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Asian American History 101

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Nov 8, 2021

Welcome to Episode 57! Do you know the difference between the Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Honor? We take time to explain it in this episode to honor Veterans Day. Our main segment recognizes three groups of Asian Americans to win the Congressional Gold Medal: The Filipino veterans of WWII, the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team who were all Japanese American Soldiers, and the Chinese American Veterans of WWII. These three groups faced discrimination in life and in service, but still fought for this country because they believed in it. We also bring back our segment on Celebrations to talk about recent APIDA political wins in the recent elections. Here are a few places to learn more about the veterans of Filipino, Japanese, and Chinese descent. 100th Infantry Battalion Education Center, 442nd Regimental Combat Team Site, The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project. To learn more, please visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:26 History of Veterans Day
  • 03:28 The Congressional Gold Medal
  • 07:43 Filipino American Veterans of WWII
  • 13:24 The 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • 20:12 Chinese American Veterans of WWII
  • 24:01 Celebrations! APIDA Political Wins