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Wisconsin advances bill mandating Asian American history studies in schools 

A bill that would require Asian American history to be taught in Wyoming schools inched closer to becoming a reality this week after a state Senate committee voted to advance the bill.

Tuesday state senate committee I voted Win 6-1 and advance Act, SB240; This would require education on Asian Americans and Hmong Americans from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Equality Nation.

Current state law requires schools to teach “human relations understanding” for American Indians, Black Americans, and Hispanics, and the proposed bill would also include Hmong and Asian Americans. It will be added.

“This…will create understanding among students, teachers, and administrators about the importance of Asian American stories in our history,” said state Rep. Francesca Hong (D). he told NBC News. Hong was one of several lawmakers who co-sponsored the bill.

The Hill previously reported that Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey have similar mandates.

Asian Americans make up about 3% of Wisconsin’s population, and the state’s Asian American and Pacific Islander population has increased 82% since 2000. Per AAPI Vote fact sheet.

Hong told NBC News that similar proposals have been under consideration for years, including a 2005 bill that would require lawmakers to teach the role of Hmong soldiers who fought for the United States during the Vietnam War. He said he tried to pass it. The bill did not receive an initial public hearing, and similar bills introduced in subsequent Congresses failed, NBC News reported.

“As the first and only Asian American member of Congress, in addition to reminding my colleagues of the importance of our communities, especially the Hmong and Laotian communities, “We’ve been able to take advantage of both the rise in anti-Asian hate since the pandemic. We’ve been to our district and how strong we are as a district,” she told NBC. told the news.

The bill comes amid a growing movement by the AAPI community to include more Asian American history in school curriculums. The effort includes ensuring students learn about key points in history, such as Japanese internment camps during World War II and how Chinese Americans defended America’s homeland during the Civil War. Includes:

NBC added that the full state Senate could consider the bill by March.

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