President Biden meets Korean band BTS to discuss stopping hatred

On the afternoon of May 31, according to local time, US President Joe Biden had a meeting with a famous 7-member South Korean boy band - BTS to discuss the integration of Asians and fellow Koreans. time to find ways to tackle hate crimes and discrimination against Asians in this country.

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Although reporters were not allowed to attend the meeting, before that, BTS members had a short press conference with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Speaking at the opening of the press conference, BTS leader Kim Nam-joon with the stage name RM thanked President Biden and the White House for creating an important opportunity for BTS to talk about important causes and remind them. the band as artists, what can they do.

BTS’s visit comes just days after President Biden visited South Korea and met with the country’s newly elected President. BTS’s visit also marks the Month of Honoring Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders in the US. The band BTS has also repeatedly voiced their opposition to the hatred against people of Asian descent with the mood “unspeakable about the pain of being the object of hatred and violence for such reasons”.

Over the past two years, crime and hostility against people of Asian descent and Pacific Islanders has increased dramatically, especially during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In just the 18 months to the end of 2021, more than 10,000 incidents of hatred against people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent were recorded