Lea Salonga wants hate crime against Asians to stop

Heidi Hsia
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19 Feb – Lea Salonga recently joined a slew of Asian American stars who called for immediate action against perpetrators of hate crime against Asians in the US.

In an Instagram Story posted on 18 February, the Broadway star posted a photo of a person alleged to have injured an Asian lady by pushing her, and wrote, "This guy pushed an Asian lady. She had to get stitches."

She also added two more posts that read, "Violence against Asians in America is a hate crime. Change the legislation" and "Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination did not start with COVID-19."

Earlier, Asian American actors such as Olivia Munn, Lisa Ling, Daniel Wu, and Daniel Dae Kim took to social media to express condemnation against xenophobia towards Asians that had been on the rise since the start of the pandemic, even offering reward money to those who are able to identify the perpetrators.

Daniel Wu offered cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of some perpetrators
Daniel Wu offered cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of some perpetrators

There have been many cases of Asian Americans, mostly elderly people, who were attacked on the street in recent months, with latest cases as early as two weeks ago that include a 61 year-old Filipino man whose face was slashed in the Subway and an 84-year-old Thai man who died two days after he was shoved to the ground.

(Photo Source: Lea Salonga Instagram, Daniel Wu Instagram)