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LOS ANGELES — With the COVID-19 national emergency in the United States, acts of discrimination and violence against individuals of Asian descent have increased alarmingly.

To help fight the rising tide of hatred, Asian American artists, leaders and influencers have launched #WashTheHate, a social media campaign to raise awareness about anti-Asian bigotry amid the viral outbreak.

#WashTheHate also invites the public to share experiences while promoting proper handwashing, which experts regard as the first defense against the virus.

“Hatred and division aren’t going to prevent this virus from spreading and will only make an already-difficult situation even worse.

We’re calling for everyone — regardless of their race or country of origin — to recognize that we’re all in this fight together.”

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