The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association
NAACP Orange County, FL Branch
Young Democrats of Orange County
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.
R.E.A.C.H of Central Florida
Florida Asian American Student Union
AAPI Youth Rising
Asia Trend, Inc.
Florida Policy Institute
FSU Filipino Student Association
The Greater Orlando Chinese Professionals Association
Sparks Magazine at UCF
Palestinian Student Association at UCF
Muslim Student Association at UCF
The Asian American Education Project
Asian Organizations for Muslim, Arab, Desi Inclusivity
Chinese Student and Scholar Association at University of Miami
Asian American Student Association at the University of Miami
League of Women Voters Florida
Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans
The rise of anti-Asian hate crimes throughout the United States since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic has been troubling, both to me personally and to this great nation as a whole.
As an Asian American, it has been devastating to see American citizens attacked in the streets due only to their Asian heritage. Our elderly have even been attacked and murdered.
The events of 2020 continue to play out in 2021, teaching us a valuable and unforgettable lesson. Racism, xenophobia, and hate crimes have no place in our society.
The shooting in Atlanta brought these atrocities to the world stage, but unfortunately, these horrors have been going on for far too long.
Asian Americans are American. The history of Asian Americans, including their struggles and ongoing contribution to this country, is American history. Despite this, Asian American history is not taught in our school system.
Our children grow up with a gap in their knowledge of history. As we’ve seen all too often, this lack of information is dangerous.
By adding Asian American history to our educational curriculum, we can ensure that all students gain a better understanding of Asian Americans. Through education, both current and future generations can empathize with the triumphs and challenges of Asian Americans and appreciate what they’ve done to add to this red, white, and blue melting pot that we call the United States.
It is through knowledge that we can combat hate. For it is in ignorance that hatred is born.
To that end, we must educate our youth and include Asian American History in the Florida public school curriculum.
Knowledge is power, and we can empower our youth with it.
We encourage Commissioner Corcoran to include Asian American History in our K-12 curriculum.
Even if you don’t live in Florida, these changes matter and can impact the entire country. Help us make the change!
Thank you for your consideration and support of an inclusive, empathetic, and united society with liberty and justice for all.