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Resources Centering Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices

MAEC is devoted to serving educators and education professionals and we encourage educators and students to take time to expand their knowledge and awareness of the experiences and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. There are many free resources available to get started, some of which are listed below.






American Pop Culture that is Inclusive of Asians and Asian Americans

Movies and TV shows can provide a window into the lives and cultures of the characters depicted in ways that can both dismantle and reinforce cultural stereotypes. When consuming movies and TVs shows that depict characters and cultures different from your own, be careful not to allow the dramatization to nurture harmful stereotypes. No cultural dramatization can fully represent the spectrum of human qualities, characteristics and cultures of any particular group of people. 


  • Tigertail (2020)
    In this multi-generational drama, a Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities.
  • The Farewell (2019)
    A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
    This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
  • To All of the Boys I Loved Before (2018)
    A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.
  • Gook (2017)
    2 Korean American brothers run a shoe store in LA county. Their friend, black 11 y.o. Kamilla, drops in and helps. This day, the Rodney King verdict ignites the 1992 LA riots.
  • Advantageous (2015)
    In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
  • The Namesake (2006)
    American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
  • In Between Days (2006)
    A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
  • Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
    A group of overachieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
  • The Joyluck Club (1993)
    The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.
  • Parasite (2019)
    Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.


  • Never Have I Ever (2020 –
    The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling’s own childhood.
  • Fresh off the Boat (2015 – 2020)A Taiwanese family makes their way in America during the 1990s.
  • The Mindy Project (2012 – 2017)
    A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.


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