Even though there was not a red carpet at the SAG Awards, actress Jamie Chung was not afraid to make a statement. On Sunday, Chung wore a bright red Oscar de la Renta gown — a nod to her Korean heritage — and carried an Edie Parker clutch customised with the words ‘Stop Asian Hate.’ “In some Asian cultures, the colour red symbolizes joy, luck and happiness. In Korean culture it symbolises creation, passion and power. I’m so proud of my history and heritage,” Chung wrote on Instagram. “Stop Asian Hate” has become a rallying cry in recent weeks as the rise in violence against people of Asian descent in the US has worsened exponentially, (a very visible uptick in xenophobia we can partly attribute to Donald Trump’s racist terms to describe the spread of the coronavirus).
“It’s infuriating because discrimination is nothing new for Asian Americans,” Chung told PEOPLE last month. “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.”
Chung was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role in “Lovecraft Country,” an HBO horror series that shows the real experience for people of color in the United States during the 1950s. “So very grateful to be a part of LOVECRAFT! THANK YOU,” the 37-year-old wrote on Instagram.