BTS will be at the White House next week for a special call with President Joe Biden related to Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Asian Native American Heritage Month.
The Korean group will appear at the White House next Tuesday, May 31, discussing issues such as representing Asia and the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in recent years. According to a press statement, Biden and BTS will also speak about diversity and inclusion and how BTS has used their global platform to spread those messages. Further details about the event will be announced shortly.
K-pop group @BTS_twt will join @POTUS next Tuesday “to discuss Asian inclusion and representation and to address hate crimes and discrimination against Asians, which have become increasingly important issues in recent years,” he announced @White House. #BTS #AANHPI pic.twitter.com/Ykm6qtch4U
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 26, 2022
The White House gathering comes just over a year after BTS denounced widespread anti-Asian racism following a spate of violence across the US. “We stand against racial discrimination,” the group said. “We condemn violence. You, me and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
BTS also noted the moments they faced discrimination — “We endured swearing for no reason and were mocked because of our looks” — but called those cases “inconsequential” compared to the rise in anti-Asian violence. Still, they added: “These experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and destroy our self-esteem. … What is happening right now cannot be divorced from our identity as Asians.”
In addition to preparing for her visit to the White House, BTS is also preparing for the release of her new “anthology album”. provescheduled for release on June 10th. The three CD collection will feature music from across the band’s discography, plus three new songs and a handful of unreleased demos.
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