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Lea Salonga admits she felt anxious during Trump presidency: ‘I asked my manager if I would be safe’

Lea Salonga shared how the election of Donald Trump in 2016 made her feel as a woman of color working in the US.

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11/10/2020 08:36 AM
Lea Salonga admits she felt anxious during Trump presidency: ‘I asked my manager if I would be safe’
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Lea Salonga admitted that she felt anxious when Donald Trump was elected as US president in 2016. 

In a Facebook post, Lea recalled how she felt when the results of the 2016 were announced.

“Four years ago... where was I four years ago… ‘Fun Home’ was having a tech run... and everyone was banned from turning on their phones for its duration until after curtain call. We all got the news at the same time, and that unfamiliar sense of dread and fear went through me,” she shared.


As someone who works in the United States and is a woman of color, Lea admitted that she didn’t feel good about it. 

“I’m a woman of color that spends plenty of time in the United States. My daughter is growing up to be a woman of color, an actual Asian-American. And the both of us could, in our own unique ways, feel that something wasn’t quite right with the force,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Lea has a daughter named Nicole with her husband Robert Chien.

The singer relayed that she once asked her manager if she would be "safe" upon her return to the United States in 2017 for work.

“Before heading to the US to embark on my 2017 US tour, I asked my manager if I would be safe. I’ve never had to ask that question, ever,” Lea posted.

The Broadway singer admitted that she felt this constant fear for the past years.

"It was the first time I actually felt apprehension walking in the streets of one of the biggest melting pots in the world, New York City. I felt I had to constantly look over my shoulder to make sure I was far enough away from people so as not to get attacked," she relayed. 

She also shared that her daughter was worried for her. 

"Every time I went on stage during my US and Canadian tours, Nicole would always... always ask the question, ‘Are you going to be OK? No one’s going to hurt you while you’re on stage?’ I had to reassure her that I would be safe. She was doubly worried when on tour in 2019 I went out on stage with crutches, hobbling until I reached my spot, sat down, got settled, and sang," she wrote.

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The singer continued, "I never felt that before, that sort of anxiety. The act of singing was helpful in getting rid of that, thankfully, and thankfully I wasn’t ever traveling alone.”

Lea remarked that democracy should never sow fear among its people.

“No one should ever have to feel this kind of fear in a democracy. Please repeat that sentence as often as necessary,” she said. 

With Joe Biden winning the presidency, Lea said that she has been feeling far "more welcome" at the moment.

 

 

"Today, it feels like I can go back to the USA (well, not while we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, but you know what I mean) and not have to feel like I’m being watched by nefarious forces wanting to do me harm. Today, I feel something familiar and far more welcome: HOPE," she stated.