Massive Crowds of Asian Americans Across the Country March in Support of #BlackLivesMatter

In solidarity with Black Lives Matter (BLM), multiple Asian American celebrities took to the streets and the internet over the weekend to condemn the death of George Floyd, denounce police brutality and call for the long-overdue racial equality in the U.S.

Numerous Asian American personalities have voiced support in the movement since it returned to public consciousness after Floyd’s death, which is currently being tried as second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

 

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Last weekend, more celebrities used their platforms to express understanding of the historic plight of African Americans by joining public demonstrations and mobilizing support on social media.

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Daniel Dae Kim

Actor Daniel Dae Kim was reportedly protesting with a Racism is Contagious sign in Hawaii.

Lisa Ling

Journalist Lisa Ling took a video from one protest she attended saying she’s been moved to tears by the efforts of those fighting racism.

Harry Shum Jr., Roy Choi and Bobby Hundreds

Chinese American actor Shum, Korean American chef Choi and Korean American author Hundreds joined a BLM protest in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

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Today’s @latimes. “Despite damage, L.A. Streetwear stores support Floyd protests.” Link in bio.

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Vanessa Hudgens

Filipino American actor Vanessa Hudgens joined a BLM protest in LA on Sunday.

 

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THIS.

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LA. Today we marched, chanted and made history. United we stand. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 vid: @yakooza

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Joe Jitsukawa

Japanese American comedian and entrepreneur Joe Jitsukawa also joined the BLM protest in LA on Friday. In an Instagram post, he argued why Asians should support Black Lives despite the fact that some African Americans are responsible for hate crimes against the Asian American community during the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I’ve seen some resistance from some Asians. ‘Why should we help them when they attacked us for corona racism?’ Remember if you don’t like racism then that reasoning is what keeps racism alive. We all have bullies and criminals in each of our communities,” Jitsukawa wrote.

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For all the Asians who aren’t sure why we should support the black community. I’ve seen some resistance from some Asians. “Why should we help them when they attacked us for corona racism”. Remember if you don’t like racism then that reasoning is what keeps racism alive. We all have bullies and criminals in each of our communities. For every bad example I can also think of good. We gotta stay away from this low level of thought. I’ve included photos as showing a long history in America of asian and black support. We’re not only helping “them” but it’s our duty and responsibility as Americans that want change in our system. Black people marched against the Vietnam war when they didn’t have to, they stood by Japanese Americans in the civil rights movement and helped us get an apology from the us government. There was so much collaboration between our peoples. There’s a history of unity within the black and yellow. When we needed them they came out for us. Now the reason why most of us don’t know this: our school system doesn’t teach it. Malcom x had a Japanese american friend yuri kochiyama who sadly he died in her arms during his assassination. There were Japanese in the black panthers. America has a history of many cultures so let’s show that and stop treating us like foreigners or freeloaders. This is my country and I want change. Asians stand up for black lives. #blacklivesmatter @asiansforblacklivesmatter

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Adam Pu

American model Adam Pu, who is of Chinese and Cambodian descent, also joined the BLM protest in LA on Sunday.

 

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U•N•I•T•Y 🌎 LA. 6/7/2020

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Dumbfoundead

Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead did not only join the BLM protest in LA on Friday — he also brought his mom with him.

“Me and my mama pulled the f*ck up for our brothers, sisters and the change we want to see in this world,” he wrote on Instagram.

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Jenna Ushkowitz

Korean American producer and actor Jenna Ushkowitz shared a powerful message in a BLM Instagram post on Sunday.

“It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s okay to say something wrong. As long as you’re talking, educating yourself and learning,” she captioned a graphic text about openness to new information.

Ki Hong Lee

Korean American actor Ki Hong Lee shared an Instagram post titled “Resources to Allyship” on Friday. The quick guide featured initiatives to donate to, books to read, entertainment to consume, petitions to sign and artwork to share for the advancement of Black Lives.

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Mindy Kaling

Indian American actor and writer Mindy Kaling invited fellow South Asians to an online event that will tackle how the community must organize to amplify the movement of Black Lives. Scheduled at 6 p.m. ET on June 12, the event will feature Black writer and abolitionist Zoé Samudzi.

 

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How can we show solidarity with our black community? I’m gonna tune in and learn more. Join me, my South Asian brothers and sisters. #repost @southasians4blacklives ・・・ South Asians in Defense of Black Lives: A Conversation with Zoe Samudzi South Asians across the United States must organize ourselves to amplify the demands of the Movement for Black Lives. Join national South Asian organizations to discuss how to organize our community associations, businesses, families and religious institutions to divest from policing, push for anti-racist policies, and practice intra-racial solidarity that builds safer communities. Co-hosts: South Asians for Black Lives, Desis Rising Up & Moving, Equality Labs, SAALT, Jakara Movement, Adhikaar, South Dakota Voices for Peace, API Chaya, South Asian Public Health Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, SAHARA Date: Friday, June 12 Time: 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET RSVP: bit.ly/sa4bl Accessibility: ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided.

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