AAPI HISTORY INCLUSION ACT

The Problem

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have been facing disproportionate increases in racial discrimination since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Pennsylvania, which is home to nearly 600,000 AAPI residents, has not been immune to recent acts of hate. In the last year, 65% of reports of anti-AAPI hate were made by women with many attacks against the elderly. As these behaviors seeped into schools, AAPI children saw a rise in racial taunts and bullying. Historically, AAPIs have been ostracized and scapegoated during times of national strife. This prejudice stems from the perpetual foreigner stereotype: AAPIs are viewed as outsiders in the US. According to a national report, the most effective strategies against this stereotype are community-based solutions rooted in education policy.

 

Support HB 1917

By passing HB 1917 to include AAPI history and education in the K-12 curriculum, we seek to build a greater understanding of the positive contributions AAPIs have made to our country. AAPIs in Pennsylvania today are afraid for their grandparents who are targeted for their vulnerabilities, for their mothers and daughters who are disproportionately affected, and for their children who have seen a rise in anti-Asian bullying in schools. We can put a stop to this by educating younger generations that AAPI history is American history.


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Representative Patty Kim; Representative Todd Stephens; Your Representative; Your Senator.

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AAPI History Inclusion Act (PA HB 1917)


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We need to ensure that we are educating younger generations that AAPI history is American history by teaching them about all of the contributions that AAPIs have made.

I support the passage of HB 1917 to include AAPI history and education in the K-12 curriculum.



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