“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh said she’s “proud to be Asian” during a “Stop Asian Hate” protest on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Speaking to a crowd of masked people, Oh gave a powerful speech about the importance of supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
“Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you, and thank you to all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together,” she told the crowd, which was captured by CBS Pittsburgh. “For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and anger.”
Oh’s remarks come days after eight people were killed in a deadly spree shooting at three Atlanta-area spas, the majority of them women and of Asian descent.
During her speech, Oh urged the crowd to speak up and show up for the Asian-American community when possible.
“I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me? If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us?” Oh asked the crowd, which responded with a resounding “yes.”
She went on, “We must understand as Asian Americans, we need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, ‘Help me’ and ‘I’m here.’ I’m proud to be Asian. I want to hear you say, ‘I am proud to be Asian. I belong here.’ “
Oh’s former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star, Ellen Pompeo, shared her speech on Twitter and showed her support. “You belong here, love her,” Pompeo wrote.
On Friday, the 49-year-old actress took to Instagram seeking support. “Friends and fellow AAs, I send loving kindness and support to the families of the eight souls murdered in Georgia on March 16th. And to all victims of racist violence,” her statement read. “I am devastated and profoundly angry. I know many of you are scared, but let us not be afraid.”
She concluded, “Remember #itsanhonorjusttobeasian. Let us ALL join together to #stopasianhate.”
The eight people killed in Tuesday’s attack have been identified as Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan and Daoyou Feng.
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