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ElevAsian was founded by four Milwaukee area AAPI community leaders - Jessica Boling, Erik Kennedy, May yer Thao, and Shary Tran.  They kept spotting each other, often the "only Asian people" at community events.  This forged a strong friendship and common desire to increase the visibility and presence of other AAPI leaders in the community.  "We needed a voice for the AAPI community and a seat at the table."  It started with a hashtag.  In 2016, #ElevAsian was born.  The movement grew and continues to evolve into a community that is changing the narrative about AAPI in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin and in the US.  

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