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State Assembly passed bill requiring Asian American history in New Jersey's K-12 curriculum

Ilangovan, an Indian American, launched Make Us Visible New Jersey earlier this year following a spate of anti-Asian hate incidents across the U.S.

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To combat the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey state Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, an Indian American, Mila Jasey, Britnee Timberlake, and Sterley Stanley introduced a bill that would require students in grades K-12 to include lessons on the AAPI community's history and contributions in their curriculum.

The law, which employs education to prevent hatred, received a 74-2 majority from the Assembly on Dec. 20.

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