Introduced by Sen. Villivalam and Rep. Gong-Gershowitz, the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act (SB 1268) will paint a more complete picture of our shared history by adding Asian American history to the Illinois School Code.
Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing populations across Illinois, nearly 800,000 people as of 2017, yet our stories in history textbooks are nowhere to be found. This erases the legacies and contributions of Asian Americans throughout history, leading to a less complete understanding of US history as a whole.
There are more than 100,000 Asian American K-12 students in Illinois.
Read Director of Organizing Grace Pai’s op-ed about TEAACH in the Education Post.
What is TEAACH?
The TEAACH Act will amend the Illinois School Code to include an Asian American History Curriculum in every public school in Illinois, ensuring that crucial stories and lessons, like the wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s, are elevated.
The TEAACH Act will ensure that Asian American stories and experiences are highlighted in Illinois, not just the stories of Asians outside the United States.
Why do we need an Asian American history curriculum?
By ensuring that Asian American history is taught in our schools, we are laying a foundation for the future.
For Asian American students, it is a chance to learn stories that reflect their individual experiences. It also provides a framework for all students to better understand Asian American communities, experiences, and histories. This improves cross-cultural education for all students in Illinois and advances racial equity.
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) ● Axis Lab ● Cambodian Association of Illinois ● Chicago History Museum ● Chicago Japanese American Historical Society ● Chicago Teachers Union ● Chinese American Museum of Chicago ● Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) ● Equality Illinois ● Global Asian Studies Program, University of Illinois Chicago ● Hamdard Health Center ● HANA Center ● Indo-American Center (IAC) ● Japanese American Citizens League Chicago (JACL) ● Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) ● KAN WIN ● National Association of Social Workers, IL Chapter ● Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program ● Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education ● Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI)
From Our Leaders
"Having a greater social and cultural awareness of the lived experiences of Asian Americans does a lot to move forward efforts for helping students understand their identities and histories. Especially as there is a large plurality of Asian American students in Illinois, it seems only right that we take further efforts to educate and challenge our singular notions of race, ethnicity, culture, identity, gender, sexuality, politics, religion, and so much more."
- Cyril Dela Rosa