In Case You Missed It yesterday on NHPR’s The Exchange Asian American Granite state leaders spoke about the recent Stop Asian Hate rallies, the increase in racially motivated violent attacks against Asian Americans, and their work as organizers and activists.
Guests included Cora Quisumbing-King, the Co-chair of the NH AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Democratic Coalition, who organized the #StopAsianHate rally in Concord as well as Ken Mendis of the Racial Unity Team, Susmik Lama of People’s Action Institute, and Benjamin Ming a member of the NH AAPI Democrats.
Key Quotes: Cora Quisumbing-King: “This is a moment of great opportunity now that we have stood up and people are listening to us and people are hearing our stories. So this is a moment of opportunity, of invitation to others to speak to their own lived experience and an invitation to our allies and to our policymakers to make a difference.”
Susmik Lama: “We had hundreds of folks show up in solidarity against anti-Asian hate and that felt like such a powerful, powerful experience. Personally, it made me feel like I’m not alone and gave me a sense of community and hope.”
NHPR: Asian American Granite Staters Reflect On Unity, Identity, & Safety After Attacks In Atlanta
Hosted by Laura Knoy, produced by Christina Phillips
Violent attacks against Asian Americans have invigorated an examination of our nation's long history of racism against people from this wide, diverse group. In New Hampshire these conversations arose at Stop Asian Hate rallies earlier this month. We reflect on this current moment, and welcome Asian American Granite Staters to join the conversation. Guests:
Ken Mendis - Founding member of the Racial Unity Team in N.H., which works with educators, students, historians, and the public to effect change for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the state.
Cora Quisumbing-King - Co-chair of the NH AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Democratic Coalition. She was one of the organizers of the #StopAsianHate rally in Concord.
Benjamin Ming - An organizer of the #StopAsianHate rally in Concord, with the NH AAPI Democrats.
Susmik Lama - Co-organizer of the #StopAsianHate rally in Concord. She is also an advanced call team manager with People’s Action Institute.
Listen to the full episode here.