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San Francisco Filmmaker Creates Video About Asian American Hate

Geoffrey Greer

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Kerwin Berk, a San Francisco filmmaker, has produced a two-minute public service announcement that highlights the violence against Asian Americans.

The short video features a split screen with dozens of Asian Americans actors discussing their everyday likes and dislikes. Some don't like to exercise, some don't like Phil Collins. The video then intersperses segments that show verbal and physical violence against Asian Americans. Towards the end of the video, the Asian American actors are shown saying, "I am your neighbor." The film ends with a violent scene in which someone runs across a street to push over an Asian American.

Kerwin Berk believes that the recent violence is due to the coronavirus being called the "Chinese virus" by certain politicians. Berk's goal with the video is to show that Asian Americans are just Americans and should be treated equally.

California Governor and former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has spoken out against the Asian American violence in recent days saying, "What the hell is wrong with us?"

A GoFundMe campaign for an Asian American woman attacked in San Francisco has raised over $900,000. The grandmother who was attacked has said that she will give back using some of the money raised.

Members of the San Francisco fire department are volunteering to patrol the streets to protect Asian Americans. A new hotline has been set up to make it easier to report crimes against Asian Americans. San Francisco Mayor London Breed is also planning to do more to protect Asian Americans.


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