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Theater Performers Raise Their Voices To Stand Up Against Asian Hate

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A song of compassion hits a high note in the wake of rising violence against Asian Americans. Theater performers are raising their voices and encouraging everyone to help stop the hate; CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports.

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- A song of compassion hits a high note in the wake of rising violence against Asian-American.

- Theater performers are raising their voices and encouraging everyone to help stop the hate. CBS 2's Cindy Shu reports.

- Here's some more paper, guys.

- Oh, thanks, Alan.

- You're welcome.

- Alan Muraoka is best known as Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street. But in his real neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen, attacks against Asian-Americans are hitting very close to home.

ALAN MURAOKA: A couple of the things of the attacks has happened literally within two blocks of my house in a very, very diverse and progressive area.

- So he, along with composer, Adam Gwon, and more than 30 Broadway and off Broadway performers created this music video and a song, "I Am Here."

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- I am here.

- And I won't disappear.

- I got a chance to talk with 11-year-old, Kylie Kuioka.

KYLIE KUIOKA: The message of this video is very, very powerful and strong. And I would love to continue celebrating and be a positive voice for the AAPI community.

- The video addresses Asian-American history, and the struggles, and injustices often not taught in the classroom.

ADAM GWON: We're all part of the same family. And when members of that family come under attack, you step up and support them.

- The artists are also hoping people will donate to the nonprofit, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, and help spread the word of hope.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- I am here.

- I am here.

- Cindy Shu, CBS 2 News.

- Oh, that gives you chills. Doesn't it? You can watch the entire video on our website, cbsnewyork.com.