HANA Center will present its fourth annual #IAmAnImmigrant storytelling fundraiser event on Friday, March 11, 2022, 6 p.m., via Zoom.
The event is intended look back on the Atlanta shootings one year after eight people (including six Asian women) lost their lives. The event will feature a multigenerational panel of Asian American women from the Chicago Asian American community who will share their various experiences as immigrants, women of color and being undocumented.
Music for the event will be provided by Korean American adoptee Jacqueline Wells. She serves on the board of the New York transnational adoptee organization Also Known As www.jacquelynwellsmusic.com @oohjacquelina
Speakers include Dalin Eap, a Cambodian American undergraduate student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is a founding member of HANA’s youth group Women That Fight (WTF) which provides a space for young women and non-binary youth of color. She first joined HANA Center as a freshman at Chicago’s Mather High school and has also been a member of HANA’s youth leadership council, Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH).
Yoon Kim, also a speaker, is a second-generation Korean American raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She joined HANA Center as a Civic Leaders Fellow in the summer of 2020 and is currently studying public policy and researching legacies of U.S. military occupation of Korea at the University of Michigan.
The third speaker, Jieun Han, is a first-generation Korean immigrant who moved to the U.S. with her family in 1999. A veteran Korean language teacher, she is also the chair of the Midwest Korean Schools Association. She is also an active member of HANA Center’s Racial Justice Committee.
Hana Center of Chicago is a service and advocacy organization that serves Korean Americans and the broader Asian American community. Its activists are working on a Citizenship4All campaign which includes the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
The event can be accessed free, however, reservations are required and donation amounts are suggested and raffle tickets available at the event registration page at the indicated link.