Sandra Oh: “I am proud to be Asian”

Jessica Davis
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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

Sandra Oh made a passionate speech during a surprise appearance at a Stop Asian Hate rally over the weekend.

The Killing Eve star told the crowd on Saturday, 20 March, how grateful she was to the organisers of the event in Pittsburgh for giving the East Asian community a chance to express their fear and anger.

“Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you and thank you to all the organisers for organising this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other,” she said.

“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful for everyone willing to listen," Oh continued. "One thing that I know is that many in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to go through our fear is to reach out to our community."

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This weekend's rally came after a series of shootings in Atlanta that appeared to be racially-motivated (six of the eight people killed in the attacks were of Asian descent). Oh is one of many celebrities to stand against Asian hate - other high-profile names include Gemma Chan, Olivia Munn and Ava DuVernay.

"To everyone here, I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me?" Oh challenged the crowds. "If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us? We must understand, as Asian Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, 'Help me and I'm here.' I am proud to be Asian. I belong here."

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