In 2000, Washington declared May of each year to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. According to the 2010 census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates there are approximately 5.5 million people of Chinese descent alone or in combination in the United States, a growth of 51 percent since the 2000 census. Washington is home to the seventh-largest population of Americans of Chinese descent in the United States. The 2020 ACS documented 173,693 people of Chinese descent alone living in Washington, a growth of almost 80,000 since the 2010 census.
In 2019, Washington declared October of each year Filipino American History Month.
The state declares that January of each year will be known as Americans of Chinese Descent History Month.
Public schools are encouraged to designate time for appropriate activities in commemoration of Americans of Chinese Descent History Month and the lives, history, achievements, and contributions of Americans of Chinese descent.
PRO: It is important to recognize the multitude of contributions Americans of Chinese descent have made to the State of Washington and the United States as a whole. Americans of Chinese descent deserve a month of recognition that does not overlap with other months of recognition. January is the perfect month for this recognition, as it is a month of celebration of the New Year for Americans of Chinese descent. Additionally, school is in session, so students would have the opportunity to learn about this history and culture in an educational environment, rather than from popular media. The bill would recognize the history and legacy of Americans of Chinese descent, which has been largely ignored and forgotten. This bill would have no negative fiscal impact, only positive social impact. Washington is a hub for immigration and should be the leading example of diversity, equity and inclusion.