'Patriot Enough?': Asian American Shows Military Scars in Response to Racism

A township trustee in West Chester, Ohio, made an extraordinary gesture during a meeting on March 23, lifting his shirt to show scars he got during his military service in response to those who question his patriotism.

Lee Wong, 69, was speaking about anti-Asian racism, which has become a hot-button issue in the wake of a mass shooting in Georgia, in which six Asian American women were killed.

“For too long, we have, I have, put up with a lot of shit in silence, excuse the language, too afraid to speak out, fearing more abuse and discrimination,” Wong said.

“I’ll show you what patriotism looks like,” he said, before lifting his shirt. Credit: West Chester Township via Storyful