PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students at a middle school in Philadelphia are celebrating Asian-American Pacific Islander Month in a special way. For an eighth grade student, her social justice project became deeply personal. She touched the lives of many in her classroom and beyond.
Fourteen-year-old Ada Cun is an eighth-grader at Baldi High School and has created a design that tackles difficult problems, far beyond her years.
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“There are a lot of Asian hate crimes and my grandmother and grandparents were afraid to go to the supermarket or go out, and I was like I needed to talk about it,” he said. she declared.
And she did it, not with her words but with her visual message.
As part of a school project for students to address issues of racism and diversity, Ada’s message came from a very personal place – hate crimes of Asian American origin and the way she is. already affected.
“It is heartbreaking to see everything posted by people being attacked and people being bullied online. I was really worried about my family and I was afraid to come out on my own because I didn’t know what was going to happen, ”said Ada.
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His graphics mix the Asian cultural influence on our society, starting with his favorite anime characters.
“I wanted him to grow and explode in food, architecture and skin care and whatever is really enjoyed right now,” Ada said.
The posters will be displayed in the school when the students return in the fall. A reminder to honor and respect people and diversity in all respects.
“Talking about these issues and presenting them can be hard for adults, it wasn’t as hard for these kids to talk about. Art is a great outlet, ”said teacher Lisa Tyler.
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“I hope our community learns to love and appreciate our people,” Ada said.