Asian American Women Added

Website Introduction

The website will provide an introduction to Asian/Pacific American women’s activism in social movements on the home page. This introduction will describe the goal of the website in redefining what activism is through the stories of these Asian/Pacific American women. The website will also provide descriptions of major keywords that will be used throughout the website. These keywords include: “Asian/Pacific American,” “woman/women,” and “activism.” The project director will determine what these keywords are and write the descriptions. As the website continues to be used, the project content manager will alert the project director to any additional words that should be added.

Timeline

The website will also include a timeline of events surrounding Asian/Pacific American experiences. This timeline will first be created by the project director to include such events as: the Page Law (1875), the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), Japanese American Internment (1942-1945), the Immigration Act of 1965 (1965), Vincent Chin’s murder (1982), and Chinatown garment workers’ strike (1982). This timeline will then be extended with information provided from the introductions. For example, the date Asian Women United was founded (1978) and the date that Wing Fong Chin gives a testimony before Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. regarding foreign imported clothing and its effect on garment work in the United States (September 11 and 12, 1985). The content manager will hire student assistants to update the timeline from information provided in the descriptions.

Individual Pages

Brief introductions for all of the individuals, organizations, movements, and locations will be available on the first tab of each page of that person, organization, movement, or location’s page. All the individuals, organizations, movements, and locations will all have their own page. Each page will look like a Wikipedia page, with different tab options. The first tab will be the first page that opens. This page will include short introductions that will be written by the project’s content manager. As the website grows, the project director and project content manager will delegate the task to other staff members. The initial tab that opens up each page will include a general description of the person, organization, movement, or location. The page will also include thumbnails of some of the available images. At the bottom of the first tab page will be a short timeline of some of the major events for that person, organization, movement, or location. The rest of the tabs will be set-up for contributions from others. The longer descriptions, available on the second tab, will be written by recognized scholars, who will be invited to write these descriptions. These scholars will have their own usernames with special access to edit these pages. The pages will be displayed as text on the website, with available PDF downloads. The third tab will be a page for student-written papers. These contributions will be submitted by faculty members who have worked with the students. Students who are interested in contributing may also contribute to the website by working with a faculty advisor in a research internship that is run through a university’s department or program. The content manager will have final approval of whether or not the works are valuable to the website. This page will include short biographies of each student, including their age, grade, and location. The student works will be available as PDF files. The fourth tab will be a place for others, non-students to contribute to the website. Again, the content will be decided by the project’s content manager. The final tab will be a place for individuals to list resources about that particular person, organization, movement, or location. The resources will be separated as “moderator-approved” and “pending approval.” A student intern will be in charge of checking the resources. The page will include a warning that the project is not responsible for information on the other websites and users will be taken away from the website. The links will open up in a new window or new tab.

Resources/Links

The resources/links will be a page that is prepared by the project’s staff. It will be a continually growing list of resources for other sources about Asian/Pacific American women, activism, or social movements. The page will include an index on the top to separate the links so that the page is easier to browse through. Scholars, students, content managers, and student staff will all have the opportunity to contribute to this page. The page will be again separated into two sections of “moderator-approved” and “pending approval.” A student intern will also be responsible for checking these sources. The page will also include a warning that the project is not responsible for information on the other websites and users will be taken away from the website. The links will open up in a new window or new tab.

Search options

As with most websites, the websites will include both a basic keyword search, as well as a more detailed advanced search. The basic search will provide a keyword search, as well as a list of tags on the bottom of the page that users can click on for an easier search. These tags will be created on each page. The tags will be both contributor-created and added by other users. The moderators will check the tags to make sure there is regularity in the tags. In the advanced search, there will be many checklist menus with provided options to aid the users in a more directed search. These fields include: locations, issues, major events, individuals, organizations, and format of the document. The advanced search will also allow the user to search by date, both by exact date and within a date range.

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