Viewers thank 'Grey's Anatomy' for shining a light on Asian hate crimes during AAPI month

A victim of an Asian hate crime was brought to Grey Sloan Memorial on this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy and, while in the operating room, the show's Asian characters shared a touching moment while discussing being Asian American.

"When I was a kid, I used to stare at my face in the mirror wondering if I could use my mom's makeup to make me look more American, which of course, I understood to mean more white," said Dr. Michelle Lin (Lynn Chen).

Dr. Nico Kim (Alex Landi) responded to Dr. Lin, saying, "You wanted to be like all the other kids."

"And my teachers and people I saw in movies and on TV. I wanted to feel normal. Like I belonged," added Dr. Lin.

"Do you even think we'll ever stop being seen as foreign," asked Dr. Kim, to which Dr. Lin stated, "Well, being wrongly blamed for COVID did not help. But also, the Watsonville riots, the Japanese American internment, Vincent Chin."

"A long history of being outsiders. How ironic," stated Dr. Kim. Nurse BokHee (Kathy C. An), who rarely speaks during the show, then powerfully stated: "We are Americans. Your face is American."

The episode airing during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was not lost on viewers, who took to Twitter to thank Grey's Anatomy for the representation.

@[email protected] Can we acknowledge that Grey’s did a episode that touches on Asian hate during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. #GreysAnatomy

— Black Queen💗 (@Melaninqueen202) May 20, 2022

as an asian american thank you for that scene #GreysAnatomy

— fran 🪐 (@jodiesversion) May 20, 2022

I'm loving that they showing more about Asian hate and making people aware of what is still going on #GreysAnatomy

— ❤jaylob❤ (@AleahbarnesJ) May 20, 2022

i need more asian american representation in this show. that’s all im asking for. but this storyline did hit hard.

— christina is currently: sobbing. (@kaimeliaftw) May 20, 2022

as an asian, this episode is so hard to watch. #GreysAnatomy

— hanna (@ameliaashps) May 20, 2022

im so glad they used all asian american doctors. i love the representation #greysanatomy

— christina is currently: sobbing. (@kaimeliaftw) May 20, 2022

With a rise in Asian hate crimes continuing across the nation, the episode was very emotional for viewers, particularly those within the AAPI community, but it was also incredibly meaningful.

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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