South Korean Youth Group Speaks on Anti-Asia Hate at White House

K-pop group BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, attended a press conference in the White House on May 31, mentioning the recent surge in Asian hate crimes and choosing to speak out collectively to stop these crimes.

The youth group’s presentation directly addressed Asian hatred and discrimination, with seven members speaking in turn. They reiterated that all ethnic groups have their history, and it is fundamental for people to respect and understand others. But Asians have recently faced deep discrimination and even crime. There has been a 77% increase in hate crimes against Asians in 2020 and upwards of 300% in 2021 due to the CCP virus pandemic. President Biden signed the law against Asian hate crimes in May 2021, known as the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. Next, BTS would meet with President Biden to continue discussing the topic of anti-Asian hate.

The music created by Korean artists has such fantastic powers, reaching worldwide, transcending language and cultural barriers. The White House press conference is usually watched online by 10,000 people, and this BTS event was watched online by over 300,000 people.

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