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‘Anti-Asian violence is not new.’ Bao Nguyen’s PSA is a much needed reminder of America’s history


Following the March mass shooting in Atlanta, filmmaker Bao Nguyen used his film and television experience to create a three-minute PSA against anti-Asian hate.

The short film, called “Together,” features celebrities like comedian and actor Ken Jeong, star of the upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Simu Liu, and “Black Panther” and “Us” star Winston Duke. It opens with actor Olivia Munn holding a burning candle. The six Asian women killed in Atlanta “were grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters and wives,” she says.
“They were killed because they were Asian. But anti-Asian violence is not new. It is part of our collective memory,” Munn adds.

The PSA seeks to raise awareness on the long history of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. It’s also a fundraiser for the AAPI Community Fund, which supports several organizations that benefit Asian American communities.
Nguyen spokes with the PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz during an Instagram Live on how the PSA came together and how solidarity can be an answer to combat racism.

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