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Simu Liu Sends Message of Solidarity to Monterey Park Shooting Victims

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The Marvel actor spoke out against the recent hatred impacting Asian American communities in the wake of a mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration.

On January 21, a gunman killed 11 people at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California. The horrific event sent shock throughout Asian American communities, also prompting a response from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star, Simu Liu.

"This is what it feels like to be Asian American today: SWAT teams and red lanterns," the actor wrote in an Instagram post. "It's what we all saw as we waited for details to unfurl surrounding the horrific shooting in Monterey Park."

Liu added that the timing of the massacre felt especially jarring, as Lunar New Year is supposed to be a period of celebration in Chinese and other Asian cultures.

"A shooting in the wake of the Lunar New Year? In the pits of our stomachs, we felt fear of the very real possibility that this could have been a hate crime committed against our community," Liu continued. "Was that so far fetched? Asian Americans continue to be attacked on the streets, so much so that many local police departments have set up dedicated hate crime units."

Monterey Park Mayor Henry Lo has confirmed since the shooting that it did not appear to be racially motivated, rather a nonetheless tragic incident of domestic violence that also targeted bystanders.

"My understanding is that he may have come because his ex-wife was reveling, celebrating the Lunar New Year," he told NBC News. "And it sounded like there was a history of domestic violence, which is unfortunate."

The incident has still shaken Asian communities within the United States, as Liu added that "seeing these images stirred up our worst fears and made us feel unsettled and unsafe."

"We feel no sense of 'relief'. People are dead, and a community is still in mourning. This is what it feels to be Asian in America today, during what should have been a joyous time," Liu concluded. "We are confused, sad, and heartbroken for the families of everyone affected by this senseless act. Please have compassion for us as we sort through it all."

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