After America’s largest cities saw an extraordinary rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, New York City took action. A new law mandating Asian American and Pacific Islander history to be taught in all New York City public schools aims to combat these issues.
The program will be piloted this fall at some select schools, and reviewed based on feedback from teachers and community organizations before being fully implemented in the spring. The curriculum – which will include the histories of communities often not contained in traditional records – is part of the Hidden Voices Project initiated by the New York City Department of Education’s Social Studies Department and the Museum of the City of New York.
Politicians at the state and national level have made similar efforts to expand awareness of Asian American history. The goals of more extensive legislation are to simultaneously combat discrimination and prejudice.
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