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To make our community safe now, but we also need to educate our Children and create a new narrative about who belongs here. The thing that made me a historian was an experience I had with my grandmother where I was asking her about when she moved from Maui to Honolulu during the Depression, and she stopped in mid sentence in explaining it and asked me why did I care about her story? And she said no one cares about what happened to me. And it broke my heart because I cared about her. I think that students shouldn't have to wait until college if they make it to college to find Asian American studies. And so I've been advocating for proposed Senate Bill 678 just a bill to include Asian American and Pacific Islander studies in the Connecticut state curriculum. This is building off of recent successes to include African American and Puerto Rican Latino studies in our schools. When we do that we eliminate the space for those stereotypes to grab hold of people. Um they make sense of the world based on a deeper historical appreciation. But I really want to shift the political stakes from my history, their history to a broader sense of our history in order to create an equitable and just society. We have to do that together, and I think the schools are a way for us to practice that. Jason. Thank you very much. This is really challenging conversation, and I really appreciate the attention to it. Jason Oliver Chang is director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. At the University of Connecticut. So what is happening when we look but cannot see when we see but cannot remember Professor Erika Lee, I cannot tell you how many times When I start lecturing to a class or give a public talk or speak to the media. How many times I've heard the phrase I've never Heard that before? I never knew that this happened. And I have been teaching a long time at the beginning. I thought you're right. You know, I had never heard this until recently, either until I had started studying it, But now I'm angry, Frustrated. There are so.

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