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Border Control and Technology

The following resource utilizes articles, images and videos that describe the use of sophisticated technologies to control migration at the border between the United State and Mexico. The goal is to encourage students to understand how technology is not neutral, but functions in complex political and economic contexts, often to foster exclusion of certain racial and ethnic groups.

Columbian Exchange

This resource consists of texts and images dealing with the Columbian Exchange. Its goals is to evaluate the mixed consequences of the Columbian Exchange by examining two of its most infamous elements: small pox and chocolate.

Coolie Trade in the 19th Century

This resource consists of historical documents about Chinese coolies imported to Cuba during the 19th century. Its goal is to highlight the human experience during the coolie trade and to encourage critical thinking about how the coolie trade and coolies were portrayed and discussed internationally.

Gatekeeping

This resource presents political cartoons from four different national contexts. Its goal is to further understandings of the ways in which nation-states affect individuals' ability to move freely around the world.

Global Economy and Migration

This resource is a documentary film about global labor migration from developing countries to developed ones at the end of the twentieth century. Its goal is to encourage critical thinking about the influence that global capitalism has on local economies and individual decisions to migrate.

Immigration, Demographic Change, and National Identity

The goal of this resource is to stimulate critical thinking about how immigration relates to demographic change and shapes national identity. This resource includes two documents: one is written by a senior Japanese immigration officer who discusses Japan's immigration policy options, and the other is written by a Harvard professor who questions the influence of Hispanic immigrants on the United States.

This lesson addresses state teaching standards:
V. GEOGRAPHY C. Spatial Organization: Migration to the United States from Europe, Africa and Asia; migration within the United States; refugee movements, and labor migrations.

Involuntary Migration: Testimonies of Women Refugees

This resource includes memoirs of two women who were forced to flee civil conflicts in their countries. The goal is to further the understanding of how men and women experience political and religious exile differently.

Migration, Food, and Cultural Exchange: Mexico and the United States

The following sources include a poem and newspaper article that deal with contemporary issues of migration and foodways. Its goal is to examine food as an assertion of ethnic identity and as a site of cultural exchange and contestation between countries and people.

This lesson addresses state teaching standards:
III. WORLD HISTORY F. Emergence of a Global Age, 1450 AD - 1800 AD: 2. Students will explain the consequences of the exchange of plants, animals, and disease microorganisms in both the Americas and Eurasia. 3. Students will explain the development of a world market of mineral and agricultural commodities.

I. US HISTORY B. Three Worlds Converge, 1450-1763: 2. Students will explain the consequences of the exchange of plants, animals, and disease microorganisms in both the Americas and Eurasia. 3. Students will explain the development of a world market of mineral and agricultural commodities.

Refugees in Contemporary Global Migration

The following sources include a news report in 2007 on Iraqi refugees in Sweden and interviews in 1998 of Hmong refugees living in Minnesota. Its goal is to explore the refugee experience, both from an international or geopolitical perspective and from a personal standpoint.

This lesson addresses state teaching standards:

V. GEOGRAPHY C. Spatial Organization: The student will understand the regional distribution of the human population at local to global scales and its patterns of change. Example: Refugee movements.

II. MINNESOTA HISTORY G. Post-World War II to the Present: Students will identify and describe significant demographic changes in Minnesota and issues related to those changes and analyze the significance of their impact.

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