Classroom-Ready PD: Asian American History, led by Jane Hong, Occidental College

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This module is part of our Classroom-Ready PD series, which has been designed to provide teachers with ready-made, classroom-friendly resources on topics in American history that are front-and-center in current events. This module, which is based on a live session in our How Did We Get Here? series conducted on Zoom, features a lecture on key events in Asian American history in the 19th and 20th centuries by Professor Jane Hong (Occidental College). It also includes expert advice for teaching the topic led by Gilder Lehrman Institute Master Teacher and 2017 Texas History Teacher of the Year Patience LeBlanc.


  • A lecture by Jane Hong
  • A pedagogy session with Master Teacher Patience LeBlanc
  • A certificate of completion for two hours of professional development

Visit this page to learn more about our How Did We Get Here? and Classroom-Ready PD series.

Questions? Email education@gilderlehrman.org.


Jane Hong is an associate professor of United States history at Occidental College and the author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (2019). Drawing on archives in the US, India, and the Philippines, the book charts a transnational movement to repeal America’s Asian exclusion laws at the intersection of Black civil rights and Asian decolonization. Hong appeared in two episodes of the Peabody Award-winning PBS docuseries Asian Americans (2020) and the PBS World documentary Far East Deep South (2021), and has consulted for television programs including Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and American Idol.