Primetime Special Features Exclusives with the NYPD Chief of Detectives & the First Asian American to Officiate in the NFL

Streams on NBC News NOW on Wednesday, May 11 at 9 p.m. ET

May 11, 2022 – NBC News NOW and NBC Asian America will present The Racism Virus, a one-hour, primetime special hosted by NBC News’ Vicky Nguyen, focused on the hate and violence Asians in America have experienced since the pandemic began over two years ago. The special airs on Wednesday, May 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

In the second installment of The Racism Virus, Nguyen has an exclusive interview with the NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig to discuss New York’s handling of the surge in anti-AAPI hate crimes. Plus, following the history-making hire of the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL, Lo van Pham speaks out for the first time to Nguyen. Additional interviews include actor Daniel Dae Kim, NBA player Jeremy Lin, “Angry Asian Man” blogger Phil Yu, president and co-founder of GoldHouse Bing Chen and more as the special aims to cover how the AAPI community is coming together and moving forward amid the rise in hate and violence towards the community.

The special is the latest in the streaming network’s growing slate of original and special programming. Recent specials have included NBC News Special Report: Inside Ukraine with Lester HoltBlack History NOWCan You Hear Us NOW?, Meet the Press: Election Night Special, Generation LatinX, TransAmerica and more.

To watch, tune in to NBC News NOW tonight, May 11, at 9 p.m. ET. NBC News NOW is available on Peacock, Fubo, Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Tubi, Xumo, YouTube, YouTube TV and NBC News’ apps on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV. The special is also available on-demand on Peacock. 

For all the latest reporting on the AAPI community, visit NBCNews.com/Asian-America.


For more information, contact:

Claudia Meyer-Samargia
NBC News Digital

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