Illinois law to require Asian American history in schools

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SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public school students will be taught Asian American history under a law signed Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The topics will include the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the military service of Asian Americans; Illinois and Midwest history of Asian Americans; and the role of Asian Americans in expanding civil rights.

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“A lack of knowledge is the root cause of discrimination, and the best weapon against ignorance is education,” said state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, the sponsor of the bill.

Pritzker signed the bill into law at Niles West High School in Skokie.

“It’s a new standard that helps us understand one another, and ultimately to move ourselves closer to the nation of our ideals,” he said.

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