Chinese immigrant Army veteran, 69, shows off scars from his 20 years in the US military in response to people who say he ‘doesn’t look American’ and asks ‘Is this patriot enough?’ amid a surge in hate crime

One official in West Chester Township, Ohio, took a unique step in combating anti-Asian sentiment, stripping off his shirt during a town hall meeting to show scars from war.

The official made his daring gambit as anti-Asian violence continues to rise in the United States, including a mass shooting in Atlanta that took eight lives, six of whom were Asian women.

Investigators are still looking into whether the suspect in that case will be charged with a hate crime.

Lee Wong, 69, a Board of Trustees member of the town, was in a meeting on Tuesday night when he decided to display the effects fighting for the U.S. Army had on his body.

‘I have put up with a lot of (expletive) in silence, excuse me the language, too afraid to speak out, fearing more abuse and discrimination,’ Wong said.

‘I’m getting a little hot on this issue here. People question my patriotism, that I don’t look American enough, They can’t get over this face. I want to show you something, I don’t have to live in fear, intimidation, insults.

‘I’m 69 years old and I’m gonna show you what patriotism – the questions about patriotism – looks like,’ Wong says during the meeting as he begins to unbutton his shirt.

‘Here is my proof,’ Wong says as he lifts up his undershirt, exposing a rash of scars across his chest.

‘This is sustained through my service in the U.S. military. Now is this patriot enough?’

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Source: Daily Mail