Stop Asian Hate

3 Asian-American celebrities recall racist attacks

By Gilda Balan, Correspondent

SAN FRANCISCO — Being a celebrity does not shield Asian-Americans from various kinds of racial attacks, ranging from verbal to physical.

This was the case of the female stars of Teen Wolf, The Boys, and Fixer Upper: Welcome Home. In two cases, the assaults were recent, while in another it was in the past, but which left her emotionally scarred for life.

The most recent incident involved Karen Fukuhara, who starred in both The Boys as well as The Suicide Squad. She was recently hit in the back of her head outside a café. Fukuhara was unable to identify her assailant.

In her Instagram post, she said: “This shit needs to stop. Us women, Asians, and the elderly need your help.”

Meanwhile, Teen Wolf actress Arden Cho was likewise the object of a racially-motivated attack while walking her dog.

She recalled that a man first shouted racial slurs at her, which turned to outright threats.

The unknown attacker screamed that he was going to “motherXXXXXXX kill you and your fuXXXXX dog”

The 35-year-old actress said she hadn’t been “this scared in years. He was a couple of feet away and started coming towards me. I grabbed Chewy and ran as fast as I could.”

Cho said the incident brought back the trauma she had experienced as a child.

For Joanna Gaines, 42, of Korean descent, a traumatic experience she had as a child involved her mother.

The star of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home who is also a published author, shared a memory of what her mom had undergone when she was a child.

I remember as a little girl being out with my mom and seeing how in a moment, a person’s harsh look or an underhanded comment would attempt to belittle rich story and her beautiful culture.”

The mother of five recently wrote her second children’s book. The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be, which was translated into her mother’s native language Korean.

She said, “We can’t take lightly the power that our words or actions carry.”

Indeed, spoken words and aggressive actions can be just as harmful as hateful, dagger looks, which show that a person has hate in his or her heart, even against total strangers.

Authorities have said that hate crimes should not be allowed to happen, and action must be taken against the perpetrators. But Fukuhara said she opted not to confront her attacker to avoid the risk of further violence.

One thing has been made clear by the recent incidents. Hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans continue, with some fear it could worsen if a known racist returns to the White House after the November elections.


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