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    Bowen Yang's "SNL" Speech On Anti-Asian Hate Should Be Required Watching

    "We ride at dawn, Grandmas!”

    Bowen Yang gave a powerful speech on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" about the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

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    “Things for Asians in this country have been bleak for the past two weeks — and all the weeks before that since forever,” he began.

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    "If someone’s personality is ‘punch an Asian grandma,’ it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma. You want to punch her? There ain’t no common ground, Mama."

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    Bowen then urged people to do more, saying, "Why are you telling me that you tipped your manicurist well? Let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone; do more."

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    He continued, “I’m just a comedian. I don’t have all the answers. But I’m not just looking for them online. I’m looking around me. The GoFundMe for Xiao Zhen Xie, the grandmother who fought back against her attacker, raised $900,000, which she immediately gave back to the community. That’s where we are as Asians. Now come meet us there.”

    A woman holding a poster that says "Stop Asian Hate Crimes"
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    Bowen then shared that he tells himself the Mandarin phrase 加油, which roughly translates as "fuel up."

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    "I don’t know what’s helpful to say to everyone, but that’s what I say to myself," he continued. "Fuel up. Do more. It’s the Year of the Metal Ox, which basically means a car. So everyone, get in, buckle up; it’s no pee breaks. We ride at dawn, Grandmas!”

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    You can watch Bowen's full segment here.

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