Michelle Yeoh marries fiancé Jean Todt after 19-year engagement
Jisoo and Ahn Bo Hyun dating news breaks norms for Korean celeb relationships
“Asian Americans recorded the fastest population growth rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, study finds.”
While this statistic may seem optimistic, there’s more to the story. The growth of the Asian American population in the U.S. has occurred in tandem with increased reports of discrimination and violence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
As our community grows, we are getting louder, we are telling our authentic stories…and we are making news headlines.
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📰 The Headlines
Michelle Yeoh marries fiancé Jean Todt after 19-year engagement, holds Oscar in wedding pics — The Academy Award-winning "Everything Everywhere All at Once" star and ex-Ferrari CEO tied the knot in a ceremony in Geneva, nearly two decades after Todt proposed to Yeoh.
Michelle Yeoh married Jean Todt this week, 19 years after the motorsports executive proposed to the Academy Award-winning actor — and she even held an Oscar statue in wedding photos.
Before Todt posted about their nuptials on social media, an Instagram post from veteran Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa gave fans a peek into their love life and the festivities.
Yeoh, 60, and Todt, 77, first met in Shanghai in June of 2004, according to a program from the Geneva wedding shared by Massa. “On 26th July 2004, J.T proposed to M.Y and she said YES!,” the program said.
“Today after 6992 days on 27th July 2023 in Geneva, surrounded by loving family and friends, we are so happy to celebrate this special moment together!” the program read.
Jisoo and Ahn Bo Hyun dating news breaks norms for Korean celeb relationships — Blackpink fans, known as Blinks, have since flooded social media with well wishes and support for the new couple.
Blackpink’s Jisso and South Korean actor Ahn Bo-hyun are dating, agencies representing the talents have confirmed.
On Thursday, Ahn’s agency FN Entertainment confirmed that the two are in the early stages of their relationship. Blackpink’s record label YG Entertainment echoed the news, adding its support for the couple.
The revelation, which took over various social media platforms upon its announcement, broke the norm of secrecy that typically shrouds celebrity relationships in South Korea. While it is extremely rare for agencies to announce the romantic relationships of their idols, the industry has recently been moving away from strict contractual terms that forbid artists from dating other celebrities.
Randall Park Talks His New Film Shortcomings — Park discusses his directorial debut, “Shortcomings,” which opens Friday, and the urgency of the ongoing Hollywood actors strike.
Early in the upcoming Randall Park-directed film “Shortcomings,” couple Ben and Miko, both Asian Americans, bicker after watching a fictional film that mirrors 2018 blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians.” An impassioned Miko argues the film is significant for the Asian community, while Ben claims it “glorifies the capitalistic fantasy of vindication through wealth and materialism.”
Park said the scene shows how valuable representation often means sitting in uncomfortable yet honest moments. In this case, the tension exposes a thorny debate, previously kept mostly within the confines of the community, about a blockbuster movie that’s been outwardly hailed as a cultural stepping stone for Asians in Hollywood.
The director told NBC News that it’s a feeling he experienced when reading Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel on which his film is based, and it’s an emotion he’s not afraid to lean into.
“It felt like there was an airing of dirty laundry in some ways. But it also felt just so real to me. It just felt like such an accurate reflection of the life of me and my friends at that time,” he said of the book. “I just wanted [the movie] to feel like a real reflection of real life and in the hopes that some audience members would feel that same kind of catharsis that I did when I first read that graphic novel.”
🇺🇸 Politics Corner
Elections — The 2020 election disinformation targeted voters of color and 2024 will be worse, groups say.
Vivek Ramaswamy — GOP hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy rapped on ‘Fox & Friends,’ drawing mixed reactions.
Indian American candidates — The two Indian Americans, Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, vying for a Republican presidential nomination are using very different tactics to court a largely white, Christian voter base.
Rice — Rice markets could face a global crisis due to India’s export ban and Thailand’s low rainfall. The reports have come when decade-high rice prices are already expected until 2024 as a result of the war in Ukraine and bad weather.
Screen time — Chinese regulators have proposed limiting smartphone screen time for children. The proposal laid out by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) aims to curb and prevent addiction among smartphone users aged under 18.
📽️ What We’re Watching
✍️, Lea @ Crushing the Myth