Group looks to boost awareness of Westport Asian community

Sarin Cheung, Patra Kanchanagom, and Rosie Jon make up half of the recently formed group "AAPI Westport," a group committed to educating others about Asian American Pacific Islander history and experiences.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 5:13 PM

Updated 1,066 days ago

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Sarin Cheung, Patra Kanchanagom, and Rosie Jon make up half of the recently formed group "AAPI Westport," a group committed to educating others about Asian American Pacific Islander history and experiences.
As a group of moms, they say they are trying to figure out how best they can bring more awareness to their community.
The women say they are upset by the rise in AAPI hate that they have been seeing on the news and that they have been hearing about on social media.
They say hate that's been there for generations has escalated into violence.
They say AAPI Westport really rose out of the idea that they don't want their kids to grow up in a society where this is accepted.
The moms held a peace rally in late March that drew a wide-ranging crowd, including local politicians.
The women say they want to make a difference in town by celebrating their heritage and sharing it with others.
"We're all Americans, and I think we need to be seen as all American, not someone who's foreign," Cheung says.


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