Communication is key to stopping racial hatred: American comedian
Web Editor:International Daily
LOS ANGELE, April 1 (International Daily News) - Improving communication can play a huge role in burying the hatred and mending the wounds inflicted on society by violent racial attacks, American stand-up comedian Jesse Appell said in an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN) aired on Wednesday.Appell, who is director of the U.S.-China Comedy Center, spent eight years living in China before a holiday trip back to Boston in early 2020 turned into an extended stay amid the coronavirus pandemic.As someone with deep connections, friends, and interests in both Asia and America, Appell said the increasing reports of violent racist attacks are particularly distressing."The attacks against Asians, it's been very difficult to watch in the news and especially being as I live my life between the countries and I have lots of Asian friends, I've lots of Asian American friends. It's been challenging to see it. It is good, though, I think that it's getting more coverage in the media because there were issues before this as well that were not being covered as much and so I'm glad that now a little bit of spotlight is being shined on the issue ," he said.Appell believes part of the reason for the rising animosity against Asians in some sections of American society has largely originated from deep gaps in understanding, and said he has been making efforts to bridge this through his comedy work and encouraging more "people-to-people "exchanges.Appell, who is fluent in Chinese, suggests that enhancing communication can not only increase the level of understanding on both sides of the Pacific, but also help unite a diverse society against hate crimes and racial violence. He encourages more people to listen to the protesters and to make efforts to learn more about the issue at hand.