Around the Globe: China

Expand/Collapse Around the Globe: China

The Around the Globe: China collection allows students to take a virtual trip to China to learn more about China’s society and culture, as well as the art of China through the centuries. Explore significant events in Chinese history, the history of U.S.-China relations, and the experiences of Chinese Americans through videos, images, documents, and lesson plans.

First Lady Michelle Obama and PBS LearningMedia also invite you on their March 2014 journey across China through blog posts and videos in the A Trip to China subcollection.

This collection is a part of the Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection.

  • Maya Lin

    This video segment from New York Voices features Chinese American architect Maya Lin.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ma Family History

    This video from Faces of America explores Yo-Yo Ma's family history and how it was preserved.

    Grades: 2-12
  • Grace Lin

    Watch an interview with Grace Lin, author and illustrator of more than 20 books — from picture books to young adult novels — for kids.

    Grades: PreK-7
  • Cecelia Chen’s Genealogy

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Cecelia Chen, a fourth-generation Chinese-American who hopes to solve a family rumor that traces their lineage to an infamous gangster in San Francisco, Big Jim Chin. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Genealogy Roadshow: San Francisco, Part 2

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow briefly introduces the Chinese Exclusion Act and its effects. Then Joshua Taylor works with Cecilia Chen, a fourth generation Chinese-American looking for facts to support her family’s stories of their lineage. 


    Grades: 6-13+
  • Documenting Brown 2: Plessy v. Ferguson

    The Supreme Court's 1896 ruling legalized the "separate but equal" doctrine that sanctioned segregation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Documenting Brown 3: Gong Lum v. Rice

    The Supreme Court's 1927 opinion in Gong Lum v. Rice affirmed legalized school segregation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and Resource Materials

    The Chinese Exclusion Act was approved on May 6, 1882. It was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States.

    Grades: 6-13+