New York lawmaker moves closer to building national museum focused on Asian Pacific American history

Kristen Walters

This week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to create a panel to explore the creation of a new national museum focused on Asian Pacific American history and culture.

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In July of 2019, New York Congresswoman Grace Meng introduced a bill to examine the possibility of creating a national museum dedicated to "preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."

While it seemed that the bill had been tabled for some time, this week, Rep. Meng made substantial progress toward her goal of making the museum a reality.

On April 26, 2022, Meng's bill titled "Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act" passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. It will now move on to the Senate for a vote.

If the bill is approved by the Senate, a committee will be formed to explore the possibility of the creation of the museum.

According to the bill's text, the committee will create a report that contains recommendations and an action plan for building and maintaining a "National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture" in Washington, DC.

The committee will also report on the availability and cost of collections to be acquired by the museum and best practices for engaging Asian Pacific Americans in the development and design of the project.

As for Rep. Meng, this project hits close to home. Although she was raised in the United States, Meng has stated that she, "doesn't feel [she] learned enough ... about the contributions and the pain that Asian Americans went through."

Creating a national museum would be one way that Asian Americans could better learn about and connect with their history and culture.

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