BTS, a South Korean boy band and K-pop group, will visit the White House next week to “explore Asian inclusion and representation,” as well as “address anti-Asian hate crimes and prejudice,” according to President Joe Biden.
The White House stated in a statement that Biden and BTS “will also discuss the significance of diversity and inclusion, as well as BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who transmit a message of hope and happiness around the world.”
The BTS visit, which is set for May 31, will mark the end of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The group’s presence alongside Biden will be the White House’s latest event to celebrate the month-long celebration.
On April 29, Biden issued a presidential proclamation honoring AANHPI Heritage Month, and on May 17, he and Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a White House reception with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Harris and Tai are the first Asian Americans to hold leadership roles in their respective administrations.
The White House applauded the passage of legislation on May 19 that will create a commission to investigate the possibility of establishing a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture. On May 20, Harris spoke at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the AAPI Victory Power Fund Celebration.
The White House praised Biden’s “commitment to addressing the increase of anti-Asian hate crimes” that erupted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in a statement released on Tuesday.
Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law in May, creating a post inside the Justice Department dedicated to anti-Asian hate crimes and allocating resources to improve state and local reporting.
Biden has previously invited young artists to the White House to raise awareness for specific causes, including those related to the epidemic.
Last year, pop artists Olivia Rodrigo and the Jonas Brothers teamed up with the White House to promote Covid-19 vaccination, while a cappella group Pentatonix created a song encouraging booster doses.
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