Refugees and Resettlement:
A Comparison of Southeast Asian and Central American Refugees

In this lesson students will further their understanding of historiography by writing a detailed expository paper on refugees and resettlement post Vietnam War. The focus of this historiography will be on the people of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Students will utilize the sources provided but should also be encouraged to research their own sources as well. This lesson will challenge students to critically think, research, and write a historiographic expository essay about refugees and resettlement. This essay should convey their knowledge of the subject and should clearly communicate that understanding through their research and written composition.

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LESSON AND INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL

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LESSON PLAN - Refugees and Resettlement: A Comparison of Southeast Asian and Central American Refugees
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Expository Essay Rubric
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Expository Outline Overview
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Historical Questions.
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Research Aid
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Southeast Asian Background
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What is Historiography
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The Demography of California Immigrants - Public Policy Institute of California 2001 PDF

Changing Faces of the Central Valley - The Ethic Presence PDF

California Becomes Melting Pot of 1980s - The New York Times, August 1981 PDF

A Closer Look at Fresno's Hmong Community, The New York Times, November 2019 PDF

Hmong Americans' Protest Movements and Political Incorportation in the United States, 1980-2012

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES

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The Displaced Persons Act of 1948, Truman Library Institute 

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Refugee Relief Act, 1953, Immigration History

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Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, Legal Information Institute 

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Refugee Crisis (Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, 1975, History, Art & Archives, US House of Representatives 

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Refugee Act of 1980, National Archives Foundation 

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Amerasian Immigration & Homecoming Acts of 1982 & 1987, Warbabies.org

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In Their Own Words: Celebrating, but not feeling celebrated, during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by Sarah Schafer, May 2021

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Untold Narratives: Refugee Experiences from Laos to Richmond, California 

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California's nearly forgotten history of resettling Vietnamese refugees in 1975, by Saul Gonzalez, KCRW, April 2015

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How Southeast Asian American refugees helped shape America's resettlement system, by Agnes Constante, NBC News, April 2020

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Immigration, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, 2021 

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Laotion Americans, by Carl Bankston, III, Counties and the Cultures Forum 

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The Split Horn: The Journey, ITVS 

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It's an immigration crisis few know of. And Fresno County might be at the center of it, by Yesenia Amaro, The Fresno Bee, September 2018

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How SoCal Refugees Led The Movement to Teach More Kids About Laotian History, by Josie Huang, LAist, September 2019