Thousands last weekend protested the staggering increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US – most recently by a 21-year-old white man who shot and killed six Asian women in three spas in Atlanta, Georgia last Tuesday.
Among those who called for action and expressed support for the AAPI community was Sandra Oh, who grabbed a megaphone and delivered a passionate speech to hundreds of attendees at a rally near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “For many of us in our community, this is the first time we have been able to express our fear and anger,” began the South Korean actor. “I am really so grateful for everyone who is willing to listen.”
“One thing I know is that there are a lot of people in our community that are very scared, and I understand that,” Oh continued. “One way to overcome our fear is to reach out to our community.” She challenged the crowd to help all who see her in need.
At what is perhaps the most powerful moment, Oh raised his fist and repeated two statements: “I am proud to be an Asian. I belong here. “Many, Oh explained,” don’t get the chance to say that, so I just wanted to give us the chance to scream that. “
According to a promoter, Oh was shooting a television series in Pennsylvania that he couldn’t name “because of NDAs and all.” He may be referring to The Chair, a Netflix dramedy that Amanda Peet co-created with DB Weiss and Game of Thrones’ David Benioff, as filming of Killing Eva’s final season won’t start until the spring.