(Above: Japanese-American actor George Takei as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series. Takei has become an outspoken proponent of immigrant rights. From Wikimedia Commons.)
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
There are lots of resources on the web and in library databases to explore--a good way to get ideas for your next research paper.
Asian Pacific Heritage Month - A variety of government resources on Asian/Pacific Islander American history including from the Library of Congress and National Archives. Includes links to primary source documents on immigration history as well as important events to remember like the Japanese-American internment during WWII. There is also a section for teachers. Examples from the Library of Congress: Topics in Chronicling America series: Chinese Exclusion Act and Annexation of Hawaii.
Encyclopedia of Washington State History - For local history. Click the "Search" button near the middle of the banner, then under "Filter by Topic," click "Asian & Pacific Islander Americans" and hit the orange Search button. Example article: Biography of Kichio Allen Arai, "Seattle's first Asian American architect to design buildings under his own name."
Films on Demand
The library's Films on Demand database is featuring a great collection of educational films:
Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese-American Incarceration (2018, series of 2, approx. 1 hour each)
A "documentary about Japanese Americans who were forced into encampments in the United States during World War II. Utilizing in-depth interviews with former internees and their families, a rich collection of rare historic photos and film clips, and beautifully crafted re-creation scenes, Silent Sacrifice reveals the pain, shame, regret and healing that nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans endured for their country."