At the South Asian Youth Action in Queens, New York, young adults gather regularly to support one another and discuss issues affecting them, from academic to personal.
One of the topics often discussed: their experiences with discrimination, and how it's affected them.
"Whenever I hear the word 'Islamophobia,' I just get really angry because people blame the entire Muslim population over the actions of a few individuals that falsely use the name of Islam in order to justify their actions that are clearly unjustifiable." Samena Hoque told NBC News.
"Take Back" is a five-part series on "NBC Asian America Presents...," a digital video channel that will feature original content centered around themes and voices found in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. "NBC Asian America Presents..." videos can also be watched on NBC Asian America's Facebook page, NBC News' official YouTube channel, and the NBC News app available on mobile devices, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Catch up on more videos online at NBCAsianAmericaPresents.com.
WATCH MORE "TAKE BACK":
- Episode 1: Run River North Is Making Music, Sharing Stories
- Episode 2: Young Adults Speak Out About Encountering Islamophobia
- Episode 3: Where Do Stereotypes About Asian-American Men Come From?
- Episode 4: How the Model Minority Myth Hurts Asian-American Elders
- Episode 5: Nicole Ponseca Aims to Bring Filipino Food 'to the Masses'