Following the finale of WandaVision, Marvel Studio Universe released the much-awaited premiere episode of  The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on March 19, introducing viewers to an exciting new character Leah, played by Miki Ishikawa, who goes on a date with Bucky, aka the Winter Soldier. 

As a Japanese American, Ishikawa is vocal about the disconcerting growth of anti-Asian sentiments. She is frequently seen voicing her opinions on her Instagram and Twitter. 

Ishikawa Wants Support For Asian Communities 

On February 7, Ishikawa took to Twitter to express her views on the recent and growing Asian hate crimes. She urged the media to focus their attention on the violent attacks on Asians, and expressed that the Asian communities needed support from other communities - now more than ever. 

Miki Ishikawa Tweet on Asian Hate Crimes (Source: Miki Ishiwaka's Twitter)

The actress also formulated that support within minority communities is a two-way street. She believes that, as humans, everyone has a duty to speak up for one another. 

In an interview with POC Culture, the actress explained how Asians were often considered resilient and never use their voice out of fear. She recalled how people started complaining about the lack of support in the escalating Asian hate. However, from her perspective, Asian Americans would receive support only if they use their voice for another minority group. 

I really feel strongly that if we don't use our privilege and our voices for another minority group, especially the Black community, then how can we expect them to support us?

Ishikawa is thankful for 'The Terror: Infamy'

In addition to being vocal about Asian hate, Ishikawa uplifts her community through her works and social media. During the audition for a part in The Terror: Infamy, she thanked the producers for making a show that educated people on the horrors that Japanese Americans went through in the internment camps. 

The actress was appalled that many people did not know of such an incident, as a part of history was swept away. Since the show, the actress has become more vocal to raise awareness about this historical period. Ishikawa opened up to the outlet:

"It comes down to education, and there are many places in the U.S. that don’t even study it, and in other countries, it’s not mentioned. They don’t talk about it in Japan, so they don’t know that Japanese-Americans were interned. So it’s just this history that’s swept away, and that’s insane to me."

Day of Remembrance 2021

On February 20, the actress took to Instagram to commemorate the Day of Remembrance, an annual recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signed Executive Order 9066, which enabled the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast.

In the post, the actress wrote a long caption about how her role on The Terror: Infamy impacted her life and how the Japanese Americans are no longer staying silent, using the show to continue sharing stories of the incarcerated.