In Framingham, Asian American teens push for more inclusion in curriculum


Framingham High students, from left, Emily Gee, Gared Wong and Sylvia Rodrigues, are pushing for school leaders to include Asian American history into the curriculum at Framingham Public Schools, in light of a nationwide rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

FRAMINGHAM — Sixteen-year-old Gared Wong is urging Framingham school leaders to make Asian American history more than a footnote.

Wong, a junior at the high school, is Chinese American and says textbooks largely erase or minimize Asian Americans. The message is that their stories are not as valued, said Wong.  

“They choose the most important pieces of information and that’s what they teach and then you realize you’re not in the curriculum. It makes you feel like you’re not important enough,” he said.

Framingham High student Emily Gee and fellow students are pushing for school leaders to include Asian American history into the curriculum at Framingham Public Schools.

That absence creates obliviousness toward the struggles of Asian Americans and further normalizes racism toward them, said Wong, co-president of the Asian Student Association at the school.

Amid a nationwide increase in anti-Asian sentiment, teens like Wong are taking action. San Francisco-based Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks discrimination and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, tallied nearly 3,800 such incidents from March 2020 through February 2021.



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