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‘No one is just one thing’: Michelle Li doubles down against racism, launches Very Asian Foundation to amplify AAPI voices

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  • Michelle Li, a news anchor with KSDK in St. Louis, received a call on New Year’s Day from a viewer who complained about her mentioning dumpling soup.
  • The viewer called Li “very Asian,” a phrase that quickly morphed into a movement as politicians, journalists, celebrities, influencers and social media users showed support and shared their own stories.
  • Li appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday where she received seed funding to start The Very Asian Foundation, an organization that will amplify AAPI voices.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that the caller who complained about Li for covering a Memorial Day celebration did not reach KSDK, but another station Li had worked with years ago.

Weeks after receiving a racist voicemail that quickly transformed into a solidarity movement, Missouri news anchor Michelle Li launched The Very Asian Foundation, an organization committed to amplifying diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices.

‘She’s being very Asian’: Viewer criticizes Korean American anchor for talking about dumpling soup on New Year’s Day

Michelle Li She's Being Very Asian
  • A Korean American news anchor in Missouri said on air that she had dumpling soup on New Year’s Day.
  • A viewer called in to say she took offense to the anchor’s remarks, saying white people would not be allowed to speak the same way.
  • Celebrities, journalists, politicians, influencers and social media users have rallied behind the anchor using the hashtag #VeryAsian on Twitter.

A Korean American news anchor in Missouri received an outpouring of support after a viewer complained about her for talking about dumpling soup on New Year’s Day.

Michelle Li, who works at KDSK-TV, an NBC affiliate based in St. Louis, was reporting on food Americans typically eat during New Year celebrations when she mentioned the ethnic dish.

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