Shangi-Chi star Simu Liu feels unsafe following California mass shooting at Lunar New Year celebration!
After the Monterey Park mass shooting, the Canadian-Canadian actor took to Instagram and expressed his sadness over the victims affected by the incident.
The gunman killed eleven people and injured nine others, in a shooting that happened at a Lunar New Year celebration held at Star Ballroom Dance Studio.
“This is what it feels like to be Asian American today: SWAT teams and red lanterns,” wrote Simu in a statement shared on Instagram.
“It’s what we all saw as we waited for details to unfurl surrounding the horrific shooting in Monterey Park that left 10 people dead and many injured.
“Shooting in the wake of the Lunar New Year? In the pits of our stomachs, we felt fear of the very real possibility that this could have been a hate crime committed against our community. Was that so far-fetched? Asian Americans continue to be attacked on the streets, so much so that many local police departments have set up dedicated hate crime units. Seeing these images stirred up our worst fears and made us feel unsettled and unsafe.
“As more details emerged about the shooter, a 72-year-old Asian man, we feel no sense of “relief”. People are dead, and a community is still in mourning.
“This is what it feels like to be Asian in America today, during what should have been a joyous time. We are confused, sad, and heartbroken for the families of everyone affected by this senseless act. Please have compassion for us as we sort through it all.” Shangi-Chi star concluded.
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Simu Liu is an actor and writer known for his roles in Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and as the boy next door in Netflix sensation Kim’s Convenience.
His other credits include BBC Three’s Awkwafina Is Nora from Queen’s and Fresh Off The Boat.