Burbank, CA – As part of Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, the Martial Arts History Museum will host a special awareness event designed specifically to confront the escalation of Asian Hate in America. On May 19, the museum will be handing out 1,000 free finger stun devices to the Asian-American community.
For more than a year, attacks against Asians, both men, and women, have continued to rise at an alarming pace. Many have suffered from both verbal and especially violent physical occurrences. To combat this ongoing violence, the Martial Arts Museum will not only be providing free stun devices but a training course on the premises as well.
“Through the generosity of an anonymous donor of the stun devices, I feel that we, as a martial arts museum, must do what we can to put a stop to this,” says museum president Michael Matsuda. “The stun devices are not a cure-all, but it is at least a deterrent. It is a non-lethal way of protecting your life against an assault.”
Nancy Hiyata, a representative from the WWII Camp Wall, states, “This is a sad state that we are in. Asians have been attacked throughout time, and it’s been hidden under the blanket, and it’s not right. Handing out stun devices is wonderful, and it needs to be promoted.”
Through the promotional assistance of Eric the Trainer and broadcaster Jay Menez, the stun device give-away will be a red carpet event filled with a variety of film and television stars in their effort to stand against Asian Hate and support the community.
The event will take place from 12 noon to 3 pm at the Martial Arts History Museum located at 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. Free finger stun devices will be on a first-come, first-served basis to adult Asian and Pacific Islanders. A 5-minute stun device course at the museum is required in order to receive their device. For more info, contact the museum at (818) 355-1109.
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