Global K-pop sensation BTS will meet United States President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss rising anti-Asian hate incidents.
The seven-member South Korean band will head to the White House on May 31, the last day of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Month.
“BTS will join President Biden to discuss Asian inclusion and representation, and to address anti-Asian inclusion and representation, and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, which have become more prominent issues in recent years,” the White House announced on May 26.
BTS has previously spoken about anti-Asian hate during their tours and in statements on social media.
“We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English,” BTS said in a statement last year.
“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason… What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians,” BTS further said.
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