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Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Month: Notable Historic AANHPI People

Remember Vincent Chin!

"Remember Vincent Chin!" became a rallying cry for the Asian American Civil Rights Movement. He was mistaken for a Japanese man and killed by two White men mad about the downturn of the Detroit auto industry.  One of the major tragedies was that he was going to be married the following week! Find out about the injustices, murder verdict, and more here!

Vincent Who? [Streaming Resource]

Chien-Shiung Wu: The First Lady of Physics

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung: First Licensed Asian American Aviatrix

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee: Suffragist

Anna May Wong: The First Asian American Hollywood Star


Anna May Wong :  A popular actor during the early twentieth century, Anna May Wong overcame typecasting and the prejudices of her time to become a highly respected artist. She managed to challenge negative stereotypes with her own projects and inspired a generation of Asian American actors to [...]

Bhagat Singh Thind: Soldier, Activist, Spiritual Leader

Philip Vera Cruz: Labor Activist

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink: First Woman of Color and Asian American in the U.S. House of Representatives

Ling-Ai Li: Trailblazing Chinese American Producer & Playwright

Li, Gladys Ling-Ai  (pages 162-163)

A Chinese American playwright and director, Li was born in Hawaii to the first two Chinese doctors in [...]

Duke Kahanamoku: Father of Modern Surfing, Olympic Gold Medalist

Fred T. Korematsu: Pioneering Civil Rights Leader

Dr. Margaret "Mom" Chung: First Chinese American Woman Physician