FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 15, 2022

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JANM Statement on the Passage of the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act into Law


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) celebrates the Passage of the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act (H.R. 3525) into law by President Biden on Monday, June 13, 2022. Led by U.S. Representative Grace Meng alongside U.S. Representative Judy Chu, U.S. Representative Mark Takano, many other co-sponsors, and members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the bill passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

This law will create a commission to plan the establishment, support, and construction of the National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture in Washington D.C., including the feasibility of the museum becoming part of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum will be dedicated to educating the public about the history, culture, contributions, and achievements of Asian Pacific Americans. Ann Burroughs, JANM President and CEO, attended the bill signing, which included remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris.

“We are proud to support the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act. This act elevates the stories of Asian Pacific Americans and reaffirms Congress’s commitment to preserving and sharing our nation’s history. The Japanese American story is one facet of the rich and complex history of Asian Pacific Americans. To educate one another about Asian Pacific American history is to help all of us understand who we are. President Biden’s actions spur us to redouble our efforts to deepen inclusion in our community and the museum field and to equip the public with the clarity, historical context, and tools to advocate for equality, fight anti-Asian hate, and share their American story,” said Burroughs.


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