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April 4, 2007, began the Asian Heritage Month celebration at Hamline University. It began on a somber note with the “Day of Remembrance”, an original concept/project from the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) at Hamline. It was created as a way to help emphasize the month theme, “Lilies, Roots & Seeds of Change,” as well as to bring awareness to the fact that Asian immigrants and Asian Americans are victims of hate crimes in the US. Information was gathered by members of APAC, and lilies were attached with stories of fatal victims of anti-Asian hate crimes. They were placed campus-wide in their honor. There were no repeated stories; 33 stories were placed on campus in buildings and on sidewalk paths. If there were multiple victims in one story, multiple lilies were attached for each victim (e.g. victims of Cleveland Elementary School).
It is remarkably tragic how Asian Americans are still not welcomed, or even seen in this country, TODAY in this decade. Most of these stories were not found in the mainstream media; they were found in Asian American news media. Some stories were merely brief, and did not include photos, as demonstrated by the lack of photos that you see in this piece. Even in our present day and age, there are even stories of non-fatal, racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans.
This video contains all of the stories that were on the Hamline campus on April 4th. This is a full version, now with (visual) revisions since its original premiere at the APAC Open House event, also on April 4.
The abridged/preview version video can be found here: youtube.com/watch?v=rKoBiv_Uv1Y
Song information: "Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean" and "Memorial" by Explosions in the Sky