Bring Asian-American history into HW classrooms.

Bring Asian-American history into HW classrooms.

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Ryan Luo started this petition to Hamilton-Wenham School District Board

In recent months during the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation has seen a drastic increase in racism towards citizens of Asian descent. We believe that this racism has come as a result of many years of growing resentment towards Asian-Americans. Many of these attacks involve the usage of racial stereotypes that have been broadly perpetuated throughout American society for all too long.  Events such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment are examples of events in American history where propaganda gave birth to harmful cultural beliefs regarding the Asian American community that we as a nation have failed to properly address. 


We believe that by implementing education about Asian-American history, as well as racism towards Asian-Americans, educators can help students understand the harmful origins and current consequences of these stereotypes. Events such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment are examples of events in which propaganda gave birth to harmful cultural beliefs regarding the Asian American community that we as a nation have failed to fully address. By providing historical insight, schools can help students reflect upon and combat the usage of these stereotypes and advance social justice within our community. 


We suggest this, inspired by recently passed Illinois House Bill HB-0367, which mandates Asian American history to be taught at the Elementary through High school level. We regard this as a great step forward towards cultivating a more inclusive generation in America. If our school district were to adopt this unit in learning, we could help expand the scope of social justice in the minds of students, and potentially inspire surrounding districts to do the same.

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