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Bruce Lee’s daughter denounces xenophobia amid attacks on Asian Americans

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Shannon Lee, the daughter of famed actor and martial artist Bruce Lee, is speaking out against xenophobia amid a recent spate of attacks targeting Asian Americans.

“This is where ‘kung flu’ leads,” she tweeted.

“You think it’s a joke and that we shouldn’t be so serious about it. But then there are those who latch onto it with hatred and xenophobia and use it to fuel their fear and contempt until it explodes into heinous acts,” Lee continued on a Twitter account bearing her father’s name that is run primarily by her and members of their family company.

“This is what happens when we try to break the oneness into separate parts and decide to categorize and rank the parts as good and bad, better or worse, belonging or not belonging,” she added in a subsequent post.

Lee’s comments came in response to a rising trend of hate incidents against Asian Americans across the nation. 

On Tuesday, eight people were killed in a shooting spree targeting several Atlanta-area massage parlors; six of the victims were Asian women. Police have not decided on a motive for the shooting, though they cautioned at a press conference that it was too early to declare it a hate crime.

Numerous elderly members of Asian American communities in California and elsewhere have also been physically attacked, and Asian American community centers have also faced vandalism.

Former President Trump last year repeatedly referred to the novel coronavirus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, as the “kung flu” and “China virus” despite criticism that the phrases were racist. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany deflected questions on the subject, arguing that Trump was referring to the virus by “its place of origin.”

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