Advancing Justice – AAJC Applauds Signing of Historic Legislation Providing Pathway to First National Asian Pacific American History and Culture Museum
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Biden signed into law the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act, following the historic passage of this legislation by unanimous consent in both the House and the Senate.
John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, issues the following statement:
“The signing of this legislation into law is an important and foundational step towards public recognition of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander history and culture. It is long overdue for our histories and contributions to be seen, preserved, and celebrated as an integral part of U.S. history. We thank Representative Grace Meng, Senator Mazie Hirono, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for their leadership and tireless efforts in amplifying our communities’ voices in bringing this bill to passage.
“The rise of anti-Asian hate in the past two years have clearly demonstrated the harmful impact of biases and prejudice on our communities’ well-being, with many who have faced hate, harassment, and violence. As our nation reckons with the senseless attacks and hate rooted in systemic racism that continues to harm all communities of color, establishing a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture would help ensure that the histories and knowledge of our communities are recognized and provide invaluable resources for Americans—including students, teachers, and families—to learn about our communities’ contributions to the U.S. and the challenges that we have faced. It is through education that we can begin to dispel myths and develop a greater understanding of the diverse communities that comprise the fabric of American society.
“A National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture would send a powerful signal to our nation that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are just as much part of America as every other community. We applaud the establishment of this commission and look forward to next steps in helping to establish a national museum in our nation’s capital.”