British Columbia musicians unite to fight anti-Asian racism – BC


You can call them some kind of supergroup.

Many of the musicians of the newly formed Asian Persuasion All Stars have been on the Vancouver stage for decades now, each performing in their own respective groups.

But they did reunite, some met for the first time not so long ago, galvanized after seeing racist attacks in the Asian community.

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“(I am) very disgusted. It is terrible. It’s loose, ”drummer Tony Lee told Global News.

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

Power is numbers and in just a few short months the 12 members of the group have done everything to lend their voice to the fight against anti-Asian racism. They recently released a cover of the reggae classic Racist friend.

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“It’s a simple message: if you have a racist friend, it’s time for your friendship to end,” Chan said.

They put on a live show at LanaLou’s restaurant in Vancouver last month. All proceeds from both initiatives are donated to the hate organization Elimin8ate which works to end anti-Asian racism.

“I’ve seen the videos they’ve made, some of the programs they’re launching. They go out and communicate through social media, ”Chan said.

The Asian Persuasion All Stars will continue to support the community by performing at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival opening gala on November 4 at Parq Casino.

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“Here is a group that has come together, that says that as a community, ‘This is something that we will not endure and we are going to shout it from the rooftops and we are going to use our music and all of our ability to fight. against that, ”said Barbara Lee, founder of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

The group describes their experience as uplifting. For now, the rehearsals will continue and the music will last as long as it takes.

“We like to say that we will continue until the racism is eliminated,” Chan said.

“I would love to continue this momentum because it was a great experience. “

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