The pandemic has brought on a global wave of prejudice and violence against Asians and Asian Americans. Reset talks with local advocacy groups working to combat that hate. Guests: Seong-Ah Cho, director of organizing, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago & Natasha Chan, Board Member of Asians Are Strong.
Advocacy groups are offering Asian Chicagoans personal safety alarms and defense training amid a continued surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.
A new state law requires teaching Asian American history. Some teachers have jumped in headfirst, while others are still preparing lessons.
Starting this school year, every public elementary school and high school in Illinois must include a unit of instruction on Asian American history. Illinois became the first state to implement the requirement when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act, or TEAACH, into law last summer.
Vincent Chin’s death, and the failure of justice that followed, sparked outcry from our communities across the country, marking a turning point for the Asian American civil rights movement. From organizing rallies to political advocacy, Asian Americans from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life came together as a united front to fight against racist violence and seek justice for Vincent Chin.