SNL star Bowen Yang gives emotional speech on fighting anti-Asian hate crimes

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Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang has been praised for an emotional speech calling on Americans to ‘do more’ to tackle anti-Asian hate crimes following a series of violent racist incidents.

The 30-year-old comedian spoke of a “ dismal ” two weeks for American Asians, in which six Asian women were shot in a series of shootings at spas in Atlanta and a grandmother beat off a racist attacker in San Francisco with a stick.

Describing the 76-year-old’s experience, he said things were ‘insanely bad’ for Asians before adding, ‘I’m just a comedian, I don’t have the answers, but I’m not just looking for them online – I’m looking back me. ‘

His speech was widely shared online, with fans calling him a ‘legend’ and many echoing a Mandarin cheer he mentioned, meaning ‘refueling’.

SNL cast member Bowen Yang spoke of a 'dismal' two weeks for American Asians in a segment this weekend

SNL cast member Bowen Yang spoke of a ‘dismal’ two weeks for American Asians in a segment this weekend

At the beginning of the segment, Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost introduced Yang as the sketch show’s “ Asian cast member, ” prompting him to ask, “ Wait, is that my official title? ”

“That’s how you told me to introduce you!” Jost said.

“Yeah, I got you a ** ready,” Yang joked. ‘It feels good.’

Yang, SNL’s first Asian cast member, described how “things have been bleak for Asians in this country for the past two weeks, and all the weeks before that ever since.”

He went on to share ironic ways to help, including telling Asian friends ‘they’re so hot’ and ‘amplifying these Asian voices who want more Paneras in North Brooklyn.’

To make a more serious comment, he continued, ‘What can I say to help how insanely bad things are? If someone’s personality hits an Asian grandmother, it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandmother, you want to slap her. There is no common ground, Mommy. ‘

Yang welcomed his friends who donated to a Go Fund Me call for the grandmother, but told them to move on.

‘Why are you telling me you tipped your manicure right? Please let me know if you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she’s looking at your phone. Do more.’

Later he continued: ‘I’m just a comedian. I don’t have the answers, but I don’t just look for them online. I look around. ‘

Earlier this month, eight people - including six Asian women - were shot in a series of shootings at spas in Atlanta, including the Gold Spa (pictured)

Earlier this month, eight people - including six Asian women - were shot in a series of shootings at spas in Atlanta, including the Gold Spa (pictured)

Earlier this month, eight people – including six Asian women – were shot in a series of shootings at spas in Atlanta, including the Gold Spa (pictured)

His speech was widely shared online, with fans calling him a 'legend' and many repeating a Mandarin cheer he mentioned meaning 'refueling'

His speech was widely shared online, with fans calling him a 'legend' and many repeating a Mandarin cheer he mentioned meaning 'refueling'

His speech was widely shared online, with fans calling him a ‘legend’ and many repeating a Mandarin cheer he mentioned meaning ‘refueling’

After telling the story of Xiao Zhen Xie, the San Francisco grandmother who knocked off a racist attacker with a stick and now plans to give the nearly $ 1 million donated by benefactors to tackle hate crimes, Yang said : ‘That’s where we are as Asians. Come and meet us there now. ‘

He ended his performance on a more optimistic note, telling the audience about a Mandarin cheer that means ‘refueling’.

“I don’t know what’s helpful to say to everyone, but that’s what I’m saying to myself,” he said. ‘Run out of fuel. Do more. It’s the year of the metal ox, which actually means a car. So everyone, get in, put on your seat belt! They are not bathroom breaks! We’re driving at sunrise, grandmas! ‘

The speech was greeted with a wild reception on Twitter, with Daniel Dae Kim tweeted, ‘Thank you, Bowen Yang and @SNL. Yes, we refuel! ‘

Akilah Hughes wrote, “Bowen Yang is a legend.”

The speech was greeted with a wild reception on Twitter, with Daniel Dae Kim tweeted, 'Thank you, Bowen Yang and @SNL.  Yes, we refuel!  '

The speech was greeted with a wild reception on Twitter, with Daniel Dae Kim tweeted, 'Thank you, Bowen Yang and @SNL.  Yes, we refuel!  '

The speech was greeted with a wild reception on Twitter, with Daniel Dae Kim tweeted, ‘Thank you, Bowen Yang and @SNL. Yes, we refuel! ‘

Andrew Phung said, ‘Bowen Yang is Crown! Thank you for your honest words and I laughed. Get to know the Asian community where we are located. FUEL AND DO MORE! ‘

Naomi Ekperigin wrote: ‘Bowen Yang is the truth and the light !!!!!!!!!!’

And a Twitter user who gave her name only as Nadia added, “Everyone should listen to what Bowen Yang is saying.”

Anti-Asian hate incidents have increased during the pandemic. Between March 2020 and February 2021, nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents were reported to stop AAPI Hate, according to Today.com

Yesterday, an official in West Chester Township, Ohio, took a unique step in combating anti-Asian sentiments by taking off his shirt at a town hall meeting to reveal war scars.

The official made his daring effort as anti-Asian violence continues to increase in the United States, including a mass shooting in Atlanta that claimed eight lives, six of them Asian women.

Investigators are still investigating whether the suspect will be charged with a hate crime in that case.

Lee Wong, 69, a member of the city’s Board of Trustees, was in a meeting Tuesday night when he decided to show the effects of fighting for the US military on his body.

On March 18, Grandmother Xiao Zhen Xie was attacked in San Francisco by a white man in his thirties, but she was able to fend him off with a wooden stick and ended up hospitalizing her attacker.

In New York City, a 25-year-old Asian woman was peed in two separate incidents that happened on the subway just days apart.

Chinese immigrant grandmother, 76, who beat racist attacker with a stick and now vows to give her $ 900,000 GoFundMe donations to San Francisco’s Asian-American

In his segment, Bowen Yang was referring to the case of Xiao Zhen Xie, who beat a racist attacker with a stick before vowing to donate the nearly $ 1 million donated to her to San Francisco’s Asian-American community to aid racism. combat.

The 76-year-old fought back against a man who randomly attacked her on March 17 and sent him to hospital on a stretcher covered in blood.

Xie told San Francisco at the time KPIX 5 that she was standing at an intersection on Market Street when 39-year-old Steven Jenkins punched her in the face and injured her eyes.

Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, fought back against her attacker in San Francisco, causing injuries to the much younger man that required a trip to the hospital.

Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, fought back against her attacker in San Francisco, causing injuries to the much younger man that required a trip to the hospital.

Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, fought back against her attacker in San Francisco, causing injuries to the much younger man that required a trip to the hospital.

Xie said she found a stick nearby to defend herself and started hitting it.

Well-intentioned people quickly raised thousands for Xie, with the current total of just under $ 1 million.

In an act of extraordinary generosity, her family said the money on Sunday increased would go elsewhere.

“When we visited our grandmother yesterday and today, her overall mental and physical health has improved,” said her grandson, John Chen, on the fundraising page.

Xiao Zhen Xie's family announced on Sunday that the money raised from GoFundMe would be used elsewhere

Xiao Zhen Xie's family announced on Sunday that the money raised from GoFundMe would be used elsewhere

Xiao Zhen Xie’s family announced on Sunday that the money raised from GoFundMe would be used elsewhere