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While at a bar with husband and a friend, we had a conversation with a fellow bargoer. The conversation (littered with microaggressions) turned political, to which this person asked us our nationality. We all replied that we were American, although our friend said he was Chinese (probably referring to his ethnicity, not his nationality), so the guy stated that he assumed our friend's allegiance was to China, which made no sense, so we informed him otherwise. The conversation escalated, and essentially we were told several things: 1. "Welcome to America! Welcome to MY country!" (despite being in the city that I was born in, and all of us born in the US) 2. "Learn to assimilate!"

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.