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  • - My name is Jordan Chan.

  • And my family and I were recently victims

  • of racial aggression on the 4th of July.

  • My dad is full Chinese and my mom is full Filipino.

  • It's very important that people expose racists

  • and white supremacists.

  • And I also just wanted people to know that this is something

  • that is really, really close to home.

  • It could literally be anyone and anywhere.

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  • I'm an American citizen.

  • I was born in Wisconsin,

  • but my parents were doing long distance when I was a kid.

  • So my dad has always lived in the Philippines.

  • It was too hard for them.

  • We ended up moving to the Philippines

  • when I was around five years old I would say.

  • I did all of my elementary school,

  • my preschool, half of high school.

  • And then I moved to California around seven years ago

  • for my junior year of high school.

  • I've always felt like I'm too Asian for my American friends.

  • And I'm too American for my Asian friends.

  • I've never personally experienced anything

  • like to the point where I would consider it bullying,

  • but I know my family has.

  • Mostly like my dad and my brother

  • who have told me like their experiences at school and work

  • where they've experienced racism in America.

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  • My tita's birthday is on the 4th of July.

  • So we planned this year to drive to Monterey to celebrate.

  • And so we were at the restaurant.

  • Lucia's at Bernardus Lodge and Spa,

  • which is a really nice, fine dining restaurant.

  • We were celebrating her birthday dinner

  • and we were singing happy birthday to her.

  • And then Michael Lofthouse who you can see in the video,

  • he's sitting on the table right behind my tito and tita.

  • While we were singing happy birthday,

  • he starts saying like, (beep) you Asians.

  • Go back to whatever (beep) Asian country you came from.

  • My family and I then exchanged confused looks.

  • It was so unwarranted and like completely unprovoked.

  • So we were kind of just like, is he talking to us?

  • It was very obvious that alcohol played a factor

  • into his bluntness.

  • And so my uncle and I turned around to him

  • and we're like, what's your problem?

  • And then he just goes on this rant.

  • Like you guys don't belong here, (beep) Asians.

  • And that's when I start recording him.

  • Say it one more time.

  • - That's what I'm saying.

  • Trump's gonna (beep) you.

  • You (beep).

  • You (beep) need to leave.

  • (beep) Asian piece of (beep).

  • - Oh my God.

  • When all of that was going down,

  • everybody was staring obviously,

  • but this was like a very loud altercation

  • in a very fancy place.

  • And so everyone was kind of just staring in shock.

  • You know, when that happens,

  • nobody really knows how to react

  • because it's not normal, you know?

  • But then, once Gennica, who's the server

  • who got involved and was like defending my family.

  • Other people started joining in too.

  • - [Gennica] You are not allowed here.

  • - I already, I already put my (beep) order in.

  • - Don't talk to our guests like that.

  • Get out now.

  • - Who are these (beep)?

  • - They are valued guests.

  • - Are they?

  • They're valued guests in the middle of a pandemic.

  • - (beep) you, you're a racist.

  • After, when Michael was being escorted off the premises,

  • he actually tried approaching our table,

  • but then Gennica, the server, and two other customers

  • got involved and they were like serving as a barrier

  • between us and him.

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  • It's something like a lot of people are desensitized to,

  • but when it's happening to you in the moment

  • and like you are personally being targeted,

  • I don't know how to explain it.

  • It's completely different.

  • As soon as he, he was like completely gone,

  • I just started sobbing uncontrollably at the dinner table.

  • My uncle, while I was crying, he was like saying,

  • you have to forgive and forget

  • because that's the Christian thing to do.

  • And that made me really angry because you know,

  • that whole mantra of forgiving and forgetting in instances

  • of any social injustice just perpetuates it,

  • it teaches them that they can get away with it.

  • We have to show people that racism on any level

  • is an intolerable offense.

  • They were like, this is normal.

  • Like we've experienced racism, maybe not on that scale,

  • but it's definitely happened before

  • and it probably will happen again.

  • But that made me cry even harder

  • because I was like, it shouldn't be that way.

  • And this isn't something

  • that should be glossed over or tolerated.

  • This is completely unacceptable

  • that people have to even live in fear of that.

  • When I first posted it,

  • which was on the fifth, the day after it happened,

  • it was mostly a lot of love and support I received,

  • you know, because at first

  • it was just like people who followed me,

  • like my friends and family and coworkers, et cetera.

  • But then when it blew up, like it went viral,

  • that's when I started receiving a lot of hate.

  • I actually had to turn disable my notifications

  • for Instagram, and I just went private recently.

  • People will say a lot of racist remarks

  • or they'll kind of try to do whatever they can

  • to manipulate my words or like

  • kind of flip the situation on its head

  • and make it seem like I was aggravating him

  • or my family in some way deserved his racist remarks.

  • So when I first heard the apology,

  • I did not believe it was genuine

  • because when the video went viral and it reached Michael,

  • he actually commented on my original post

  • of the video of him.

  • And he said, you can eat (beep).

  • He was sober because that happened

  • after the video was posted.

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  • So a few of my friends have recently notified me

  • that Gennica, the server,

  • who is seen in the video defending my family and I

  • has actually received nearly a $100,000

  • because a bunch of people like around the world

  • just started GoFundMe pages for her to tip her.

  • What Gennica did was really, really wonderful.

  • And she deserves praise for that.

  • She was being a really good ally,

  • but the fact that people are calling her a hero

  • and that's a word I've been seeing a lot

  • everywhere in the media.

  • I think that's really, really problematic and toxic

  • because why should it be seen as something that's heroic

  • to stand up for what's right?

  • Like literally everybody should do that

  • if they're placed in that instance.

  • I just think it speaks to a bigger problem.

  • And that's something that's really hard to talk about

  • 'cause obviously this dialogue is super, super important

  • because it feeds into the white savior complex.

  • It's such a difficult discussion to have with people online

  • because people are quick again, to be defensive and be like,

  • Oh, why are you attacking white people

  • when they're trying to be your allies?

  • But there's a huge difference

  • between being an ally and a savior.

  • So I would say one important thing

  • is if you see it happening

  • and it doesn't have to be happening to you,

  • you have to call it out.

  • You have to make sure that those people know

  • that that's not okay.

  • And another thing is that people have to be open

  • to being wrong.

  • It's really important to just reflect and sit down,

  • take a beat for a minute and be like, okay,

  • why does this person think that what I'm saying

  • or doing is racist and how can I be better?

  • We all have to be open to making mistakes

  • and being corrected.

  • Nobody's born woke.

  • Like we all have to learn and unlearn.

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I Am The Victim Of A Racist Assault

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/28
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