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A Statement Has Been Issued By Awkwafina Addressing Accusations

(CNN) -- The comedian and actress Awkwafina issued a lengthy Twitter statement Saturday addressing criticism in the press and on social media that she has used a "blaccent," or Black accent, and elements of African American language and mannerisms in her career.

The Queens-born Asian American star, born Nora Lum, explained her view of the racial dynamics at play.

"My immigrant background allowed me to carve an American identity off the movies and tv shows I watched, the children I went to public school with, and my undying love and respect for hip hop," she wrote. "I think as a group, Asian Americans are still trying to figure out what that journey means for them -- what is correct and where they don't belong.

"And though I'm still learning and doing that personal work, I know for sure that I want to spend the rest of my career doing nothing but uplifting our communities. We do this first by failing, learning, acknowledging, hearing and empathizing... And I will continue, tirelessly, to do just that."

The statement represents her most significant response to criticisms she has used a "blaccent" throughout her career: from her early hit NSFW parody rap song "My Vag" to her more recent acting roles in the big-budget films "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ocean's Eight."

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