Los Angeles – The attached statement, written by the members of WGAW’s Asian American Writers Committee (AAWC), addresses the disturbing current trend toward the scapegoating and harassment of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and Hollywood’s critical role in shaping the public narrative.
WGAW’s Board of Directors released the following statement in support of the AAWC:
"The last year has seen an alarming escalation in hate crimes directed toward Asian Americans. The Writers Guild of America West denounces and condemns these violent and racist acts. We stand in solidarity with both our AAPI brothers and sisters in our union, including the members of our Asian American Writers Committee, and the greater Asian American Pacific Islander community."
The AAWC actively represents the professional and creative interests of Asian American Pacific Islander Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage.
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.