice, the people studied tend to be from the dominant classes. People of color and/or people from marginalized communities are often overlooked. As such, the narrative of Asian Americans are excluded. Asian American individuals have made significant contributions and lasting impacts. Anna May Wong, for example, was a trailblazer in the entertainment industry; she continues to inspire Asian Americans today. Her story, as well as many others, deserve to be heard.