In 2020/21 we have seen a dramatic increase in verbal and physical attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), accompanying a rise in racist rhetoric that scapegoated China for the coronavirus pandemic. Anti-Asian discrimination and racism have a long history in the U.S. and tend to worsen during periods of tension and fear. Listen to a former professor of Asian American studies and learn about the history of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. and how today’s situation parallels the past.

A teaching idea for this moment is to listen to this podcast and have your students reflect if they believe divisive speech can lead to violence.

We’ve compiled a Listenwise story collection that features a variety of stories about the experiences and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans, addressing topics such as exclusionary immigration policies, sword fighting traditions, and representation of Asian Americans in Hollywood films. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and beyond that month explore podcasts that highlight the challenges and triumphs of Asian Pacific Americans and learn about their cultural heritage. 


Listening to podcasts featuring authentic voices can connect students to specific moments in time and promote understanding of others’ perspectives. Our podcast lessons below can be flexibly integrated into instruction in a variety of ways. Use these podcasts to help students learn about the generations of Asian and Pacific Americans who have shaped and enriched America’s history.

Listenwise Stories

Culture & Identity

U.S History

World History

Politics & Society

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