“There are 7,000 languages in the world, but more connect us all than divide us,” Prena Chakingal says.
She tells her story of living in Pune until she was 6 years old and then moving to America. She talks about how she felt like she was outcast there, even though she knew English. She didn’t have an American accent and often her kids couldn’t understand what she was trying to say. But soon, she started embracing everything she could about the American lifestyle.
We then started making more friends as we talked about how we moved to Pittsburgh. But one day, things changed. People made rude remarks when she started eating Indian food at her lunch.
“It wasn’t just food. It was my culture. My pride,” she says in the video. “I wrapped my lunch in my hands to hide what I was eating. Later that day, I told her mother that I didn’t want to bring roti or rice to lunch.
She continues: I hoped the kids at the lunch table would be able to hold onto these negative thoughts and prejudices. ”
“People with disabilities. Immigrants. LGBTQ. Black. White. Brown. Asian. African. Arab. Native American. Hispanic. What we all have in common is humanity,” she says. .
“2020 has been a challenging year overall. Whether it’s what happened to George Floyd or the hate crimes against Asians. When will this stop? You can’t take anything away,” she adds.
She talks about how we are multifaceted beings who don’t belong to one category. She says diversity mindsets and inclusion classes need to be introduced to kindergarten children.
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