Vietnamese American MC Records Neighbor Shouting Racist Things at Her for HOURS
"Report the crime. Speak up. Let people know that this is not alright," Ky Duyen encourages others.
A renowned Vietnamese American MC has recounted her first taste of racism in a YouTube video that empowers others to take action against offenders.
Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, or simply Ky Duyen, is known in both Vietnam and Vietnamese communities internationally as the daughter of South Vietnam’s former Vice President and Prime Minister, Nguyen Cao Ky. She has lived in Southern California for 45 years, but it was only recently that she experienced discrimination — and right in her new home in Huntington Beach.
“Why do I keep calling the police and why should we all do the same thing? It’s because you want to have records,” said Ky Duyen, who is also a California attorney. “You want to have evidence that this person has done this before and you want to preserve all evidence for later, if it escalates to the point you’re harmed or anybody in your family is harmed.”
After the incidents, Ky Duyen installed security cameras all around her house. Two weeks later, the idea of constant surveillance wore the man down.
“The guy came over, called it a truce and apologized,” Ky Duyen said. “Not only did he admit that he was drunk, [but that] he was out of line, [and] he apologized.”
Ky Duyen forgave the man, but she holds him accountable for his words. She also pointed out that racists like him are a minority.
“The minute he started screaming at me that night, all of the neighborhood came out and they stood up for me. They told him to ‘Shut up,’ ‘Don’t do that’ and ‘Go back in the house,'” Ky Duyen recalled. “They told me that this guy has been a troublemaker for all of the neighborhood.”
She added, “We have nothing to be afraid of. The majority of Americans are not like that. That’s not what America is about.”
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