'Bachelor Happy Hour': Catherine Lowe on Supporting the Asian Community and What People Need to Know About Current Events
Catherine Lowe stopped by “Bachelor Happy Hour” and spoke with co-hosts Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin about supporting the Asian community in the wake of shootings in Atlanta on March 16 that left eight people dead — a majority of them women of Asian descent.
“I think we all kind of know where that comes from,” said the beloved “Bachelor” alum, whose maternal grandparents originated from the Philippine province of Pangasinan. “And it’s a really scary thing to think that… people [are] feeling scared and feeling disempowered and being like, ‘OK, well, now I kind of want to empower myself and take things into my own hands.’”
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 novel 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.
“So, the unfortunate thing is Asians, from such a long time ago, have been viewed as weak because they’re not very loud,” Catherine continued. “As a culture, they want to assimilate, they want to succeed, and that’s what they’ve been seen as in society. So, I feel like with these attacks, they’ve been seen as weak because they’re not hugely represented in a ton of positions.”
The mom of three — who shares Samuel, 4, Isaiah, 2, and Mia, 15 months, with husband Sean Lowe — added, “Just because your head is down doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be valued, that you shouldn’t be heard, that your life doesn’t mean anything. It’s been really, really hard to watch this go down and to watch this increase over the last year and not really been talked about until the last couple months.”
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