JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) – Music took to the streets of downtown Kansas City today as people recognized our city’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.
It was a moment of celebration, but also a testament to the difficulties that many members of this community faced.
“I was in a grocery store in a parking lot when a man told me to go back to where I came from ‘China doll’,” said Emily Weber.
For Weber, she said those words motivated her to be what she is today: a Missouri state representative for District 24.
From politicians to business leaders and community activists, Kansas City is filled with a rich Asian American and Pacific Islander culture.
This is why city leaders felt it was important to wrap their arms around this community; to recognize, recognize and honor their presence and the impact they have had on the city.
Today, they officially declared May as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month in Kansas City.
“It’s one thing to be there to fight hate. It’s another thing to uplift people. It’s another thing to make sure communities feel valued, ”Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said.
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