K-pop group BTS made an appearance at the White House press briefing on Tuesday, before meeting with President Biden about Asian American representation and the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
- OK. So today, on the final day of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I'm excited to welcome some special guests to the briefing room today pop phenom BTS.
- While many of you may know BTS as Grammy nominated international icons, they also play an important role as youth ambassadors promoting a message of respect and positivity. After this briefing, they will join President Biden in a discussion about Asian inclusion, representation, and diversity, as well as addressing an anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination. As many of you know, the President has led a historic whole of government approach to combat racism, xenophobia, intolerance facing AANHPI communities.
Beginning his first week in office when he issued a presidential memorandum, leveraging the power of the federal government to stand against this hate. The President also signed the COVID-19 hate Crimes Act into law, signed an executive order to re-establish the White House initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and funded critical research to prevent and address xenophobia against AA and NHPI communities.
KIM NAM-JOON: Thank you, Karine, for your kind words. And hi. We're BTS. And it is a great honor to be invited to the White House today to discuss the important issues of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian inclusion, and diversity.