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SNL’s Bowen Yang Urges People To ‘Do More’ To Stop Anti-Asian Racism



Saturday Night Live‘s Bowen Yang made an impassioned plea for people to “do more” to fight anti-Asian racism amid a rise in attacks on Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S.

Yang’s segment in last night’s Weekend Update opened with host Colin Jost introducing him as the “Asian cast member.”

“Is that my official title?” Yang asked. “That’s how you told me to introduce you,” Jost replied.

“Yeah, I set your a** up,” Yang said, before explaining that “things for Asians in this country have been bleak for the past two weeks, and all the weeks before that since forever.”

Earlier this month, six Asian women were among eight people killed in shootings at spas in the Atlanta area. The shootings sparked fear in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, which was already on edge amid a rise in violence and hate incidents during the coronavirus pandemic and prompted “Stop Asian Hate” protests across the county.

In his segment, Yang jokingly listed some of the “super helpful” posts he said he had spotted on Instagram in the wake of the attacks.

He said they included “six ways you can check in on your AAPI friends and tell them they’re so hot” and “amplify these Asian voices who want more Paneras in North Brooklyn.”

Asked if those were real, Yang said: “Okay fine, here’s something we can all do: call your Senator and demand that they know about the lesbian characters in Sailor Moon!”

But on a serious note, Yang then said: “What can I say to help how insanely bad things are? If someone’s personality is ‘Punch an Asian Grandma’, it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma. You want to punch her. There ain’t no common ground, mama.”

He urged people to do more than just post on Instagram and make a donation.

“You’re ordering from Chinese restaurants? Great. Do more. Let me know when you feed your white kids chicken feets,” Yang said.

“Like, why are you telling me that you tipped your manicurist? Well, let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone. Do more.”

Bowen Yang attends Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” Premiere Party at Valentine DTLAon January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Yang said he didn’t have the answers, but added: “I’m not just looking for them online, I’m looking around me.”

He noted that a GoFundMe page for an Asian grandmother who was attacked in San Francisco had amassed more than $900,000 in donations “which she immediately gave back to the community.”

“That’s where we are as Asians. Now come meet us there,” he said.

Citing a Mandarin cheer which he said means “fuel up,” Yang added: “I don’t know what’s helpful to say to everyone, but that’s what I say to myself. Fuel up, do more.”



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