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Jamie Chung had a powerful message for viewers of the 27th annual SAG Awards on Sunday: Stop Asian Hate.
The 37-year-old actress rocked a red Oscar de la Renta gown to the show's unconventional virtual "red carpet," posting her look on social media. She accessorized the gown with a bold, red Edie Parker clutch that read, "STOP ASIAN HATE."
Chung, who stars in the HBO series Lovecraft Country as Korean nurse Ji-Ah, was nominated with her cast for two categories at the SAGs including outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series and outstanding stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series.
In a post on Instagram featuring her showstopping look, Chung — who is Korean herself — wrote: "In some Asian cultures, the color red symbolizes joy, luck, and happiness. In Korean culture, it symbolizes creation, passion, and power. I’m so proud of my history and heritage."
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic over the course of the last year, recent reporting from Stop AAPI Hate revealed that there have been "nearly 3,800 incidents" of violence against Asian-Americans. The study marks a number "significantly higher than last year's count of about 2,600 hate incidents nationwide over the span of five months," as per NBC News.
Chung spoke to People
last month about the discrimination against Asian Americans, calling it "infuriating" and "nothing new."
"I think only now people are becoming aware of how bad it's gotten and it's disappointing that more media outlets aren't sharing these stories," she told the publication. "Our community has become more of a target and people are dying. It's terribly frightening, but there are many Asian activists, allies, and organizations that are doing great work to help combat anti-Asian hate. We can all do our part to help educate and advocate for each other. We can't let up until we see real systemic change for all communities of color."