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  • South Korean pop group BTS spoke out against anti-Asian hate spreading across the U.S.
  • The group said following its first in-person concert since the beginning of the pandemic they are hopeful when they “talk about Asian hate, our path, all the awards and our music, we just hope that this can truly help every Asian in the world."
  • BTS, in a statement on Twitter earlier this year, condemned the spate of anti-Asian attacks and offered condolences to those “who lost their loved ones.”

South Korean pop group BTS spoke out against anti-Asian hate spreading across the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The group said following its first in-person concert since the beginning of the pandemic they are hopeful when they “talk about Asian hate, our path, all the awards and our music, we just hope that this can truly help every Asian in the world,” according to NBC News. 

“If there is something that we can help ... we’re always open. We’ll try to expand the variety and stop the discrimination and racism,” Kim Nam-Joon added at the news conference. 

BTS, in a statement on Twitter earlier this year, condemned the spate of ant-Asian attacks and offered condolences to those “who lost their loved ones.” 

"We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians," BTS said. "We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians speak English."

"We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason," the group continued. "Our own experience are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem."

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There were more than 9,000 incidents of hate targeting Asian Americans since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published in August.

Stop AAPI Hate received 9,081 reports between March 2020 and June 2021, with nearly 2,500 incidents reported between April and June. Reports ranged from verbal and online harassment to physical assault. A majority of the reports were submitted by women.


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Published on Dec 03, 2021