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De Blasio, John Cho, Rep. Grace Meng unite for event to fight racism against Asian Americans

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will join Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and a list of celebrities at a virtual event aimed at combating racism targeting Asian Americans.

An invitation on the website of Act to Change, an anti-bullying organization focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders (AAPI), states that the two New York Democrats will be joined by Hollywood stars including John Cho, Randall Park, Padma Lakshmi and others.

The event’s organizers told Deadline that the COVID-19 crisis, which experts have said has led to a rise in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans, heightens the need for the event.

“Act To Change puts together an annual national AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate to stand in solidarity and recommit to our movement. Sadly, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the xenophobia and racism that AAPI communities have always faced. It’s inspiring to see leaders and individuals from all over the country stand with us, honor the legacy of Vincent Chin, and pledge today and everyday, to stand up against bullying and hate,” Act To Change co-founder Maulik Pancholy told Deadline.

“It’s more important now than ever that we stand up to xenophobia and racism. Our virtual program, UNITED WE STAND, will commemorate this day with special guests and performances,” reads the invitation.

Other prominent guests attending the event include journalist Lisa Ling, who hosts “This is Us” on CNN, as well as actor Kal Penn, who served in a White House outreach role during the Obama administration.


Tags AAPI act to change Bill de Blasio Coronavirus Grace Meng John Cho Kal Penn Lisa Ling Racism xenophobia
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