Hundreds attended a National Day of Solidarity Against AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Hate rally, one of many demonstrations across the country, at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common on Monday. Attendees watched a lion dance performance by members of the Asian American Cultural Center, listened to singing by New Moon International, and together blew whistles donated by the Yellow Whistle Campaign.
Ret. Army Major Gen. William S. Chen, the first Chinese American two-star general, led the Pledge of Allegiance and was honored by elected officials and candidates, including acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey and City Councilor Michelle Wu, who is also running for mayor. Mayoral candidate John Barros also spoke at the event.
Wu said the Asian American experience is often shrouded by a sense of invisibility and that she wants to see all communities represented in policies, legislation and infrastructures.
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