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BTS to meet Biden at White House to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes

All News 22:18 May 26, 2022

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy group BTS will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House next week to discuss ways to deal with rising anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S., the White House said Thursday.

"On Tuesday, May 31st, global K-pop phenomenon and Grammy-nominated musical group from the Republic of Korea BTS will join President Biden to discuss Asian inclusion and representation, and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination which have become more prominent issues in recent years," it said in a press release.

"President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS' platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world. Additional details to follow," it added.

The rare invitation for South Korean pop artists to the White House comes amid a sharp increase in crimes targeting the Asian American and other minority communities in the U.S.

"President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI (Asian-American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) communities," the White House noted.

This image, captured from the Twitter account of BTS, shows its members posing for a photo at the second Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) event at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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