Race Talk: What It’s Like to Be an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) in Hingham

December 7, 2021 Submitted by The Hingham Unity Council

Within the larger context of our nation’s reckoning with race, here’s an opportunity to talk about what’s happening closer to home. Join the Hingham Unity Council (HUC) for a “Race Talk” Thursday, December 9 from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom to uncover some vulnerable and honest truths from our neighbors about what it’s like to be an AAPI person in Hingham for the purpose of understanding and growth as a community.

HUC member Manny Oppong, who moderated HUC’s first Race Talk in February 2021 about the Black and brown experience in our town, will return to host this month’s discussion with AAPI panelists who will each share a little about their personal experiences living, working and/or attending school in Hingham. All are invited to listen to the panelists’ stories and ask questions via private zoom chat to a facilitator.

“Having conversations like this has the potential to open eyes to the realities of race in our own town,” said Oppong. “We want to break down the often-invisible barriers that separate neighbors so that all people may feel they belong here in Hingham.”

As modeled by others like Emmanuel Acho in his video series, “Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man,” and Scituate United for Action on Equality’s race talk series, these open and honest discussions can be an important step in understanding racial injustices and creating a more equitable and just world.

“We understand that having conversations about race can be uncomfortable for some people,” said Katie Sutton, one of HUC’s founders. “We hope by offering a platform like this for these discussions, we will engage more folks in the conversation and inspire understanding and positive action. Stories have power -- and no two are alike!”

All are welcome to register for this event. Zoom link to be provided on registration.

Race Talk: A Conversation About What It’s Like to Be an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) in Hingham 
Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Hosted by Hingham Unity Council

For more information on these and other upcoming events and initiatives, join the Hingham Unity Council’s mailing list at www.hinghamunity.org. Formed by members of the Hingham
community in fall 2019, Hingham Unity Council is part of the South Shore Unity Council, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation.

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