Mass shooting in hometown devastating for actor Sherry Cola

Streaming HUBJanuary 23, 2023

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — For actor Sherry Cola, the mass shooting in her hometown of Monterey Park, Calif., devastated her ahead of the premiere of the new film “Shortcomings” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Cola said, “To be honest I definitely cried myself to sleep, because this is Monterey Park, California, where I grew up, 626, San Gabriel Valley.” “That’s where my Buddhist temple is, you know? Like all my friends I grew up with because they were born in Monterey Park. It’s the hometown I’m proud to call my hometown.

“Flaws” is the story of three friends who are Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) living in the Bay Area and finding themselves. Saturday night’s shooting left the cast — including Kola, Randall Park, Justin H. Min and Allie Maki — speaking about the film ahead of its Sunday premiere in Park City, Utah, to mourn the victims. It was difficult work.

A gunman killed 10 people Saturday night in Monterey Park, a city of about 60,000 people on the east end of Los Angeles, which is mostly made up of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans. The massacre derailed Lunar New Year celebrations and sent fear through Monterey Park and other surrounding communities with large Asian American populations.

With limited information available and the search for the gunman still ongoing, Kola was still processing her emotions Sunday morning.

“It’s just a reminder that, as we premiere this film today, celebrating unrepeatable, authentic AAPI voices in a different way, it’s just a reminder that we still have a lot to do in this country and this industry,” Cola said. I have to reclaim my recognition as a human being.” ,

“Today we have this beautiful film that we still want to talk about,” said Kola. “And I think talking about it is moving the culture and the community forward. I think the only thing we can do is be kind to each other and pat each other on the back, you know?

Park, who directed the film, said, “No matter what information comes out, it’s just so, so infuriating.”

A moment’s silence was held for the victims at a nearby Sundance lounge.


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