The White House announced on May 26 that K-pop superstars BTS will join US President Joe Biden next week to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes and celebrate the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.
“On Tuesday, May 31st, global K-pop phenomenon and Grammy-nominated musical group from the Republic of Korea BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan or ‘Beyond the Scene’) will join President Biden to discuss Asian inclusion and representation and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination which have become more prominent issues in recent years,” according to a press release from the White House.
It added, “President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and signed into law the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA [Asian American] and NHPI [Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander] communities.”
“President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world,” it read.
Last September, BTS spoke about the youth and Covid-19 at the second Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Moment of the Decade of Action meeting held at the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City.
A video of BTS performing their song “Permission to Dance” in the UN General Assembly hall and surrounding areas was shown during the SDG Moment.