On March 16, three massage parlors near Atlanta, Georgia were targeted by a 21-year-old white man. Eight people–six of whom were Asian women—were killed. Although the motive for the shootings hasn’t been confirmed, it seems clear: This is a hate crime.
The attacks on Young’s Asian Massage, Gold Spa, and Aromatherapy Spa are part of a bigger pattern of increased violence people of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) descent are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, celebrities are taking to social media to speak out and call for change. They’re sharing their experiences, offering important resources for how to help, and telling the world: Stop AAPI hate.
Read their stories, below—and to learn more ways you can take action, here’s a guide.
Daniel Dae Kim
Eugene Lee Yang