He turned to Rocklin historians and Asian American history experts Franklin Odo, founder of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, and Ted Gong, executive director of the 1882 Foundation.
Rocklin’s expulsion of its Chinese residents in 1877 was one of nearly 200 violent anti-Chinese pogroms in California from the 1870s to the 1890s.
Instead of shuffling out obediently, 52 exiled Chinese residents filed a lawsuit for $152,000, although the suit was ultimately unsuccessful.
To change the Rocklin school district’s curriculum, the proposal first needs to be on the school board’s meeting agenda.
The legacy of Asian American history, its struggle and resistance, is a powerful reminder that Asians have carved out space in America for a long time.