On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, TS, a tremendously popular K-pop band, will meet President Joe Biden in the White House. Except for Jungkook, all of the band members landed in the United States on May 29; Jungkook arrived a day earlier. They had never met the president before, and this is their first trip to the White House.
V, Jungkook, RM, Suga, Jimin, J-Hope, and Jin make up the band’s seven members. Tuesday’s White House press briefing featured members of the Korean pop supergroup BTS, who will meet with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss Asian inclusion and representation, along with anti-Asian hate crimes and disinformation.
When BTS Singers Have Been Met with Joe Biden?
Members of the band will visit the White House to discuss Asian-bashing and how it might be prevented with President Obama.
They’ll also be honoring AANHPI Heritage Month, which is also known as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander month.
According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: “While many of you may recognize BTS as Grammy-nominated international icons who promote a message of respect and positivity,” BTS also plays an essential role as youth ambassadors.
Each member of the boy band took the stage after Jean-introduction Pierre and spoke, most of them in Korean. After thanking Jean-Pierre for her “nice comments,” the band’s leader, RM, began by introducing the members and thanking her for her support.
Anti-Asian Bigotry and Other Issues.
When asked how it felt to be here to talk about issues like anti-Asian bigotry, one of the members of BTS responded with, “It’s an honor. We’re here to talk about Asian inclusion and diversity. Other attendees, speaking through a translator, said they “attended the White House to stand with” the AAPI community and “to celebrate.”
“As a community, we were appalled by the recent spike in hate crimes, particularly against Asian Americans. Let us take this chance to express ourselves once more, in order to put a stop to this and help the cause: “The translator referred to this. Thank you to our supporters around the world, who hail from a variety of countries and speak many different languages, for helping us get to where we are today.”
The Meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.
South Korean singers’ music “reaches so many people throughout the world overcoming languages and cultural barriers,” claimed members of the ensemble.
It’s our belief that “music is always an incredible and lovely unifier of all things.” According to a White House official, the group will also be filming “digital content” for White House social media outlets.
The meeting with Vice President Joe Biden will be closed to the media. The group’s visit comes only a few days after Vice President Biden returned from his first trip to Asia as President, which included a three-day stop in Seoul and meetings with freshly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Seoul and Meetings with The Country’s Newly Elected Leader, Yoon Suk Yeol.
With hits like “Butter” and “Dynamite,” the band has amassed an army of devoted followers all around the world.
According to an interview that BTS gave last year, they were subjected to anti-Asian prejudice in the United States and had to deal with it themselves.
“As Asians, we can certainly recollect times when we were treated unfairly. We’ve been called names, yelled at, and made fun of because of how we appear. Incredibly, we were even questioned as to why Asians speak English “According to a statement from the band, their tweets have been retweeted over 1 million times. Further, “the sorrow of being the target of such hatred and brutality can never be adequately expressed,” they said.
In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, anti-Asian criminality and intolerance toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have increased. Between March 19th, 2020, and December 31st, 2021, the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate received more than 10,000 reports of hate crimes against AAPIs.
Joe Biden, as the White House emphasized in its announcement of the meeting,
has previously spoken about his commitment to addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. In May 2021, he signed into law a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing anti-Asian hate crimes. Covid-19-related hate crimes and events at the federal,
state, or municipal level will be expedited by the creation of a new post at the Justice Department. They will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ position as youth ambassadors who transmit a message of optimism and happiness around the world,” the White House stated.