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Chicago for Spring Break

My friend and I - both Chinese American - visited Chicago for Spring Break this past year. Upon the first night of arrival, we decided to walk around and soak in the city. As we were walking along the street, a white man sitting on the steps shouted after us, saying and almost singing, "Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, you're all I see..." to which my friend and I tried to ignore. However, the man continued to sing after us and even followed us for a few blocks making remarks about us and calling us racial slurs and epithets. After a few blocks, he gave up, but the incident left us feeling very uncomfortable and unsafe. The blatant fetishization that was directed at us was really disturbing.

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.