AN AMERICAN NARRATIVE
PROJECTS PART OF “PERPETUAL FOREIGNER”
History in the United States is systematically taught from a Eurocentric perspective, and as a result, education has always been subjective. Textbooks contribute to the erasure of history by skipping over significant moments, including the role Asian Americans took in the foundation of our nation. They perpetuate the idea that Asian culture is merely secondary to the “American” narrative. In reality, Asian American history is American history, ever since 1565.
In this timeline, historical points in Asian American history is plotted from 1565 to now. In the center, points of typical “American” history and popular culture are plotted in order to anchor viewers to the moment and year in time.