love is an action….

“love is an action” illustrated by rosie jon

I have always embraced and loved the multiple layers of my identity, especially being Asian.

The past couple of weeks I have had to unravel these layers to seek the inner Asian child in me. What came out of that experience was the love of my family, friends, sisters and my community that came together as one; and held me gently with their hearts and prayers to help me find the courage to stand in front of hundreds of people, including elected officials of the town and the state of CT, to make the closing statement at our town’s peaceful protest against Asian hate.

[image credit: Anna Zhu @petitmemoirsphotos]

After the powerful statements and stories shared by our town’s First Selectman, Jim Marpe, US Senator Richard Blumenthal, State Senator Tony Hwang, Attorney General William Tong, TEAM Westport’s Harold Bailey and some incredibly brave high school students, these were the words from my heart that I got to share….

What can we do?

We can continue to stand together in love and be united in this fight against hatred and fear, because…

𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣

𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘐𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘶𝘱. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘷𝘺. 𝘐𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘫𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘴. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘋𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘳. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥, 𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨. 𝘐𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘐𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴.

Then, we took a moment of silence, bowed our heads down and closed our eyes for a minute to think about the stories we heard, think about all the victims of racism or any discrimination or acts of evil, or someone we know who has experienced racism of any kind; and in the end, asked our own hearts,

how can i play a role in ending this virus of hate and instead, spread the virus of love?

My hope is that the conversations and stories that are being shared by the Asian community will empower you to do something, to be the change, even if it’s a small act of kindness, even if it’s just giving your neighbour a smile. I hope that you will always remember that you have the power to change things.

[image credit: Jenae Weinbrenner @jenaephoto]

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

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