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Racist Episodes

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Upon reflecting on racism in my life, a few key episodes stick out in my mind.

Denmark - My first encounter with racists was in high school when I stayed with a home stay family. They made me feel unwelcome for being an Asian American and kept saying they wish they got an American student, but in my mind I was an American study.

They kept inquiring where was I from & I said I’m from California. I complained to the group chaperone and was quickly switched to a more welcoming home stay family and able to have a better experience.

Denver - I was on a date with my boyfriend/now husband waiting for our table at a restaurant. I noticed subtle racist Behavior when a white couple who came in after us was seated first.

I brought it up to my boyfriend and he says don’t worry about it and we’ll get seated first. This restaurant is first come, first serve. In my mind, it made me sad that this was dismissed as normal behavior.

Irvine - Police officers thought I was suspic…

We must end police brutality and racism

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Just like you, I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster - sadness, anger, frustration , disgust, heartbreak .

 I have watched friends sharing first hand accounts of DTLA protests and looting last night - from fireworks to looting CVS and Whole Foods.

 My next door app warned residents of a protest in Santa Ana tonight and to be careful & stay inside.

 I watched a peaceful protest this afternoon in old town orange on my friend’s IG story.

 I video called  a girlfriend to talk about the recent events and was thankful she didn’t go to LA today.

I have been texting friends to talk about what’s going on in their cities and states. One powerful statement a girlfriend told me was “things gotta get worse before they get better.”

 I watched my fave Vietnamese make up artist Patrick Ta speak about how police are driving by his neighborhood and his neighbor’s houses are getting vandalized.

 I caught ABC7’s news coverage online to learn that Carlos Granda was tear gassed and a camerama…