U.S. President Joe Biden Signs Asian American Pacific Islander Museum Commission into Law

United States President Joe Biden signed on June 13 a bill that could help establish a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture.

“It’s about time for a national museum to capture the courage, the character, and the imagination… the dreams and the heart and the soul of the generations of our fellow Americans who came before you and all of you. That’s what this law is going to do,” Biden said in remarks.

H.R. 3525 will establish a commission to examine the potential creation of the museum in Washington, D.C., including whether it should be part of the Smithsonian Institution, Biden said.

Biden also said that the process would be “similar” to that of the National Museum of African American Culture, the Latino History and Culture Museum, and the National Women’s History Museum.

Biden said the bill comes “at a critical time,” noting the Atlanta-area spa shootings that killed six Asian American women last year, which he called “a symbol of anti-Asian hate in America today.”

Biden also noted that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

“Today, it’s clear that the battle for the soul of America continues. That’s why a museum like this is going to matter so much. Museums of this magnitude and consequence are going to inspire and educate. More than anything else, it’s going to help people see themselves in the story of America — a story that makes us a better America and it’s made us a better America,” Biden said.

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