New York state lawmakers want to expand the social studies curriculum in schools to require the teaching of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander experiences in the U.S. 

The bill re-introduced this week would add the history of the communities in New York and regionally in the United States, including movements and policies that have affected them. 

“This legislation is vital for both supporting the identity formation of our students and combating the resurgence of anti-Asian violence," said sate Sen. John Liu, a sponsor of the measure with Assemblymember Grace Lee. "While our Asian American communities have always been an integral part of our nation, for too long, our history and experiences have been excluded from the curriculum in our schools. The reality is Asian Americans are a part of the fabric of this nation, and Asian American history is American history."

The bill has the backing of a coalition of organizations called Representing and Empowering AANHPI Community History. The measure is being proposed as New Yorkers of Asian and Pacific Isalnder descent have seen their political influence rise in New York politics, but also as hate crimes have been directed at members of the communities. 

“Our stories deserve to be heard, and this bill will ensure that Asian American history and civil impact are taught in our public schools," Lee said.