Post the Atlanta shooting on Tuesday killing 8 people, including 6 Asian women, rallies against hate crime and raising support for Asian American communities have been building across the United States. Killing Eve star, Sandra Oh, made a special appearance at a Stop Asian Hate protest at Oakland, Pa, and spoke passionately about her pride in being Asian and reached out to the protestors to help each other.
“Thank you to all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other,” Oh said in the speech captured by CBS Pittsburgh. “For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen.”
“… many of us in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to kind of go through and get through our fear is to reach out to our communities,” Oh said to an eager crowd. “I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me? If you see one of our sisters or brothers in need, will you help us?”
Ending the speech, Oh added, “Many of us don’t get a chance to be able to say that, so I just wanted to give us an opportunity to be able to shout that.”
Many Asian American personalities have been speaking up about their experiences and reaching out to their communities to show support and their distress over the tragedy that so recently befalled. Riverdale actor, Charles Menon, in a guest column for Variety wrote about how he felt he had failed to defend his heritage “in fear of retribution”.
In a tweet from March 17, actress Olivia Munn reaches out to her followers for help.