NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Asian American history will now be taught to students across Illinois under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, which passed the Illinois House of Representatives with bi-partisan support.
“Asian Americans have made major contributions to American History and continue to push forward what it means to be patriotic,” said Yang Rohr. “The curriculum in our state and in our country must be inclusive of the achievements all Americans have accomplished over the centuries. American History is not one-sided, and all students deserve to learn about the great Asian American leaders, thinkers, and role models who have contributed to our collective culture and nation.”
Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public elementary and high school will include a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American history, including the history of Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest, the contributions made by Asian Americans in government, the arts, humanities, and science, and the role Asian Americans played in advancing civil rights.
“To really understand what it means to be American, it is important to include the vast array of cultures and backgrounds of the people who have shaped our country into what it is today,” said Yang Rohr. “With the recent rise of violence against Asian Americans, it is extremely important we raise awareness and educate future generations on the positive impact the community has had on American society.”