Asian Americans: Major Topics

Anti-Racism Resources

  • AAAS: Association for Asian American Studies: Advocacy
    Statements published by the AAAS on issues of race, ethnicity, solidarity, violence, and discrimination.

  • Anti-Asian racism (University of California)
    The UC Office of the President (UCOP) has compiled resources and statements for the UC community in response to recent incidents of anti-Asian speech and violence taking place across the U.S. UCOP staff will keep this page up to date.

  • Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI Community (Cornell University)

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
    Advancing Justice | AAJC is the voice for the Asian American community – the fastest-growing population in the U.S. – fighting for our civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. We serve to empower our communities by bringing local and national constituencies together and ensuring Asian Americans are able to participate fully in our democracy.

  • Discrimination Against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans: A Research Guide (Library of Congress)
    This guide provides contemporary and historical resources about anti-Asian American discrimination. The variety of sources here include historical photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, books, and websites on the broad topic of institutionalized racism.

  • Stop AAPI Hate
    In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition on March 19, 2020. The coalition tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


  • (ProQuest)
    Allows you to search a wide range of historical records that record specific aspects of the lives of individuals. Useful for general historical research as well as genealogical research. Includes records in the following categories: Birth, Marriage & Death; Census & Voter Lists; Immigration & Travel; Military; Schools, Directories & Church Histories; Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills; and Photos & Maps. This resource is often updated by the addition of new collections of records. Geographic scope is wide ranging. The most extensive series of records included are from the United States,  the United Kingdom, Western Europe, Canada, and Australia.
  • Border and Migration Studies Online  Icon  (Alexander Street)

    This collection of primary source documents, archives, films, and ephemera relate to significant border areas and events from the 19th to 21st centuries. It offers researchers historical context and resources, from both personal and institutional perspectives, to the growing fields of border(land) studies and migration studies, as well as history, law, politics, diplomacy, area and global studies, anthropology, medicine, the arts, and more.

  • The Faces of Irregular Migrants Photograph Collection ( The Asian Library, University of British Columbia)
    96 photographs, included images from three immigration periods; Chinese refugees from Mainland China to Hong Kong, Chinese Refugees from Vietnam to Hong Kong, and the “boat people” who arrived in British Columbia from China in 1999.
  • "Immigration Politics and Policy in the United States."   Icon                                                   
    In Oxford Bibliographies Online. An annotated list of resources with brief essayistic contextual introductions.

  • Migration to new worlds  Icon (Adam Matthew Digital)
    Explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. Including collections from 26 archives, libraries and museums, Migration to New Worlds brings together the movement and memories of millions across two centuries of mass migration. The Century of Immigration [Module 1] concentrates on the period 1800 to 1924 and covers all aspects of the migration experience, from motives and departures to arrival and permanent settlement. The Modern Era [Module 2] begins with the activities of the New Zealand Company during the 1840s and presents thousands of unique original sources focusing on the growth of colonisation companies during the nineteenth century, the activities of immigration and welfare societies, and the plight of refugees and displaced persons throughout the twentieth century as migrants fled their homelands to escape global conflict.

  • North American immigrant letters, diaries, and oral histories  Icon (ProQuest)
    Provides a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives.

  • ProQuest history vault. Immigration: records of the INS, 1880-1930  Icon
    Covers the investigations made by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the massive immigration wave of 1880-1930. The files cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930, and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS's regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.


The Internment of Japanese Americans, 1942-1946

  • Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar. 
    A rare set of photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), documenting Japanese-Americans interned at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. The collection is housed in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.
    This site documents the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished.
  • Final accountability rosters of evacuees at Japanese-American relocation centers, 1944-1946 Icon (Gale, Cengage Learning)
    One of the darker chapters in American history and one of the lesser discussed events of World War II was the forced internment, during the war, of an important segment of the American population-persons of Japanese descent. This collection provides demographic information on the "evacuees" resident at the various relocation camps.
  • Japanese American internment : records of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Icon (Gale, a Cengage Company)
    In an atmosphere of hysteria following U.S. entry into the Second World War, and with the support of officials at all levels of the federal government, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, dated February 19, 1942, gave the U.S. military broad powers to ban any citizen from a wide coastal area stretching from the state of Washington to California and extending inland into southern Arizona. The order also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the military in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. This publication consists of the documents from The Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Small Collections, “Japanese American Internment Collections,” in the custody of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.

  • Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942 to 1946. (Library of Congress)
    Produced by the Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II, these newspapers provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who were held in these camps. 
  • Japanese-American relocation camp newspapers : perspectives on day-to-day life Icon (Gale, a part of Cengage Learning)
    One of the darker chapters in American history and one of the lesser discussed events of World War II was the forced internment, during the war, of an important segment of the American population -- persons of Japanese descent. This collection, consisting of 25 individual titles, documents life in the internment camps.

  • Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA). (Calisphere, University of California)
    Contains thousands of primary sources documenting Japanese American internment.
  • Miwa Kai Papers. A collection of papers left behind by Miwa Kai, long-time Japanese Librarian at Columbia University. It offers information on Japanese-American life, including wartime relocation (Ms. Kai herself was a resident of the Topaz Relocation Center), and communications with Relocation Center residents. The papers are held at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. 
  • National Japanese American Student Relocation Council Records, 1942-1946. (University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Digital)
    The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, speeches, minutes of meetings, and ephemera held at the University of Oregon.
  • Personal justice denied : public hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981 Icon ( Gale, Cengage Learning)
    The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was established by act of Congress in 1980. Between July and December 1981, the CWRIC held 20 days of public hearings in Seattle, WA; Alaska; Washington, D.C; New York, New York; Chicago, Ill.; Cambridge, MA; and, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. This publication consists of the testimony and documents from more than 750 witnesses: Japanese Americans and Aleuts who had lived through the events of WWII, former government officials who ran the internment program, public figures, internees, organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League, interested citizens, historians, and other professionals who had studied the subjects of the Commission's inquiry. Many of the transcripts are personal stories of experiences of evacuees. Documents include publications, reports, press releases, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. related to the hearings.

  • Topaz Japanese-American Relocation Center Digital Collection. (Utah State University, Digital History Collections)
    School yearbooks and literary magazines written and illustrated by Topaz residents offering insight into the life, activities, and feelings of the Japanese Americans held there from 1942-1945. These and other items owned by Utah State University Library are part of its Topaz Japanese-American Relocation Center Digital Collection.
  • Topazu Nihongo Toshokan (Topaz Japanese-language Library). An entrance beam carved out of a large cedar log by a Topaz resident, which hung over the entrance of the library in the Topaz Relocation Center. It is now part of the Special Collections of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.


  • Literature Online Icon (ProQuest)
    A fully searchable collection of more than 355,000 works of English-language poetry, drama and prose from various nations and regions and spanning many centuries. Also includes key resources for reference and literary criticism.The "Search Primary Texts" screen allows you to limit serach by "Author Nationality" and/or "Author Ethnicity."