Jeannie Mai Jenkins Shares Emotional Post Celebrating her Daughter’s First Lunar New Year Amidst ‘Horrific Violence’

A baby’s first holiday is a special milestone that should be filled with exceptional joy. But for children celebrating their first Lunar New Year, there was also a tremendous amount of grief. In an emotional Instagram post on Monday, Jeannie Mai Jenkins encompassed what many in the AAPI community are likely feeling.

“It’s surreal that I spent this weekend celebrating one of the most significant times of the year for my Vietnamese American heritage,” the television host said. “From dressing [my daughter] Monaco for her first Lunar New Year to attending my dear friend @therealphilliplim gathering, we honored our cultures in the midst of such horrific violence of not one, but two mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay.”

On Saturday, 11 people were killed and nine were injured in a shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration in a dance studio in Monterey Park, California. The 72-year-old gunman, Huu Can Tran, has since died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

On Monday, seven people were killed and one critically injured in shootings at two locations in Half Moon Bay, California. The 67-year-old suspect, Zhao Chunli, is in custody.

“I am gutted for the families whose lives are forever changed,” Jenkins continued. “This Year of the Rabbit symbolizes peace, prosperity, and longevity. This is everything we work and fight for in the face of such inhumanity.”

“I am grateful for you, Jeannie!,” commented composer Chloe Flower. “You have always given me (and our community) so much strength.”

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