By Rachel VickA Queens congresswoman has introduced legislation to ensure that students across the United States learn about the influence and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng announced the Teaching Asian Pacific American History Act on Monday, more than 40 years after President Jimmy Carter first established of Asian Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978.
“Our children are graduating from high school without learning of the important contributions the Asian Pacific American community has made throughout our nation’s history,” Meng said.
“They are also graduating without learning of the disenfranchisement and discrimination Asian Pacific Americans have faced at the hands of the United States government.”The Teaching Asian Pacific American History Act would compel federally funded teacher training academies to include Asian Pacific American history as part of their American history and civics programs while connecting educators with the tools to develop in-depth curricula.
The legislation would also encourage national and state tests to include Asian Pacific American history.