Sandra Oh gives passionate speech at Stop Asian Hate protest

Jess Lee
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Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images
Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

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Sandra Oh has given a passionate speech at a Stop Asian Hate protest over the weekend.

The Killing Eve and Grey's Anatomy star made the surprise appearance at the rally in Oakland, Pittsburgh, as hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans and Asians around the world have significantly risen over the past year.

Addressing the Asian American community, Oh said (via CBS Pittsburgh): "For many of us in the community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful for everyone willing to listen.

Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images
Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

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"One thing that I know is, 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. Everyone here, I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me? If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us?

"We must understand as Asian Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, 'Help me and I'm here'."

Oh then led the crowd to chant: "I am proud to be Asian. I belong here."

"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," she added.

On Tuesday (March 16), mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia killed eight people, including six Asian women.

In the UK, there has been a 300% increase in hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians, 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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