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'Teen Wolf' Star Details Racist Encounter: 'I'm Still Scared, I'm Still Shaking'

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Arden Cho attends the 21st Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 April 2021 11:23 AM

"Teen Wolf" star Arden Cho is opening up about a racist encounter and how it triggered childhood trauma. The actress revealed on Instagram that she was on the receiving end of anti-Asian harassment recently, which brought back memories of an attack she suffered when she was 10 years old.

Cho was walking her dog, Chewy, on Wednesday night when someone began to hurl anti-Asian "obscenities" at her, then threatened to kill her and her dog. 

"I haven't been this scared in years, he was a couple feet away & started coming towards me," she wrote. "I grabbed Chewy and ran as fast as I could. I'm not crying anymore but I'm still scared, I'm still shaking."

Cho explained that she used to run every night but stopped because of the recent spate of anti-Asian attacks. She also has been forced to carry a knife when she walks Chewy and although she said she knows "how to fight," she still does not feel safe. 

"I'm young & fit, I shouldn't be scared but I am," she continued. "All my trauma as a kid has come back as I'm watching our elders get beaten & killed."

Cho recalled an incident that took place when she was 10 years old. She described being kicked in the face until she was unconscious, then being hospitalized after the attack.

"I didn't realize how much that incident shaped my life," she wrote. "How much fear I've always lived with."

In her post, Cho begged the public to stop Asian hate crimes.

"My mom called me & I couldn’t help but start crying again. She’s so scared to walk outside, even in the day time. I’m sorry mom. She wants me to be strong. So I’ll try. Please help us," Cho added.

Last month, Cho spoke out against the Asian hate crimes, detailing how she had experienced "racism" and "discrimination" her "entire life."

"Born and raised in America but never made to feel like I belonged here. Teachers and adults made it clear to me at age 4 that I was different, that I didn’t belong. But culturally I was taught not to complain, not to make waves, to take the abuse and work harder. But silence is not the answer," she wrote in an Instagram post.

"I’m done letting those privileged get away with it. It’s not okay that I’ve felt unsafe at school, work, or lived with fear my entire life. It’s not okay that I’ve constantly apologized when I wasn’t the one who should have been apologizing," she stated.

⁣"So much of my life I lived with shame because I thought it was my fault I was different," she added. "I was brainwashed by the deeply rooted systematic racism I grew up in. But this shame belongs to those who are racist. Help us be visible. "

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"Teen Wolf" star Arden Cho is opening up about a racist encounter and how it triggered childhood trauma. The actress revealed on Instagram that she was on the receiving end of anti-Asian harassment recently, which brought back...
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