Chloe Bennet & Daniel Dae Kim speak out on anti-Asian racism amid pandemic

Jess Lee
·3-min read
Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images
Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images

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Chloe Bennet and Daniel Dae Kim are among a number of Asian American actors who have spoken out on the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.

Entertainment Weekly hosted a roundtable that also included George Takei, Olivia Munn, Hari Kondabolu, and Dianne Doan, where they discussed their perspectives on hostile behaviour towards Asian people, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The roundtable happened on March 14, two days before Tuesday's mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, in which eight people, including six Asian women, were killed (via BBC).

"We can't ignore the fact that this is all under the umbrella of white supremacy," said Bennet, star of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images
Photo credit: Taylor Hill - Getty Images

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"Part of white supremacy is pinning non-white groups against each other, and we can't really address the racism that's happening towards Asian Americans without addressing the racism that's happening towards African Americans and our Latinx brothers and sisters.

"I feel like these past few months and this past year have really shifted my understanding of my place in how I can help everyone. There are so many incredible grassroot organisers and people on the ground that have been doing this for a really long time – Asian American groups and advocacy organisations that are really putting in the work, but really just need to be amplified."

She continued: "And us as people who have platforms... it's really about amplifying the people who have been doing this work for a really long time."

Kim, best known for his role in Hawaii Five-0, added: "I would like to speak to the importance of allyship. Every group in America has their own specific history here, and all of us have one thing in common in that we've suffered oppression in one way or the other.

Photo credit: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

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"This is not a victim mentality, and this is not our way of saying, 'We deserve or we are entitled to [it]', but it is our way of saying that we are stronger together.

"It might be wrong to say, 'Well, our experience is equal to another ethnic group's experience'. I don't think we can say that. But we can say that we have suffered under the same paradigm and dynamic that exists in American history, and I think if we are together recognising this collectively, it will really help all of us."

The rise in violence against Asians isn't exclusive to the US. For example, the UK has seen a 300% increase in hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians recently, according to End the Virus of Racism.

Readers can donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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