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SAG-AFTRA Members Condemn Anti-Asian Racism in New PSA

Lucy Liu, Ken Jeong and Tzi Ma had been amongst 16 Asian-American SAG-AFTRA members who appeared in a brand new PSA launched on Tuesday denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes.

The video, that includes each actors, journalists and social media influencers, was filmed to encourage Americans to “stand against the stigma, xenophobia and harassment related to COVID-19 that Asian Americans continue to experience,” the union mentioned. It was launched throughout a dwell stream panel dialogue hosted by the union centered on Asian American and Pacific Islander illustration in media.

The members within the video encourage viewers to “stand up against racism when you see it.”

“Support local Asian-American business owners,” actor Clyde Kusatsu mentioned at one level. “Take care of your neighbors. We will get through this with empathy, care and love for our fellow man, woman and child.”

“As a global community, we are experiencing a historically difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris mentioned in a press release. “Unfortunately, instead of working together to get through this crisis, a few misguided people are looking for a scapegoat. We are still seeing a shocking increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, including shunning, racial profiling, verbal harassment and even physical assault. This is a time of high stress, but that is no excuse for discriminatory behavior. We are all Americans and we are all in this together.”

Added Ren Hanami, chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee, “SAG-AFTRA is paying attention to those brave Asian American voices coming forward with their heart-wrenching experiences of harassment. We are listening to our members who have a stake in shaping a better world, free of discrimination and harassment, and we applaud Asian American activists, organizations and allies who are bringing attention to this issue. SAG-AFTRA stands with you.”

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