In July of 2021, the Illinois State Legislature passed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, which requires that beginning in the 2022-23 school year, all Illinois public elementary and high schools must include one unit on Asian American history in their curriculum. [See Illinois Becomes First State to Mandate Teaching Asian American History]
As the only Chinese American Museum in the US Midwest, our mission is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest. Our vision is to work with organizations, visitors, and community leaders across the country to tell the story of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest and to build a community around a continuous dialogue illustrating how Chinese American culture and contributions are an important part of the American fabric.
In order to assist Illinois teachers and others in realizing the goals of the TEAACH Act, we have materials and resources available to assist teachers at all levels from K-12 and beyond to understand the Chinese American historical and cultural experience. We invite class groups at all levels to visit our Museum, located in the heart of Chicago’s Chinatown for guided or self-guided tours. We can arrange guided tours of our museum focusing on those aspects of Chinese American culture which are relevant to your specific class needs, as well as suggested syllabi of films and materials available for class use.
Please feel free to contact our office at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago at 238 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616, by calling 312-949-1000 or emailing us at least two weeks prior to the date requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and we look forward to working with you!