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Hess Scholar Digital Humanities Assignments 2021: Resources

Current Scholarship


  • Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation: Non-profit organization committed to preserving the history of Asian-American immigration in the US.
  • Calisphere: Asian Americans: University of California-sponsored digital archive of documents and images. Includes collections on Cambodian Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Hmong Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Laotian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Vietnamese Americans
  • Digital Public Library of America: There are images spanning from the 1870s until now that may be potentially relevant for a project.
  • A grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity.

History, Memoir and Biography: Texts

A list of some suggested texts by or about early figures in Asian American history.

Ida Pruitt, "A Daughter of Han: Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman" An as-told to autobiography written by a long-time American resident in China.

Buwei Yang Chao, "Autobiography of a Chinese Woman," memoir of a woman who became half of a noted husband-and-wife team of scholars of Chinese linguistics 

Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, "A Daughter of the Samurai," memoir of the first Japanese woman to visit America.

Janice P. Nishimura, "Daughters of the Samurai," biography of three Japanese sisters who also were early visitors to America,

Yung Wing, the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university (Yale). There is a lot written about him.

Isabella Bird, intrepid Victorian traveller and pioneering photographer, took many pictures of China.

 Ernest Fenollosa was a pioneering scholar of Asian (especially Japanese) art. He was an important influence on Ezra Pound.

Robert H. Van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat and scholar of Chinese esoterica. He is best known now as the author of  the Judge Dee series of detective novels, written in the Chinese style. 


The Poetry Foundation: link to their page on Asian American Voices in Poetry.

"5 Asian American Poets you should know" (and an example poem for each)

GARRETT HONGO : “The Legend” 

VIJAY SESHADRI : “The Disappearances” 

KIMIKO HAHN : “The Ashes

VICTORIA CHANG : “Barbie Chang’s Tears” 


Museums and Galleries

AAPI in the Media