Catherine Giudici Responds to Current Events in Emotional Post: 'I Am a Proud Asian American Woman'
Catherine Giudici took to Instagram this week to speak out in support of the Asian American community following news of shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday evening that left eight people dead, a majority of them women of Asian descent.
In response to the tragedy, the beloved Bachelor Nation figure — whose maternal grandparents originated from the Philippine province of Pangasinan — penned an emotional note. While expressing her heartbreak, Catherine also opened up about the pride she has in being a Filipino American.
“I am a proud Asian American woman. These most recent and numerous senseless attacks on the community I identify with has shaken me to my core,” she wrote in part, accompanied by a slideshow of family photos. “I grew up heavily in the Filipino community in Seattle with a mother who was a historian and took every chance she had to teach us about our heritage.”
The shootings occurred at multiple spas in Atlanta and one in the city’s nearby suburbs. Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old man suspected in the attacks, was later taken into custody in southwest Georgia.
The shootings are the latest in a series of attacks against Asian Americans that have coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. Former President Donald Trump and senior members of his administration were often criticized during his time in office for calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus.” The World Health Organization has historically warned against using geographic locations when naming illnesses.
“Knowing what Asian immigrants have been through and continue to endure needs to be shared and because of the beauty and restraint of a respectful culture, please help as allies to use our voices to bring their needs and safety to the forefront,” Catherine concluded her post, adding the #stopasianhate hashtag.
Catherine’s famous friends shared empathetic messages in her comments section. “Aww love you babe!! Praying for everyone,” wrote “Real Housewives of Dallas” personality Kameron Westcott.
Meanwhile, “RHOD’s” Tiffany Moon — who made history this year as the first Asian woman to star on the “Housewives” franchise — added, “Thank you for your beautiful message and bringing awareness to this important topic.”
Additionally, former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky left kind words for Catherine, who lives in Dallas, Texas, with husband Sean Lowe and their three young children. “That letter is so beautiful,” Ali wrote. “Brought tears to my eyes. Thinking of you and the entire Asian community.”
See Catherine’s entire post below.
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