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Assemblymember Mike Fong Celebrates Passage of Asian American Studies Bill with Local High School Students

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ALHAMBRA, CA – Assemblymember Mike Fong (D – Alhambra) hosted an Asian American Studies Teach-In at Alhambra High School to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and to announce the passage of AB 1354 from the Assembly floor earlier this month. 

“Understanding the diverse histories and stories of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is so important. AB 1354 will create curriculum frameworks for Asian American Studies in grades K-12, so that teachers have the tools they need to educate our youth. I am honored to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with our local youth,” said Assemblymember Fong. 

Dr. Juily Phun, Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, delivered a lesson to high school students on the economics of donut shops, nail salons, and boba shops, and how they intersect with language access, immigration, and AAPI identities. 

“Pacific Islander and Asian American history and economics is fundamentally American history and economics. I hope students are inspired to take an ethnic studies course in college. I look forward to future high school students seeing ethnic studies as part of their professional and academic careers regardless of what discipline they chose in the future,” said Dr. Phun

Dr. Phun delivered the lesson to Mr. Jose Sanchez’s 12th grade economics class. Assemblymember Fong, along with Alhambra Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler and Alhambra Unified School Board Member Kenneth Tang, participated in the class alongside the students. 


Assemblymember Mike Fong represents the 49th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena and Temple City, and the unincorporated areas of Pasadena and San Gabriel.  He serves as the Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Assembly Vice Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.


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