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Actor Sandra Oh Addresses Crowd at Pittsburgh 'Stop Asian Hate' Demonstration

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Actor Sandra Oh spoke at a ‘Stop Asian Hate’ demonstration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, March 20, encouraging Asian Americans to reach out when they need help.

Footage captured by Rebecca Johnson, a news editor with the Pitt News, a student outlet, shows Oh using a megaphone to address the crowd on Oakland Avenue.

“Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you,” Oh says in the video, thanking the organizers for the “opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other.”

“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful for everyone willing to listen.”

Oh said many in the Asian American community are scared, and encouraged people to reach out to their communities. “As Asian Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, ‘help me, and I’m here.’”

“I am proud to be Asian,” Oh says, as the crowd cheers. She leads the crowd in chanting, “I am proud to be Asian, I belong here.”

Oh was one of several speakers to address the crowd. Oh was in Pittsburgh to film a new Netflix series called The Chair. Credit: Rebecca Johnson/The Pitt News via Storyful

Video Transcript

SANDRA OH: Like this? Can everyone hear me?

- Yeah!

SANDRA OH: Hello, my name is Sandra Oh. Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you. And thank you, Jake and all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other.

For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful for everyone willing to listen. I'm going to be very, very, brief. One thing that I know, many of us in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to kind of go through and get through our fear is to reach out to our communities. Everyone here, I will offer, I will challenge everyone here-- if you see something, will you help me?

- Yes!

SANDRA OH: If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us?

- Yes!

SANDRA OH: And so we must understand as Asian Americans, we need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, help me, and I'm here. And just for one thing-- I am proud to be Asian! I want to hear you say, "I am proud to be Asian!"

- I am proud to be Asian!

SANDRA OH: I belong here.

- I belong here.

SANDRA OH: I am proud to be Asian.

- I am proud to be Asian.

SANDRA OH: I belong here.

- I belong here.

SANDRA OH: Many of us don't get that chance to be able to say that, so I just wanted to give us an opportunity to be able to shout that. Thank you so much.