Asian Pacific American History

During Asian Pacific American Heritage month, see what you know about the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans throughout history.

Quiz

During Asian Pacific American Heritage month, see what you know about the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans throughout history.

1. What island was nicknamed "Ellis Island of the West" because it was a major immigrant processing station in the early part of the twentieth century?

  • Goat Island
  • Angel Island
  • Alcatraz Island

2. Who were the Pensionados?

  • Japanese American veterans from World War II who lobbied congress for pension plans.
  • Filipino students who came to the U.S. to study medicine, agriculture, and other fields from 1903 to 1910.
  • Asian American students who started the Yellow Power movement in the 1970s.

3. What's a "picture bride"?

  • An Asian woman who agrees to an arranged marriage through the exchange of photographs.
  • A traditional ceremony in which a bride is prepared for her wedding day.
  • Any woman of Asian descent who marries interracially.

4. Why did many Laotians immigrate to the U.S. after 1975?

  • The Khmer Rouge established a state-sponsored extermination of Laotian citizens.
  • The Cultural Revolution threatened Laotian teachers and intellectuals.
  • The Pathet Lao, a Communist independent movement, came into power and Laotians feared retaliation.

5. What was the purpose of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?

  • To increase taxation of the wages of Chinese laborers.
  • To prohibit the immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.
  • To establish greater trade controls with China.

6. When did Chinese workers begin to build the Transcontinental Railroad?

7. What is the name of the Asian American cultural movement in the 1960s that advocated self-acceptance and fought racism and ethnic prejudice?

  • Brown Power Movement
  • Yellow Power Movement
  • People's Power Movement

8. In 1976, whose work incorporated Asian American history, myth, and memories of the author's family?

  • Pearl S. Buck, The Good Mother
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior
  • Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

9. What group helped to spur passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act?

  • Chinese Americans who felt discriminated against in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Cambodian immigrants who had resettled in New England.
  • Filipino American workers in the Alaskan salmon canneries.

10. What was the major reason for boycotts of Miss Saigon on Broadway in 1991?

  • The use of laborers in Asian countries to build the show's huge sets.
  • Racial stereotypes of the musical's main characters.
  • The casting of Caucasians in major Asian roles.

Your Results:

1. What island was nicknamed "Ellis Island of the West" because it was a major immigrant processing station in the early part of the twentieth century?
Angel Island

2. Who were the Pensionados?
Filipino students who came to the U.S. to study medicine, agriculture, and other fields from 1903 to 1910.

3. What's a "picture bride"?
An Asian woman who agrees to an arranged marriage through the exchange of photographs.

4. Why did many Laotians immigrate to the U.S. after 1975?
The Pathet Lao, a Communist independent movement, came into power and Laotians feared retaliation.

5. What was the purpose of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?
To prohibit the immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.

6. When did Chinese workers begin to build the Transcontinental Railroad?
1865

7. What is the name of the Asian American cultural movement in the 1960s that advocated self-acceptance and fought racism and ethnic prejudice?
Yellow Power Movement

8. In 1976, whose work incorporated Asian American history, myth, and memories of the author's family?
Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior

9. What group helped to spur passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act?
Filipino American workers in the Alaskan salmon canneries.

10. What was the major reason for boycotts of Miss Saigon on Broadway in 1991?
The casting of Caucasians in major Asian roles.

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