On July 9, 2021, Illinois became the first state in the country to pass a law mandating that Asian American history be taught in public schools.  Known as the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, this monumental achievement was due in large part to a coalition of cultural groups and supporting organizations led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago.

Emma Saito Lincoln, Legacy Center Director at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago, will discuss the TEAACH Act and what this new legislation means for the Japanese American community in Illinois.  Touching on World War II incarceration history, resettlement in Chicago, and Japanese American activism in the 1970s and today, Ms. Lincoln will share her perspective on why Japanese American history, and all Asian American histories, must be understood as essential components of American history.  She will also explore the challenges of implementing the TEAACH Act and the ways in which this new legislation might be relevant to Harper College students, faculty, and staff.

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