When Kaylee Cong’s father told her that a man punched him from behind last Saturday evening in the Uptown neighborhood, she wondered whether there were other Asian Americans in Chicago with similar stories of violence against them. Cong said her 60-year-old father waited until the next morning to tell her about why his head throbbed because his generation was accustomed to staying silent about such struggles. She felt differently and on Sunday filed a Chicago police report on his behalf that a spokesman told the Tribune was “under investigation.” Later that week, she also posted his account on her nail salon’s Instagram account with the hashtag “#stopasianhate,” a slogan that many in the Asian American community and beyond have posted in response to a recent reported wave of violence and racism against them in the U.S.

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