The 44-year-old former MTV News correspondent spoke out on social media on Thursday (March 18) amid cries to #StopAsianHate.
“Years ago, when I was a news correspondent at MTV, I overheard a colleague of mine, while watching me do the news that evening tell a room full of people that I looked like a ‘me sucky sucky love you long time’ whore. I was young, afraid as usual to cause a fuss or be seen as difficult or too ‘sensitive’ being the only female in the news room, so I didn’t say anything in the moment,” she wrote.
“I fought to have this person removed. I stopped coming into work. The executives tried to mediate to reconcile but I refused. It dragged on for months,” she revealed.
“I see now, decades later, there was a fire, an anger, a burning rage that kept me on the course. And I say this also, to make a very clear point, I had a lawyer, who believed that I could not walk back into a place that harbored this kind of hate,” she continued.
“One last attempt was made at ‘reconciliation’ as if that was even appropriate….A letter written by the man was handed to me as a final gesture, to being me to submission. I was reminded once again, by the white male executive, that someone’s livelihood was on the line, that I was somehow responsible for that…I walked out, never touched or opened that letter…I carry these memories with me, to remind myself that when I feel sick with grief and indecision and fear as I do now, that my dignity is something that can never be bargained with, isn’t something for me to put away so someone else can feel comfortable.”
“Be angry. Be f–king enraged. And then do something, to repair this damage. Read, donate, volunteer, share and hold one another as we find out way through this pain,” she concluded.
Read her full, powerful statement inside.