Korean Americans are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups whose history in the United States reaches back to the late 1800s. According to the 2020 Census, Korean Americans are California’s fifth-largest Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Yet, despite our contributions to economic and community development, our presence in the K-12 setting is negligible in recognition of both curricular content and robust academic achievement.
It is essential to have a well-balanced curriculum representing diverse groups’ contributions to U.S. history and their success stories, including the hardships ethnic minority groups faced and how they overcame racial discrimination. It is vital to highlight Korean American history as well, especially in Southern California, where many Korean Americans reside and where many great Korean Americans have worked and thrived. As such, we have collaborated with scholars, educators, and community leaders to develop the Korean American Ethnic Studies curriculum and teaching resource materials, as the first step in creating a non-anti-Asian, equitable and inclusive society for all.