B.C. musicians band collectively to combat anti-Asian racism – BC | Globalnews.ca

B.C. musicians band together to fight anti-Asian racism - BC | Globalnews.ca

2021-10-22 08:29:18

You’ll be able to name them a supergroup of kinds.

Most of the musicians within the newly shaped Asian Persuasion All Stars have been on the Vancouver scene for many years now, every performing in their very own respective bands.

However they’ve come collectively, some assembly for the primary time not too way back, galvanized after seeing racist assaults within the Asian neighborhood.

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“(I’m) very disgusted. It’s horrible. It’s cowardly,” drummer Tony Lee advised World Information.

“These are our nieces, our moms, our aunts, our uncles,” added guitarist Tim Chan.

There’s energy in numbers and in only a few quick months the 12 band members have been doing every part they’ll to lend their voice to combat anti-Asian racism. They not too long ago launched a canopy of the reggae traditional Racist Pal.

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“It’s a easy message: you probably have a racist good friend then it’s time in your friendship to finish,” Chan stated.

They held a reside present at LanaLou’s Restaurant in Vancouver final month. All proceeds from each initiatives are going in direction of the Elimin8ate hate group that’s working to place an finish to ant-Asian racism.

“I’ve seen the movies they’ve performed, a number of the applications they provoke. They exit and talk by way of social media,” Chan stated.

The Asian Persuasion All Stars will proceed to assist the neighborhood by performing on the opening evening gala for the Vancouver Asian Movie Pageant on Nov. 4 on the Parq On line casino.

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“Here’s a group that’s banded collectively, that’s stated that, as a neighborhood, ‘That is one thing we received’t stand for and we’re going to shout it from the rooftops and we’re going to make use of our music and all our skills to combat in opposition to it,’” stated Vancouver Asian Movie Pageant founder Barbara Lee.

The band describes their expertise as far as uplifting. For now the rehearsals will proceed, and the music will go on for so long as it takes.

“We prefer to say we’ll hold going till racism is eradicated,” Chan stated.

“I’d love to simply hold the momentum flowing as a result of it’s been an excellent expertise.”

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