Recap: Moving Mountains 2017

SEARAC convened our inaugural Equity Summit in October 2017 in the nation’s capital with over 150 fierce Southeast Asian American community members.

Watch our recap of Moving Mountains 2017:

Many people mentioned that it felt like being with family - I agree.
Moving Mountains was completely uplifting, healing, and much needed.
 

Our Impact

 
 

Name: Montha Chum

Current hometown: Rosemount, MN

What was one lesson learned from the convening?

The storytelling workshop had a huge impact on me. My dad was a Freedom Fighter, a Cambodian soldier who fought for the US during the Vietnam War. I wish I had followed through with the lessons learned from that workshop so that I could have been able to go back and hear my dad’s story about his journey during the war on Southeast Asia and through the Khmer Rouge genocide and his arrival to the US in detail in his words. It is too late for me, but my hope is that it will not be too late for others, as so many of our stories are left unheard.

How has it impacted your current work/activism today?

What Moving Mountains did for me was to help elevate and empower us because there were so many people from all different walks of life that were there. Our story was impactful to others, but also hearing others was impactful to us. Our voice matters, and together we can move mountains.

Montha Chum (pictured at right with her brother), of ReleaseMN8

Montha Chum (pictured at right with her brother), of ReleaseMN8


 
Seng So (pictured above), of Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Seng So (pictured above), of Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Name: Seng So

Current hometown: Hayward, CA

Why did you participate in Moving Mountains?

I participated in the Equity Summit to network with other AANHPI leaders across the country who are doing work around equity specific to AANHPI communities, to understand best practices, and take back tools to my local community.

What was one lesson learned from the convening?

That we are a young but growing demographic in America and that it is vital that we continue to develop inroads, support for, and alignment in our work across our different sectors.