Asuka has revealed that her only experience of racism in America occurred after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The issue of racism and in particular racism and hate crimes against Asian people has risen to the forefront of public consciousness in the US in recent months. This has been driven by an alarming rise in the number of hate crimes being reported. This in turn led to The US Senate passing a bill which it hopes will help combat the issue. The legislation would create a new justice department to tackle the problem.
Speaking in a new interview with ET Canada’s Shakiel Mahjouri, WWE Superstar Asuka has condemned the recent rise in attacks. The former RAW Women’s Champion, who is one of the high profile female Asian wrestlers in the world, questioned what makes people want to attack others.
“I hate it! I hate it! I don’t understand. It’s a waste of time to be hateful. Why people attack other people? We are people, right? I don’t understand. I hate it.”
Asuka went on to recall her own experience with racism. The Japanese star explained that she has only faced one incident herself, but notably it came after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yes, I have only one experience with racism. It was around the time when COVID-19 started spreading. In America, I was at the airport. A woman came towards me. When she noticed me, she covered her mouth with her hand and ran away from me. I was shocked. It never happened before COVD-19. Oh my gosh. I didn’t understand. I was shocked.”
Back in the ring, Asuka will attempt to reclaim the RAW Women’s Title at WrestleMania Backlash on May 15th.
You can read the interview in full here.