Race has shaped our lives throughout history and continues to do so to this day. As many in America and in Chicago seek new awareness about race, it is important now more than ever to be educated on and to shed light on modern racism, particularly amid a spike in anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes.
In the videos below, members of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities in the Chicago area recount personal incidents of racism and microaggressions they've experienced. Several discussed both how these events have impacted them and how we can move forward.
Watch, learn and empower others.
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Katie Kim is a journalist who worked as a reporter and anchor at NBC 5 from 2014 through 2020, when she moved back to California to be closer to her family.
"It starts with a question: Where are you from? California. No, where are you really from? Los Angeles. But where are your parents from? South Korea. I've always known the answer they're looking for when people ask that question," Kim said.
"I hope that in this time of reckoning for our country, we all take the time to listen and learn," she added.