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Gov. McAuliffe to Sign "East Sea Bill"

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State lawmakers are moving forward with a precedent-setting change in school textbooks.

The bill will require textbooks to note the body of water commonly known as the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea. The seemingly minor change is a sensitive topic for Korean-Americans.

Some say it sets a bad precedent, with lawmakers making changes to learning materials. Richmond Delegate Jennifer McClellan calls it a first step to righting historical wrongs, and acknowledging the contributions of minority groups in Virginia.

“We as a commonwealth cannot and should not pick and choose whose history we will accurately portray,” said 71st District Delegate McClellan (D).

McClellan says she will introduce her own textbook bill next year.

Governor McAuliffe will sign the "East Sea Bill" despite protests from Japanese diplomats who have warned Virginia's trade relationship could be negatively impacted.

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