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    Navii Chhay hugs her daughter Donnarian Mimande, 12, after Mimande finished reading Chhay's speech at Tuesday's vigil. Chhay and Mimande were in their car in Portland a few weeks ago when a man harassed them and damaged their car. Chhay said she experienced a lot of racism growing up in Providence, R.I., but the experience in Portland was a first for her daughter. Chhay was unable to finish reading her speech and her daughter finished it for her. "It brought up a lot," Chhay said after the vigil. "I just want people to know that this happened and know that it is OK to speak up."

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    Chia-ju Hsieh and Scott Lewis of Kennebunk take part in Tuesday's vigil against anti-Asian violence. Lewis said he and his wife came to Portland because they wanted people who are part of targeted minority communities to know that they stand with them.

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    Navii Chhay stands on stage Tuesday after speaking about her experience in Portland when a man harassed her and her daughter. Tuesday's gathering, put together by Unified Asian Communities, comes amid a dramatic rise in anti-Asian violence nationwide.

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    More than 100 people gather at Payson Park for a vigil against anti-Asian violence on Tuesday. The gathering, organized by Unified Asian Communities, comes amid a dramatic rise in anti-Asian violence nationwide.

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    Emily Cheung, a Deering High School junior and a student representative on Portland's school board, speaks about her experience with racism to over 100 people gathered Tuesday at Payson Park for a vigil against anti-Asian violence.

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    Nancy Merwin, center, of Portland stands with her daughters, Lucinda Hirschkorn, 13, left, and Hana Hirschkorn, 11, during Tuesday's vigil at Payson Park. "We wanted to come and honor victims and support the Asian community," Merwin said.

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    Students from Portland schools hold up signs showing recent victims of violence, including victims of the mass shooting this month in Georgia, during moment of silence at Tuesday's vigil against anti-Asian violence.

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    Portland City Councilor Tae Chong speaks to over 100 people at Payson Park during Tuesday's vigil against anti-Asian violence.

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    Tuesday's vigil against anti-Asian violence drew more than 100 people to Payson Park in Portland.

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