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K-pop artists Eric Nam, CL, Tablo and more make their stand clear: Let’s stop Asian hate

“Asians were treated as perpetual foreigners, invited but not fully integrated,” says K-pop singer-songwriter Eric Nam.

Eric Nam performs at his "Before We Begin" world tour in Singapore. Photo: File/Avier Tan

Other than COVID-19, there’s something else plaguing the world. Worse still, there’s no vaccine to suppress this atrocity.

It’s the stateside anti-Asian hate crimes we’re talking about here.

A week has passed since the Atlanta spa shootings, but the ripple effects are still being felt to date. In fact, Asian-Americans being assaulted on the streets, especially the elderly, is still rampant at best.

But K-pop artists have used their influence to speak up against such monstrous acts.

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Oklahoma-born soloist Alexa, former 2NE1 member CL, and Epik High’s frontman Tablo, among others, have taken to social media to condemn such actions.


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They also voiced their support to #StopAsianHate, sharing images of campaigns raising awareness about the violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.

Other artists such as P1Harmony, Jay Park and Black Swan’s Fatou, have made their stance clear on the virtual realm.

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Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam has taken things one step further. He penned an op-ed piece on TIME, detailing why anti-Asian racism is a pressing issue to address.

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“The news quite literally hit home for me—I was born and raised in Atlanta and some of the murders took place near my old stomping grounds”, the 32 year-old wrote.

“Asians were treated as perpetual foreigners, invited but not fully integrated. [They were] largely ignored under the guise of being ‘O.K’ in culture and politics,” he said.

Nam also spoke to CNN in the CNN Newsroom yesterday, via Skype from Los Angeles.

“There are so many moments where I felt targeted, discriminated against. Things could also be casually racist,” speaking from personal experience.

He was faced with casual yet gratuitous remarks such as “Where are you from? Where are you really from?”, or “Why is your English so good?”. On the surface, these comments may seem like nothing much, but has prompted Nam to ponder over where he belongs to, and how he identifies.

If anything, it is hoped that his stories, or the piece he’d written on TIME could call on the mass public to hear them out. “Being silent now is being complicit,” he asserted.

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