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“Resilient Roots: Tracing Chinese-American Activism”

Creators: Rushona, Jillian, and Jiayang
High School Students from NY Historical Society
Type of Project:
  • Multimedia,
  • Other
Themes of Project:
  • Community Advocacy,
  • Immigration,
  • Social Justice
Resilient Roots Project Image

About this Project:

This timeline was designed to visually trace Chinese-American activism from its genesis to the modern day. Anti-Chinese sentiment, both on a legal and social level, has been an issue in the U.S. since the 1800s and persists even today, especially as evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic; this events of this timeline highlight significant historical moments of activism that combatted widespread anti-Chinese sentiment. Regrettably, the study of Asian-American history in its entirety has often been overlooked within the high school history curriculum, resulting in a limited awareness regarding these people’s experiences and struggles. As Asian-American students ourselves, we have been profoundly driven by a shared aspiration to educate others on the discrimination endured by the Chinese American community in particular. Crucially, our purpose extends beyond simply shedding light on the adversity they have faced; it is even more important to underscore their collective efforts in uniting to fight and advocate for themselves.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

Gemelli Briceño
👏 Manager, Design League & Volunteers at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Fantastic job, Rushona, Jillian, and Jiayang! I love this interactive timeline! It was very informative and bought awareness of the treatment of Chinese Americans throughout history. I liked the images and Word cloud to help support your text. This was amazing!

Rudy Bauer
👏 Director and Head of Enterprise HW Security Engineering at Dell Technologies — Emoti-Con Judge
Thank you!
Today I learned about the struggles of the Chinese and Asian community in the US.
Your approach at surfacing this issue in a historical timeline aided by art and concise messaging is innovative and effective

Recommend adding a section that highlights the many invaluable contributions of the Chinese community to our country

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a High School Student
I like that this website is sleek and very informative.

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