Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice
“For those whose stories built our communities, Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice is dedicated to the women, men, and youth whose courage and boldness to speak out have helped us to advance our future.”
-Stewart Kwoh & Russel C. Leong, editors
In 2009, Stewart Kwoh, Founder and President Emeritus of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - SoCal (then the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), instructor at UCLA Asian American Studies Center and UCLA Law School, and Russell C Leong adjunct professor at UCLA Asian American Studies Center jointly edited and published Untold Civil Rights Stories – Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice which was the first national guide of its kind for high school students, teachers, and communities. The main purpose of the book is to identify and honor individuals of Asian Pacific descent who were, and are, heroes in the struggle for civil rights and social justice.
In 2015, Pat Kwoh led a team of curriculum developers to create K-12 curriculum for the Untold Civil Rights Stories as a volunteer project manager. Pat worked with several educators to develop sixteen unit plans that paired with these stories, helping make these APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) histories more accessible to students and educators.
“Untold Civil Rights Stories is a social milestone that recognizes the unsung contributions of Asian Americans to America’s Civil Rights Movement. It shows mothers, daughters, sons and fathers — ordinary Americans — organizing around workplace, racial profiling and other issues that have affected all of us before and after 9/11. It has a broad multicultural experience and is solidly grounded in U.S. history. A must-read and a must-have for educators and students alike.”
–Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles
“Untold Civil Rights Stories is an important contribution to a broader understanding of the contemporary struggle for democratic rights. It is essential reading in order to appreciate the contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage to the fight to secure civil rights, union representation, social justice and the American Dream.”
–Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, County of Los Angeles
“An imminently useful resource for teachers and students filled with accessible, useful knowledge from a seldom seen side of American life. Behind the "model minority" stereotype are individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism, of Asian Pacific Americans who courageously stood up for their rights. Here are stories of actors, journalists, soldiers, students and citizens who suffered egregious wrongs, some public and well known, others private and subtle. From Lily Chin to Fred Korematsu, these tales make visible what has for too long been invisible to so many Americans. Changing demographics and simple justice mean we need these stories for a deeper understanding of our history and for the hope and inspiration they bring. An important contribution to the literature on multiculturalism and social justice.”
–Ronald W. Evans, Professor, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University