Constance Wu says her family hasn’t talked about her sexual assault: ‘Asian families avoid the uncomfortable conversations’

Constance Wu says her family hasn’t talked about her sexual assault: ‘Asian families avoid the uncomfortable conversations’
Bryan Ke
October 26, 2022
Constance Wu recently revealed that her family has been avoiding conversations about mental health issues and the alleged rape incident she experienced in her 20s.
During the 2022 MAKERS Conference in Dana Point, California, on Monday, human rights activist Loretta J. Ross asked Wu, 40, about her family’s reactions to her recent revelation about rape.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” star shared that no one in her family has brought it up yet.
They haven’t talked about it to me yet because Asian families avoid the uncomfortable conversations!” Wu told Ross, the co-founder of SisterSong, during their conversation.
So no one’s been, like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were raped,’” Wu added.
Elsewhere in their conversation, Ross asked the “Hustler” star if she has had any encounters with fans who have shared stories about their own mental health challenges that they are scared to disclose.
“I think people have been sharing a lot of stories that they have been afraid to talk about, and sharing fears and stigmas asking for mental health help or any type of vulnerability,” Wu replied.
If we can’t even have the vulnerability to say to our parents or them to say to us, ‘I love you,’ then how will we have the vulnerability to be, like, ‘I need help’?” she continued. So opening up that conversation, instead of just focusing on all the positive parts of our culture, I think is an important first step of admitting that you need help because things aren’t perfect.”
Wu took a three-year break from social media following the online backlash she faced for her tweets about ABC renewing “Fresh Off the Boat” for a sixth season. She returned to Twitter and Instagram in July, revealing some details about her suicide attempt and her memoir “Making a Scene.”
Describing to Ross that her hiatus from social media felt “fantastic,” Wu said that she has returned with a different mindset and that her “biggest goal was to help people who were going through what I went through.”
It’s going to be through talking about my experience through social media and letting them know it’s OK to seek help,” Wu added. “And so that’s why I ultimately came back is because — even though I was scared of it — the way it might help somebody meant more to me than my fear of it did.”
During recent interviews, Wu has shed more light on her profanity-laced tweets and has also talked about how she felt betrayed by the Asian American community following the backlash.
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