NYC subway station death of Michelle Go leaves Asian Americans reeling
[1/19-1/25] Weekly recap of Asian American news & newsmakers
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NYC subway station death of Michelle Go leaves Asian Americans reeling (NBC News)
What a Fire in the Bronx Says About Immigrant Life in New York (New Yorker)
Penn Law to sanction professor who said U.S. ‘better off’ with fewer Asians (NBC News)
Asian American groups call on Biden to end controversial China Initiative (NBC News)
How misidentifying an Asian man led to a false murder conviction and a movement (NBC News)
New U.S. guidance could mitigate racial profiling of Asian academics, officials say (NBC News)
Lawmaker who made anti-Asian slur is resigning, cites health (San Diego Union Tribune)
Elite Virginia public high school discriminates against Asians to increase Black, Hispanic enrollment: Lawsuit (Fox News)
A beloved Disney character is joining Disneyland's Lunar New Year celebrations. See who it is. (USA Today)
Barbie Partners With Guo Pei to Create Lunar New Year Doll (AsAm News)
Juliana Choy Sommer is a tireless advocate for women and minority small business owners (BizJournals)
🏆 Entertainment Exclusive
Awkwafina’s nomination for an NAACP Image Award sparks renewed backlash — Social media users called out the 33-year-old actor and comedian after she was nominated for a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award in the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance category for her work in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” according to Blavity.
The “Shang-Chi” and “Crazy Rich Asians” actor has been accused in the past of using African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in her onscreen roles and for misappropriating Black culture. Some users have also alleged that she continues to use a “blaccent” (Black accent) in her onscreen roles despite claiming in a past interview that she refuses to do accents, especially Asian ones.
Awkwafina attempted to address the accusation that she was putting on a “blaccent” to advance her career in Hollywood during an interview last September after “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” was released, Reuters reported.
“I’m open to the conversation. I think it really is something that is a little bit… multi-faceted and layered,” Awkwafina said.
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Rich Brian Releases New Rap-Heavy EP ‘Brightside’ (Musicfeeds)
15 highly anticipated concerts and music festivals you should know about (The Post)
Artists and musicians surviving pandemic with fellowships that focus on education (The Denver Channel)
Behold the Indie K-pop Star (Vulture)
Wisc. fan removed from Northwestern game for Anti-Asian gestures (NBC News)
Lunar New Year Xbox Series S features a big tiger buddy and we love them (GamesRadar)
Health / Science
The US’s hidden minority hit hard by Covid (Financial Times)
COVID-19 has hit physicians hard—some more than others (AMA)
Culture / Lifestyle
Vulnerable Asians struggle in American concrete jungle (Global Times)
Moving beyond a 'survivor mindset:' Podcast features women discussing growing up Indian American in Mason, Ohio (Cincinnati Inquirer)
ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS ANCHOR CRITICIZED FOR BEING ‘VERY ASIAN,’ TURNED MESSAGE INTO AAPI UNITY (South Seattle Emerald)
Harvard student's 'Korean American Disney princess' goes viral — and film producers want in (NextShark)
USPS Just Released Colorful 'Year of the Tiger' Stamps for Lunar New Year (Yahoo)
Harlem remembers Yao Pan Ma, killed while collecting cans (AsAm News)
Family / Education
New law requires N.J. schools to teach Asian American and Pacific Islander studies this fall (WHYY)
How the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Violence Spurred 2 States to Change History Lessons (Time)
Bill would require Md. schools to teach more diverse history lessons (WTOP News)
BU Students Launch New Magazine Celebrating the Various Nuances of the Asian American Experience (BU Today)
🏆 Foodie News from Nom Nom Nom
Lisa Ling's new HBO Max show looks at hidden gems of Asian cuisine in America (NBC News)
The American canned meat that’s undeniably Asian: four recipes with Spam (The Guardian)
Asian Food Week Returns to Cincinnati at the End of January (CityBeat)
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The Roaring ’20s | Clarke Museum exhibit focuses on fashion from a century ago (Washingtonian)
Brooklyn Nets and Global Fashion Designer Phillip Lim Collaborate on Exclusive Chinese New Year Merchandise (NBA)
Why East And South-East Asian Representation Is Important – And The 8 Models To Know Now (Vogue)
Cocokind & Tower 28's Lunar New Year Kit Gives Back to the AAPI Community (Allure)
Art / Literature
Overlooked No More: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Artist and Author Who Explored Identity (NY Times)
How web novel site Wuxiaworld, born of the Asian-American experience, connects Western readers with Eastern fantasy fiction (SCMP)
After ‘A Little Life,’ Hanya Yanagihara’s Big New Novel Rewrites History (NY Times)
The Backlash Against Sunisa Lee’s Interracial Relationship Is All Too Familiar to Asian Women (Jezebel)
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