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South Korean actor Song Il-kook revealed that his triplets experienced a few encounters with racism during their stay in France.
In an interview with Newsen, as translated by AsiaOne, Song recalled his three children — Daehan, Minguk and Manse — enjoying themselves at a playground when someone suddenly threw a bottle of urine at them. “We met nasty people – from those who cursed at us solely for being Asian to those who threw a bottle of urine towards the kids while they were playing on the playground,” Song said.
Enraged by the incident, the 47-year-old father said he had “never been so angry” and “used every curse word that (he) knew” to defend his children from harm.
Despite the horrible experience, the actor believes that it is still educational for the children to live in a country where no one can recognize them.
Song, his triplets and wife, who is a judge, lived in France for a year after performing in the play “God of Carnage” in 2017, Soompi reported.
According to Song, the children are quickly growing up and have just started their first year in elementary school. “They’re adjusting well,” he said. “They were born on the same day from the same belly, but it’s amazing how different their personalities are. I wonder what’s the best way to care for each of their different energy levels and personalities.” “They were also assigned to three different homerooms, so it’s triple the work (at school) too,” Song added.
Daehan, Minguk and Manse have made $4.6 million through endorsement deals alone, AsiaOne reported in 2015.
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Gemma Chan has responded to criticisms over her role as Bess of Hardwick in the 2018 film “Mary Queen of Scots.” Chan, whose breakout performance in the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians” opened her acting career to more movie roles, plays a prominent White Countess in Elizabethan English society in the period drama.
The casting drew negative comments among netizens who took issue with her taking on the role while being non-White.
In a recent interview with Allure magazine, Chan responded to the backlash while sharing her thoughts on Asian representation in Hollywood. “Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race?” asked the 36-year-old actress, who is of Chinese ancestry. “And sometimes they’re not even allowed to play their own race. In the past, the role would be given to a white actor who would tape up their eyes and do the role in yellowface.” “John Wayne played Genghis Khan. If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick. I feel like Hamilton opened minds a lot. We have a black man playing George Washington.” “They describe it as ‘America then, told by America now.’ And I think our art should reflect life now.” Emphasizing the importance of the representation of all ethnicities, body types and genders, she further noted, “If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that’s how it was, and that’s not how it was.” Josie Rourke, the director of “Mary Queen of Scots,” says she deliberately cast color-blind because having an all-White cast did not make sense to her. “It’s a very straightforward thing for me to do because that’s what I’ve always done in my work in theater and theater, actually, I think is much further ahead in terms of representation in storytelling than perhaps the screen is when it comes to period drama at the moment,” she was quoted as saying. “So when I first started talking to Working Title and Focus about making this movie, I sat down and I said to them — and they were very supportive, I must say — that I could not make a period drama with an all-white cast. That was not a thing that I was prepared to do. It wasn’t what my work was about.”
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A comedian who felt “threatened” at the sight of turban-wearing passengers on a recent flight has defended herself against accusations of racism.
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The horrific pair of consecutive shootings at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand has left 50 people dead and dozens more wounded.
The carnage, which occurred at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on March 15, has received international condemnation and ignited discussions on changes to the country’s gun laws.
As more recent reports of the victims emerge, a portrait of the Christchurch Muslim community spans more than a handful of countries throughout the Middle east and Asia.
Among the lives lost include Ansi Alibava, 25, who moved to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nazer from the Indian state of Kerala to pursue her master’s degree in agribusiness management, Indonesian Lilik Abdul Hamid, a 50-year-old aircraft engineer for Air New Zealand, and Malaysian-New Zealander Sayyad Ahmad Milne, 14, described as “well-mannered” and “genuine” who had a future full of potential.
All three were shooting victims at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.
Twitter user Khaled Beydoun, an author and law professor based in Detroit, posted several heartfelt tributes to other victims who had immigrated from countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. According to Stuff, more Pakistanis were killed in the terror attack than any other nationality.
Pakistani Syed Jahandad Ali, 34, last spoke to his wife Amna Ali on Friday morning. He was among those confirmed dead at the Al Noor mosque.
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To date, 50 people have been confirmed dead after the twin massacres. Injured victims — including a four-year-old girl — are still receiving treatment
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Google searches for the term “Asian for president” have been on the rise since Democrat Andrew Yang has been on the offensive for the 2020 elections.
Yang, 44, filed to run for the highest office in the land with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 6, 2017. With this bid, he left his post as chief executive officer of Venture for America, an entrepreneurial non-profit he had founded in 2011.
The New York native has anchored his campaign on three core policies: (1) universal basic income, (2) Medicare-for-all and (3) human-centered capitalism. Last week, he qualified in the first Democratic presidential debates after reaching the required 65,000 individual donors.
Yang’s proposed universal basic income, also known as “The Freedom Dividend,” will give every American at least 18 years of age $1,000 a month. His Medicare-for-all aims to utilize a single-payer system that will pay physicians a flat salary and render all hospital costs visible. Finally, his human-centered capitalism will introduce new economic measurements that prioritize human welfare over purely financial gain.
As the first Asian-American man to ever run for president, Yang clearly sparked people’s interest.
For one, the term “Asian for president” has seen an increase in Google searches over the last three years. Notably, a consistent rise was recorded in the last five months, just after Yang had announced his bid.
Similar search terms including “Asian American president” have also been on the rise compared to trends from the last three years.
A look at the last 12 months alone shows a clear increase in related searches:
While the previous search terms may not necessarily apply to Andrew Yang — as he’s not the only person of Asian descent running for office — a direct search for his name shows a clear spike from the beginning of 2019.
And just last week, his Google searches consistently placed him a bit higher than other Democratic hopefuls such as Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.
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Today in Christchurch, New Zealand, at least 49 of our Muslim brothers and sisters were killed while worshipping by a white supremacist in a terrorist attack and many more were injured.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement: “The attacks in New Zealand confirm that white nationalism is a threat that the world can no longer ignore. Hatred of immigrants and Islamophobia are global phenomena, yet every attack continues to be personal for all of the communities that we serve.
People of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian descent are no strangers to the violent scapegoating of minority communities, including physical attacks and killings post-9/11 and in an era of rising white nationalism. The Trump Administration shamefully perpetuates a narrative of fear through policies like the Muslim Ban and in the surveillance of mosques and Muslim communities. This fear-mongering has direct consequences for the lives of our people as we saw today in Christchurch.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks and their families. We stand in solidarity with Muslim communities everywhere and pledge to fight for a world guided by values of love, dignity, and inclusion.”
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A single mother in San Francisco filed a $500 billion class-action lawsuit against rich parents involved in the nationwide college admissions scandal that allegedly robbed more deserving Asian or Asian American applicants.
Jennifer Kay Toy, a former teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, accused 45 people of using bribery to get their children into the nation’s top schools — including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. “I’m not a wealthy person, but even if I were wealthy I would not have engaged in the heinous and despicable actions of defendants,” Toy wrote in the suit.
Her son Joshua, who was also named as a plaintiff, failed to get into the schools where bribing allegedly took place even with a 4.2 grade point average. “I’m outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough, but because wealthy individuals felt that it was OK to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.” The ongoing scandal is the largest one yet in U.S. college admissions history. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors claimed that a company in California made $25 million in charging parents for their children’s spots at universities such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown, according to Reuters.
William Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme, runs a company called Edge College & Career Network — better known as the Key — which brands itself as a referral-based college counseling service for “the world’s most respected families.” He pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As a teacher, Toy said that she always taught her students that study and hard work are the best routes to a good college, and that cheating is wrong.
She said that she and other plaintiffs “simply wanted a fair chance for themselves or their children to go to a good college and that opportunity for a fair chance was stolen by the actions of Defendants … who feel that because they are wealthy they are they are allowed to lie, cheat and steal from others.”
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Andrew Yang has just qualified for the first Democratic presidential debate.
In June, Yang will be sharing the stage with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, among others, to discuss their platforms and positions on critical issues.
The startup veteran from New York announced Monday night on Twitter that he reached the 65,000 individual donors required to qualify for the debates.
While unfamiliar to many about a year ago, Yang recently made headlines for his radical proposals which include offering each citizen a $1,000 monthly universal basic income (UBI), which he called a “freedom dividend.” Yang has also warned against the effects of automation on jobs in the United States, predicting that robots and AI will take over the majority of employment opportunities in the country. “I’m not running for President to be the first Asian-American man to do so,” Yang wrote in a piece for NextShark last year. “I’m running because I believe that I have something fundamental to contribute. I’m a father, my children will grow up here, and my country is spiraling into an abyss. I’m in a position where I may be able to help arrest our decline as a society. If I didn’t step up, I’d be failing my country and my own values.” According to Yang’s campaign manager, Zach Graumann, achieving the DNC threshold was due to his numerous recent media appearances, including the popular interview with podcast host Joe Rogan, which has since been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. “Everything is up and to the right since the Joe Rogan podcast. That was the key. That was the moment,” Graumann told the Daily Beast.
In a later tweet, Yang took a moment to celebrate reaching the debate while acknowledging that there is still a lot to be accomplished in the campaign. “We have much more to do – but let’s take a moment to celebrate and reflect on what we have just accomplished. It is unprecedented. And they haven’t seen anything yet,” he said.
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A jury in Virginia has recommended a 30-year prison sentence for Johnathan Cromwell, the security guard who shot and killed an elderly Asian man playing Pokemon Go in 2017.
Cromwell has been found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, PilotOnline reports.
The victim, 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen, had gone out to play Pokémon Go on the night of Jan. 26, 2017, according to his family. Chen was allegedly shot to death by the 23-year-old guard following a confrontation.
Cromwell was reportedly on patrol as a security guard when he confronted Chen for parking in the driveway of a clubhouse in the River Walk neighborhood of Chesapeake.
The guard then allegedly stopped his own vehicle in front of Chen’s van, prompting him to back up and turn his van around to the entrance of the driveway facing River Walk Parkway.
Cromwell then exited his car, said “stop,” then shot Chen with his weapon, court documents stated. Chen died at the scene after being shot four times in his upper chest and once in his upper left arm. The Virginia jury’s recommendation arrives ahead of the sentencing which has been set for June 24. “The commonwealth believes, very strongly, that justice was served today in Chesapeake,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy Parr was quoted as saying. “In the end, they’ve lost their uncle, they’ve lost someone they love — they lost their father,” said the family’s lawyer Scott Flax. “No verdict will ever bring back Mr. Chen, and that’s the hard part about any of this case.” Meanwhile, Cromwell’s family expressed that they will continue supporting him. “Our agenda going forward remains the same — to support Johnathan in any way we can,” his mother said.
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Vogue magazine has been accused of “uglifying” Chinese people after posting an Instagram photo of a model who challenges conventional beauty standards with her unique facial features.
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A bibimbap recipe featured in a segment on Food Network’s “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen” has been raising so many Asian eyebrows on social media.
While originally aired back in December 2018, the clip recently got social media attention when it was re-uploaded by an unimpressed netizen on Facebook in January.
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A Cambodian man deported to Phnom Penh five years ago has given hope to others after coming back to the U.S. last week.
Veasna Meth, 29, received a deportation order in 2013 after an immigration judge determined that his role in a residential burglary in 2008 was a deportable offense. Full story at Nextshark.com!
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An elderly Asian man was violently dragged across his living room during a home invasion that lasted in a matter of seconds.
The horrifying incident, which happened in Sacramento, California was captured on a security camera, CBS47 reports.
In the clip, two suspects were seen bursting through the door and started dragging the elderly man who was alone at the time. “One of the guys just grabbed him and tore him,” the victim’s son was quoted as saying. “They asked him, ‘Where’s all the money? Where is all the money?’ My father said, ‘I’m an old man, I got no money,’ and just kept screaming.” The homeowner, who asked for his identity to be concealed, said each member of their family was terrified of the incident. “My mom is scared. My wife is scared, and yeah, I do, I do, seriously everyone was scared,” the victim’s son said.
Police said the suspects were reportedly able to sneak into the house by ramming the garage door open. “It’s pretty shocking the way they made entry into this home,” observed Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Shaun Hampton. “Typically there are some telltale signs from the onset why the victims are targeted,” he added.
According to Hampton, the signs weren’t there in this case. However, the homeowner believes they were targeted because of an Asian stereotype. “They think the Chinese, they think the Asians have money at home. Not all of them. That’s a stereotype,” he said.
The suspects got away with very little after viciously attacking a helpless man. Thanks to the video, the suspects were eventually apprehended, although a third suspect reportedly remains at large. “Our investigators and our patrol officers did some very diligent and hard investigative work and were able to make two arrests in this case,” Hampton said.
The homeowner said he is speaking out about the incident to warn others. “I don’t want to see this kind of hurt happen to any family,” he noted.
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Stock Rittenhouse, a restaurant in Philadelphia owned by chef Tyler Akin, is getting dragged online after netizens discovered a dish on the menu called Pho Fried Chicken Sandwich.
According to the description, the sandwich consists of “crispy chicken thigh with fish sauce caramel glaze, pho spices, cilantro root mayonnaise, spicy hoisin, black pepper, coriander pickled onions, and Thai basil.” After seeing the ingredients for the “pho” sandwich, some Facebook users disagreed with the dish’s name.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup made up of broth, meat, herbs and spices. The pho sandwich lacks two fundamental ingredients: the broth and the rice noodles.
This is not the first time Akin has been involved in controversy related to the traditional noodle soup. In 2016, the chef tried and failed to educate Asian people on how to properly eat pho.
In another incident, he publicly shamed a rival pho restaurant when he found out that it was buying “pho powder” from a Vietnamese supermarket. The powder turned out to be a spice packet for the broth.
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A former restaurant owner named Ryan Kulp tweeted about an Atlanta joint he co-owned called We Suki Suki, which at one point apparently held a “late night experience” titled “Good Morning Vietnam.” The tweet quickly received some backlash from Asian and pro-Asian tweeters pointing out the insensitivity of making Vietnam War-centered jokes, including the term “we suki suki,” which seems like an obvious reference to a famous prostitution scene from the film “Full Metal Jacket.” In a response to the original tweet, Kulp added “yes, [restaurant] is called ‘We Suki Suki.’ long story ;)” When Twitter users called out the problematic reference, however, Kulp insisted it was a “rough translation of ‘we really love you.'” In addition, the “Good Morning Vietnam” event which Kulp celebrates in his tweet shows a Caucasian man dressed up in military garb and armed with a long knife, with the caption “Time to play.” Many Twitter users responded by calling out the seemingly offensive restaurant and its events, which were now seemingly being championed by a Caucasian co-owner.
Kulp noted that he co-owned the restaurant with a Vietnamese person, which he states shouldn’t matter.
The co-owner’s name is Quynh Trinh. In 2015, she did an interview for Atlanta Magazine about the restaurant, in which she told her story of entering the restaurant business and developing We Suki Suki into a successful banh mi restaurant.
Regardless, many were outraged by the name of the restaurant and the Vietnam War jokes, to the point that some ended up seemingly threatening violence against Kulp.
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A Florida man accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl inside a church has reportedly blamed anime and manga for his behavior.
Justin Hughes, 31, allegedly attacked the toddler in a utility closet at Victory Chapel Christian Church in Jacksonville on Jan. 30.
Hughes, an Uber driver, was arrested the following day. He was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation by an offender 18 or older against a victim less than 12 years old.
According to Action News Jax, an unredacted arrest report states that an assistant pastor “reviewed the surveillance video and saw Justin Hughes (suspect) coax the victim into a utility closet at 21:06 and [that] the victim and suspect exited the closet” some 15 minutes later.
Hughes, who appeared “distraught and in a rush to be in handcuffs,” later warned an officer against anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese graphic novel), suggesting that they were responsible for his actions. “Do you have children? If you do, keep them away from Anime and Manga (Japanese graphic novel). They’re perverted and sick, I am an idiot.” An excerpt from the unredacted arrest report. Image via Action News Jax
The news apparently rattled church members.
Crimes Against Asian Americans Rise At An Alarming Rate, Sacramento Police Warn “You instantly kind of freak out,” a mother told Action News Jax. “But then, you’re also like, there’s no way that that can be happening. There’s no way that that would happen, especially of all places in a church.” While the charge against Hughes is unrelated to an Uber trip, the company released a statement saying:
All drivers go through a background screening that includes both a criminal and motor vehicle check.
We received a notification of his arrest/charges through our continuous monitoring system and removed his access to the app.
Uber has invested in new technology and partnerships to receive notification whenever a driver is potentially involved in a new criminal offense.
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Amanda Nguyen, the sexual assault survivor who drafted the “Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights,” took to Twitter to reveal that she was recently threatened by two men during a Delta flight.
In a tweet, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee wrote that two men threatened her to give up her assigned seating.
According to Nguyen, she was forced to switch seats because she felt “unsafe.” “I will turn on the light the entire flight, make noise the entire flight. I will climb all over you,” one of the men allegedly told her.
After the incident, she wrote a letter to the flight attendants to report on her fear and concerns. She also expressed her displeasure towards the flight attendants who did not intervene.
In response to her note, the attendants asked her to go to the front of the plane and point out the men who harassed her. They also assisted her in filing a formal harassment complaint. “I’m really glad I wrote something. Thank you to my friend who encouraged me,” she further tweeted.
Delta later tweeted a response indicating that the incident was being reviewed.
Aside from authoring the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, Nguyen also founded Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit group that helps make rights for rape survivors consistent across American state and country lines.
According to a press statement issued by Rise, Nguyen was nominated by California representatives Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren to celebrate her “unprecedented efforts in bringing equal protection under the law and basic human rights to all survivors of sexual assault, regardless of geography.” Nguyen also received a Young Women’s Honors Award by Marie Claire magazine and was named on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the leading global thinkers in 2016 in recognition of her efforts.
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A payroll and HR manager at Uniqlo in the Melbourne, Australia branch is now suing the Japanese retail brand for alleged bullying and discrimination because of her “Caucasian heritage,” claiming that the company gives favorable treatment to its Asian employees.
Melanie Bell, in a statement on Friday, said that she was bullied on four occasions and that she was held back from a pay raise as well as promotions by Uniqlo executives, according to Daily Mail.
She is suing the retail store for at least $1 million Australian dollars ($716,000), seeking compensation for “ongoing loss of income, pain and suffering, reputational damage, stress, sleep deprivation and anxiety, and diminished employment prospects,” the report noted. “The applicant believes that she was discriminated against because of her Caucasian heritage and she was denied career advancement opportunities because of her gender,” the court document states according to News.com.au. “The respondent failed to promote the applicant and other non-Asian and female senior managers in the business while promoting other senior managers who were ex-pats and/or male and/or of Asian descent.” Bell was working for a mining company in 2015 before she was approached by Uniqlo. The company allegedly told her that she was “instrumental” and could expect “significant professional growth opportunities” during her interview.
She was then recognized as a “global talent” and a “future leader” through the internal program and received performance review scores indicating she was “exceeding expectations” or “meeting expectations.” Despite all this, Bell claimed she was still denied career advancement opportunities within Uniqlo, and that management denied her a promotion during a performance review with then-chief executive Shiochi Miyasaki and Uniqlo chief operating officer Kenji Tsuji, citing her negative attitude as the reason in March 2017 – the same month her mother passed away – through April 2017.