Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii sought unanimous consent in the room for the Senate to pass HR 3525 – a bill to create a commission to study the potential creation of a National Museum of History and of the culture of the United States of Asia and the Pacific. There were no objections and the bill was passed.
“We have an opportunity to pass meaningful legislation to establish a commission to study the creation of a national museum of the history and culture of the United States of Asia and the Pacific,” Hirono said. before the bill is passed.
Hirono pointed out that the measure establishes an eight-person committee “equally appointed by majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate.”
“The commission will be comprised of individuals with expertise in researching, studying and promoting the history of Asian American Pacific Islanders,” Hirono said. “This commission will submit a report to Congress, in which case we should act.”
American communities in Asia and the Pacific Islands “have made significant contributions to American life, but despite these undeniable contributions, our communities have been largely excluded or erased from American history,” Hirono said in his remarks.
She went on to say, “While not invisible, AAPI groups are often pejoratively portrayed as outsiders: always the other, instead of people who have lived and contributed positively to this country for generations.”
The Hawaii Democrat added that these stories have helped “fuel xenophobia and racism.” She said the creation of this museum would help “combat these harmful narratives by sharing the history of AAPI on an unprecedented scale.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was “delighted” to support this “long overdue step” that will help establish one of the “greatest museums dedicated solely to telling the stories of Americans from Asian Origin Throughout History” in the nation’s capital.