An Asian U.S. Army veteran took off his shirt to reveal his war scars to prove he’s a patriot at a meeting at town hall.
When asked about what is American and what is not American, board member Lee Wong revealed the injuries he sustained while serving in the US military. .
He said he had been discriminated against because of his heritage after an incident took him to hospital.
Lee came to America to study in the late 1960s and when he was in Chicago he was beaten for his race.
Despite 20 years in the military, Lee says he still faces racial prejudice.
“They put me in the hospital. It was my first experience,” he told FOX19 NOW on Wednesday.
He said there was a time when he walked out of a grocery store and a little boy pulled his eyelids up to his temples when he saw Lee.
Lee said at the time that he didn’t care because he was just a kid, but then thought, “There’s more to that. He learned that from someone.”
He said that while campaigning as an elected official, Wong said people told him he didn’t “look American enough.”
“When someone comes in and says that to me, it’s like a stab in my heart,” he said.
Her powerful demonstration at town hall on Tuesday was just days after a spate of spa shootings in Atlanta – many of the victims were Asian women.
Eight people died in the attacks.
It is still unclear whether the gunman was deliberately targeting Asians.
Leo Chan heads the Chinese Midwestern Chamber of Commerce.
“People started calling our office lines and leaving verbiage that was very difficult to take,” Chan said of the aftermath of the shooting.
“Looks like it’s getting worse. “
Leo echoed the beliefs of Lee, who said he wanted to get back to basics the American way.
“Love each other, your neighbor, be kind, be gentle, treat others with dignity and respect,” Leo said.