Statement from Committee of 100 on the State of Illinois Passing A New Law Requiring Asian American History To Be Taught In Public Schools 

New York, NY (July 13, 2021) — The following statement was issued today by Zheng Yu Huang, President of Committee of 100, in regards to the state of Illinois passing a new law requiring Asian American history to be taught in public schools:  

“Committee of 100 congratulates Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and the state of Illinois for signing the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act into law, requiring that Asian American history be taught in all public schools. For centuries, Chinese Americans and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have made tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the United States. Now more than ever, it is critical to discuss the contributions – and challenges – the AAPI community faces. Our hope is that government and education leaders in the other 49 states follow in the footsteps of Illinois with their own laws and requirements that Chinese American and AAPI history be taught in all public schools across the United States.”   

Earlier this year, Committee of 100 released a commissioned report “From Foundations to Frontiers,” which looked at 175 years of Chinese American contributions. The report can be downloaded for free at https://contributingacrossamerica.economist.com/.  

About Committee of 100

Committee of 100 is a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts focused on public policy engagement, civic engagement, and philanthropy. For over 30 years, Committee of 100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the dual missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and constructive relations between the United States and Greater China. Follow Committee of 100 on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook or visit https://www.committee100.org/ for more information.

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