‘Stop Asian Hate’ rally held in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, me. (WOOD) – A “Stop Asian Hate” rally took place in the Rosa Parks Circle on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking at the rally were leaders from the West Michigan’s Asian-American community and politicians from West Michigan and beyond.

“A moment that gave me a lot of hope,” said Bing Goei, a board member of the West Michigan Asian American Association. “We live in a time when the hope in our lives has diminished a bit.”

The Asian-American community has been under attack since the pandemic began.

“The use of terms like” China virus “or” Kung Fu “has been very harmful,” said Senator Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, the first Asian American to be elected into Michigan’s law.

Other examples have had fatal consequences, such as: Filming in Georgia last monthin which six Asian women died.

“It hurts because what we’ve done for everyone’s quality of life has decreased,” said Goei.

Goei believes that contributions by Asian Americans to US history should be highlighted during this time of pain for the Asian community. He believes highlighting positive examples would help build bridges with the Asian community.

“We know that if you were born here your right to be a US citizen – even if your parents weren’t US citizens – came because a Chinese gentleman named Wong Kim Ark fought to the Supreme Court and won this case . Said Goei.

Chang takes pride in her role as the first Asian American woman elected to the state legislature.

“Always stand up when I see Asian-American people being attacked,” said Chang. “It is also my job to bring along a future generation of Asian-American officials.”

Chang sponsored a bill last month condemning hateful acts and rhetoric against Americans from Asia. It happened to the Senate.

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