On Saturday evening — the eve of Lunar New Yr — a shooter opened fireplace on Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California. Not less than 11 folks died and 9 extra have been injured. The shooter went to a second dance studio, Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio, the place 26-year-old Brandon Tsay disarmed him and undoubtedly prevented the dying toll from climbing a lot larger.
Whereas the story was nonetheless creating, Simu Liu posted the next on Twitter: “A gunman has murdered ten folks and injured over a dozen others in Monterey Park, the place tens of 1000’s of Asian American households had gathered to rejoice the Lunar New Yr that day. … This ought to be getting far more protection in media.”
“For individuals who are unfamiliar, Monterey Park is a metropolis in LA County that’s majority AAPI. It is residence of Asian American households, dad and mom, grandparents, siblings, little children, aunts and uncles.”
“I’m shocked, saddened, angered, and heartbroken for the households who’ve been affected tonight.”
Within the time since he posted these tweets, information shops have been in a position to present extra particulars, together with the truth that the shooter was an Asian man. Simu shared a robust Instagram put up at the moment in response to that information.
“That is what it feels wish to be Asian American at the moment: SWAT groups and pink lanterns,” he wrote. “It’s what all of us noticed as we waited for particulars to unfurl surrounding the horrific taking pictures in Monterey Park that left 10 folks lifeless and plenty of injured. A taking pictures within the wake of the Lunar New Yr? Within the pits of our stomachs, we felt concern of the very actual chance that this might have been a hate crime dedicated towards our neighborhood. Was that so far-fetched?”
“Asian People proceed to be attacked on the streets, a lot in order that many native police departments have arrange devoted hate crime items. Seeing these pictures stirred up our worst fears and made us really feel unsettled and unsafe,” he continued.
“As extra particulars emerged in regards to the shooter, a 72-year-old Asian man, we really feel no sense of ‘aid.’ Individuals are lifeless, and a neighborhood continues to be in mourning. That is what it feels to be Asian in America at the moment, throughout what ought to have been a joyous time. We’re confused, unhappy, and heartbroken for the households of everybody affected by this mindless act. Please have compassion for us as we type by all of it,” he concluded.