Chicago Med star Arden Cho opens up about enduring racist attack

Justin Harp
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Photo credit: Rachel Luna - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rachel Luna - Getty Images

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The following article contains details of a racist attack that readers may find distressing.

Chicago Med star Arden Cho has urged her social media followers to get involved in stopping anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination after enduring a horrific attack.

The 35-year-old actress is a familiar face to viewers of the NBC medical drama as Ethan's estranged sister Emily, and also had a recurring role in Teen Wolf as the Thunder Kitsune Kira.

Earlier this week, Arden experienced a deeply disturbing series of events while walking her dog when she was called a racial slur and warned that a passer-by would kill both her and her pet.

Arden shared these traumatic details on her Instagram page to show the ways in which Asian people are being terrorised by racist bullies in the most mundane of circumstances.

Photo credit: Michael Loccisano - Getty Images
Photo credit: Michael Loccisano - Getty Images

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"I haven't been this scared in years," she wrote to her followers. "He was a couple feet away and started coming towards me. I grabbed Chewy [dog] and ran as fast as I could. I'm not crying anymore, but I'm still scared, I'm still shaking."

Arden explained that although she is able to defend herself and carries a knife because she's a night runner, this abusive incident has deeply shaken her.

"I'm young and fit, I shouldn't be scared but I am," she acknowledged. "All my trauma as a kid has been coming back as I watch our elders get beaten up and killed.

"I've been kicked in the face till I was unconscious and hospitalized, I was only a kid. I didn't realise how much that incident shaped my life. How much fear I've always lived with."

Photo credit: Arden Cho - YouTube
Photo credit: Arden Cho - YouTube

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While sharing that her mother is scared to even go outside following a global rise in anti-Asian violence, Arden asked those reading her statement to "please help" in stopping racism.

BTS recently shared a powerful statement sharing their own experiences with racism, expressing their "grief and anger" over the recent rise in injuries and deaths.

"We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together," the band said.

The United Nations has also led calls for world governments to do more about the alarming rise of violence, saying that its Secretary General António Guterres "stands in solidarity with all those who face racism and other assaults on their human rights".

There has been a 300% increase in hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians in the UK, according to UK police data.

Readers can donate to besea.n (Britain's East and Southeast Asian Network), UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up to Racism, and End the Virus of Racism, which is committed to addressing racism against East and Southeast Asians.

Readers in the US can donate to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, AAPI Women Lead, and Stop AAPI Hate.

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