Olivia Munn opens up about the abuse of Asian women in a new YouTube Originals special.
“Recipe for Change,” airing Wednesday on the Jubilee YouTube channel, brings together celebrities, leaders, activists and allies to pay tribute to Asian and Pacific Island culture and discuss the challenges facing the community, including a increase in acts of violence. The special is produced by LeBron James’ SpringHill Company.
Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes to police in 16 major cities increased by more than 164% in the first three months of 2021, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
In addition to Munn, former figure skater Michelle Kwan, comedian Hasan Minhaj and filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang have teamed up with chefs Jet Tila, Alvin Cailan and Melissa King to host a dinner for the Margaret Cho comic book; Jay Shetty, author of “Think Like a Monk”; actors Auli’i Cravalho, BD Wong, Sophia Bush, Asia Jackson, Simu Liu Ross Butler and Brandon Flynn; journalist Lisa Ling; gymnast Katelyn Ohashi; civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen; President and CEO of Time’s Up Now Tina Tchen; and Jubilee Media founder Jason Y. Lee.
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In an exclusive clip from the special, Ohashi shares that a high school relationship has become abusive. “Even when my parents found out, (I) was never encouraged to say anything or talk,” she says, “and honestly, this is the first time I’ve said anything to aloud.”
Nguyen says she can understand: her parents questioned her decision to speak publicly about her rape in 2013. “My parents didn’t get it,” she recalls. “They were like, ‘What about your career? Why are you talking about this?'”
“We are asked all the time to just accept it,” Munn says, before giving advice on how men can be better allies. “It is first of all to understand that no one comes to our aid,” she said. “The way we are treated and the way we are victimized is in a very shameful way for the rest of the world. It is always sexual.
“And, it’s not just by men,” she continues. “It’s by other women who may not like the way we look because we’ve been called ‘exotic.’ It seems like something a white woman can’t achieve, but I don’t like to be. called exotic. I’ve been called exotic all my life. I just want to be. “
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In April, Munn joined stars such as Ken Jeong and Winston Duke to shed light on the history of anti-Asian violence in America in a public service announcement. Actors and celebrities pass a burning candle as they share a timeline of anti-Asian feelings and violence in the United States. “Anti-Asian violence is not new, it is part of our collective memory,” Munn said.
Part of this collective memory includes the Page Act of 1875, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and the Japanese concentration camps of 1942 during World War II, mentioned as examples of anti-Asian hatred throughout history.
Munn, whose Instagram bio reads “Proud Asian American,” has also expressed his intention to end Asian hatred and violence on social media. She kicked off the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May by sharing a photo of her mother on Instagram.
“I start the #aapiheritagemonth with this photo of my beautiful mom,” she captioned the image. “#VietRefugee #Vietnamese #Chinois #AsianAmerican”
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Contribution: N’dea Yancey-Bragg and Elise Brisco