Approaching Activism 'With Love': How One Cambodian-American Activist Is Using Her Voice for Change

Life Stories: Vanessa Na

June 9, 201605:53

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Growing up, activist Vanessa Na says the "model minority" stereotype caused displacement for her and her family, which caused them to stop talking about what it meant to be Cambodian Americans. But these days, Na is using her voice to raise awareness for the struggles that still exist among many Asian-American communities around her.

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