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Meng Pushes for First National Asian American Museum

Grace Meng (Photo: Meng)

Aug. 2, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

Congresswoman Grace Meng has introduced legislation to explore the possibility of creating the first national museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The bill calls for the creation of an eight-member panel consisting of experts in the fields of museum planning and the history and culture of Asian-Pacific Americans.

The panel would be in charge of putting together a report to determine the viability of establishing such a museum in Washington D.C.

The report would include a fundraising plan that would support the establishment, operation, and maintenance of the museum through public contributions.

The report would also include the cost involved in acquiring items for the museum and their availability.

The panel would have 18 months to complete the study and it will also address whether or not the museum should be part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Meng said that the museum is needed so the public can understand the role Asians and Pacific Islanders have played in the American story.

“I firmly believe the story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is sorely misunderstood, and creating a national museum would ensure that our experiences—both good and bad—are recognized by all Americans,” Meng said.

“Establishing this commission is the first step toward the creation of a national AAPI museum. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

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Raine Warden

Meanwhile, if you’re on the West Coast, you can come check out The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle!

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That Guy

Great, just what we need another museum! Maybe put it next to FDR’s Four Freedom Park.

I guess tackling the National Debt, fixing Social Security, protecting people from the reach of Big Gov’t, protecting our privacy from giant tech companies…yada, yada yada…. is to much to ask a Federal Representative to do.

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I wish more than one thing could happen at a time

Since that’s impossible, your post is super logical!

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