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Biden signs national Asian Pacific American museum commission bill

  • President Joe Biden officially signed the “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act” into law on Monday.
  • “It's about time for a national museum to capture the courage, the character, the imagination and maybe, from my perspective, looking at it from a little bit from a distance, the dreams and the heart and the soul of the generations of our fellow Americans that came before you,” Biden said.
  • Proposed by Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6) as a bill in Congress last year, the initiative will set up a commission dedicated to reviewing the potential costs of the proposed museum dedicated to the AAPI community.
  • “I am ecstatic & overjoyed at this historic moment & honored & proud to have championed this crucial effort, especially after fighting for this legislation in Congress over the past 7 years. Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders have shaped our nation since its founding,” Meng wrote in a Twitter thread.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris similarly highlighted the bill’s importance, noting that teaching AAPI history will “help all of us as Americans understand where we come from, and to teach this history is to help us understand who we are.”

On Monday, President Joe Biden officially signed a bill seeking to create a commission to study the feasibility of a museum dedicated to the AAPI community.

Upon signing the “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act,” or H.R. 3525, into law, Biden proclaimed that generations of AAPI individuals “have literally shaped the history and the contours of this country.”

Senate passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American history national museum

  • The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, necessitating the creation of a committee that will plan its building. 
  • Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.
  • The bill “seeks to create the first national museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Pacific Americans.” 
  • With Congress' support, a commission of eight experts will be created to facilitate the planning of the AAPI facility’s construction and operations, potentially as a part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • While the bill does not guarantee the establishment of an AAPI Museum, it ensures that there will be a draft with a plan of action to be submitted to Congress.

The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, establishing the creation of a committee that will plan its building.  

Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), who is also the first vice chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.