Alabama judge who used mock Asian accent in courtroom suspended and charged
A judge for the Mobile County Circuit Court in Alabama was suspended and charged with inappropriate demeanor and temperament based on multiple allegations, including a racially charged comment to a potential Asian American juror. The Judicial Inquiry Commission, the state agency that investigates complaints against judges, accused Judge James Patterson of violating judicial ethics with his inappropriate remarks and repeated profanity in court. The allegations refer to his remarks about Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.news.yahoo.com
TikToker and law school graduate is first Asian American to win Miss Texas title in 85 years
A TikToker and law school graduate has recently made history by becoming the first Asian American woman to win the Miss Texas title. Averie Bishop of Carrollton, Texas, won the Miss Texas beauty pageant at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Friday.news.yahoo.com
Asian American journalist says she was denied anchor promotion for being the ‘wrong minority’
An Asian American journalist who previously worked at Kansas-based Fox 4 (WDAF-TV) is reportedly suing the station’s parent company over her former news director’s alleged refusal to promote her for being the “wrong minority.” Megan Murphy, better known as Megan Dillard, started working for Fox 4 in 2014 under a three-year contract, according to the suit. In 2017, she signed a new three-year deal when the station promoted her to news anchor.news.yahoo.com
K-pop sensation BTS heading to White House to discuss anti-Asian hate
WASHINGTON — Korean pop supergroup BTS will meet with President Joe Biden on Tuesday to discuss the uptick in anti-Asian hate incidents in the United States. >> Read more trending news“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes,” a White House statement said. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”BTS has been invited to The White House on May 31st to discuss Anti-Asian hate crimes and celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month with President Biden. BTS has previously spoken out against anti-Asian, addressing it both on social media and during their post-pandemic tours, NBC News reported. “We stand against racial discrimination,” the band said in a statement, which was shared on the group’s Twitter last year.wftv.com
BTS to address anti-Asian hate crimes at White House next week
As Asian American Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to an end, Grammy-nominated group BTS will return to the U.S. and meet with President Joe Biden next week to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discuss Asian inclusion.
Texas county commissioner candidate apologizes for doctored image of Asian American opponent’s face
A candidate for the Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas has apologized to her Asian American opponent and the larger Asian American community after releasing an ad that contained a doctored image of her rival. Lesley Briones, who is running against Benjamin Chou in the Democratic nomination to represent Precinct 4, initially deflected blame on an unnamed graphic designer and doubled down on accusing the latter of spreading lies. The openly gay, Chinese American candidate said it “whitewashed” his skin and followed a long history of “doctoring images of people of color to make them look angry or menacing.”news.yahoo.com
I'm the first-ever Asian American plus size cover model for 'Sports Illustrated.' I've worked through years of shame, but grew tired of thinking I'm not good enough because I'm not a certain size or r
Yumi Nu shares how she grappled with self-doubt over her race and body size, and how the fashion industry can become more inclusive.news.yahoo.com
Harris to meet with abortion providers as court ruling looms
Biden Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, during a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will speak Thursday with abortion providers from states with some of the nation's strictest restrictions to thank them for their work, the White House said. “The Vice President will hear stories from abortion providers who are working in states with some of the most extreme abortion restrictions, and she will thank them for fighting to protect reproductive health care, despite personal risk,” the White House said in a statement. She will "emphasize that the Administration will continue to defend women’s constitutional rights and protect access to abortion,” it said. A Senate bill to expand abortion access failed due to bipartisan opposition last week.wftv.com
Harris tells Coast Guard grads rule of law is under attack
Biden Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, during a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris told the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets that they are starting their service at a crucial moment for the world, a period in history when the "rule of law is strained" and "fundamental principles are under threat." Harris, in the commencement speech Wednesday at the academy in New London, Connecticut, reflected on the state of the world in which long-standing rules and norms are more frequently coming under attack, noting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But with war raging in Ukraine, the risks from climate change and basic freedoms under threat in the United States, graduates are stepping off into an uncertain future, she said at Tennessee State. Last year, Harris delivered a commencement speech at the U.S.wftv.com
Harris to tell Coast Guard grads rule of law is under attack
Biden Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, during a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will tell the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets that they are starting their service at a crucial moment for the world, a period in history when the "rule of law is strained" and "fundamental principles are under threat." And far too often, this order has been taken for granted,” Harris says. But with war raging in Ukraine, the risks from climate change and basic freedoms under threat in the United States, graduates are stepping off into an uncertain future, she said at Tennessee State. Last year, Harris delivered a commencement speech at the U.S.wftv.com
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Meet UCF Professor Stella Sung
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Meet UCF Professor Stella Sung (Christian Bruey, WFTV.com/WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Eyewitness News is celebrating outstanding Central Floridians. WFTV’s Christian Bruey recently visited a UCF professor who continues to reinvent herself while helping the local community. READ: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Local restaurant spreads heritage through food“We developed a virtual reality experience as well as an interactive experience using the HoloLens 2,” Sung explained. In addition to being a professor, Sung also serves as the director for “CREATE” at UCF Downtown. READ: House passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American museum“We’ve been working here for many years,” Sung explained.wftv.com
Sheriff’s program aims to strengthen Orange County’s Asian community
Sheriff’s program aims to strengthen Orange County’s Asian community (WFTV)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Eyewitness News is getting real about issues facing the Asian American community. In Orange County, Sheriff John Mina told WFTV’s Christian Bruey that his department has not received any recent calls of anti-Asian hate crimes. His office recently organized the Asian American and Pacific Islander Liaison program. #StopAAPIHate #AAPIHeritageMonth pic.twitter.com/oa3GlNFvjO — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) May 6, 2021The new group has already participated in a few Asian-themed community events. READ: House passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American museumThe AAPI Liaison program comes on the heels of a successful LGBTQ liaison program that was started under Sheriff Jerry Demings in 2019.wftv.com
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Local restaurant spreads heritage though food
Video: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Local restaurant spreads heritage though foodORLANDO, Fla. — The month of May is here and that means it’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. READ: House passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American museumHawker's Asian Street Fare (WFTV.com News Staff)“We kind of have lightning in a bottle here,” Lo said. I call her Po Po. So on the menu is Po Po Lo’s curry,” Lo said. Hawker's Asian Street Fare (WFTV.com News Staff)It’s been all love since they opened the doors at their first location on Mills Avenue.wftv.com
Justices allow admissions policy at prestigious high school
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away a plea from parents to block a new admissions policy at a prestigious high school in northern Virginia that a lower court has found discriminates against Asian American students. The high court did not explain its order Monday allowing the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology to continue using its admissions policy while the Fairfax County School Board appeals the lower court ruling. Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas said they would have granted the request from the parents' group, Coalition for TJ, to suspend the admissions policy. It is often ranked as one of the best public high schools in the country. Under the new policy, used to admit the school’s current freshman class, Asian American representation decreased to 54%.wftv.com
Atlanta: Tribute to victims on anniversary of spa shootings
Robert Peterson, whose mother, Yong Ae Yue, was killed in one of the shootings, addressed those who showed up at the Atlanta tribute in frigid, late winter weather. Family members of other victims penned letters about the effect the shooting has had on their families and their lives. The shooting galvanized the city’s Asian American community when it came to light that six of the eight shooting victims were women of Asian descent. Long then drove to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three women at Gold Spa before crossing the street to Aromatherapy Spa and killing another woman, according to authorities. All of the Atlanta victims were of Asian descent.wftv.com
'I think all Asians should die': Man filmed hurling racist remarks on Times Square subway
An unidentified man in a Times Square subway was recorded hurling anti-Asian remarks at an Asian American woman. Kat Yen, a New York City-based theater director and an M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, was on the Times Square subway when a man wearing a gray sweater and a black backpack started hurling anti-Asian remarks at her.news.yahoo.com
Seattle reporter covering homelessness crisis alleges Antifa is targeting Asian American journalists
An Asian American journalist in Seattle has allegedly been the target of Antifa threats on Twitter due to his coverage of the city’s homelessness crisis. Jonathan Choe, who reports for KOMO News, has been leading a weekly segment called “Project Seattle,” which reveals the expanse of the city’s issue of homelessness and attempts to hold leaders and public officials accountable. PROJECT SEATTLE: @komonews has made the commitment to spotlight the homeless crisis in Seattle and the region, holding our leaders and public officials accountable.news.yahoo.com
Panda 'phenomenon' surprises Beijing Olympics mascot designer
Bing Dwen Dwen, the official mascot of the Games, has become the latest must-have item for keen fans with long queues at Olympic souvenir shops, and many willing to pay well over the official price to get their hands on one. Cao Xue, who led the design team, said he was surprised by the craze.news.yahoo.com
‘Go Back to China!’: Christian School Teacher Fired Over Nasty Anti-Asian Rant
@jackfroot on InstagramA California teacher was fired and her husband, a city official, was placed on leave after video footage of their racist, anti-Asian tirade against another couple went viral over the weekend.In a video that was posted by the Asian American couple on TikTok and later deleted, Sandra and Roger Miller allegedly hurled racist slurs and blamed the couple for the coronavirus pandemic at an outdoor shopping mall in Newport Beach, The Kansas City Star reported.In a statement to @jnews.yahoo.com
US-born China pop star Wang Leehom apologizes in scandal
China Pop Star Scandal Wang Leehom, an American songwriter and singer performs on stage during his solo concert in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province on May 20, 2018. The dayslong back-and-forth has riveted fans of Wang Leehom, who is popular across the Chinese-speaking world and has acted in movies including “Lust, Caution” in 2007. The scandal was the top trending topic on the Chinese social media site Weibo, with many blaming and criticizing him. He appeared to be trying to end the burgeoning public relations disaster with his apology to his parents, ex-wife and their children. The social media war began after Wang, in an online post last week, confirmed speculation that he and his wife had divorced.wftv.com
US-born China pop star Wang Leehom apologizes in scandal
An Asian American who is one of the biggest pop stars in China apologized to his family and fans on Monday and said he will take a break from performing after a public dispute on social media with his ex-wife, who accused him of infidelity and hiring prostitutes. The dayslong back-and-forth has riveted fans of Wang Leehom, who is popular across the Chinese-speaking world and has acted in movies including “Lust, Caution” in 2007. The scandal was the top trending topic on the Chinese social media site Weibo, with many blaming and criticizing him.news.yahoo.com
Mom-and-son duo arrested for 28 robberies targeting elderly Asian Americans in Garden Grove
A woman and her son accused of 28 robberies that targeted elderly Asians in Garden Grove, California, over the past six months were arrested on Tuesday, according to city police. What they did: Floarea Ghiocel, 47, and her son Marius Ghiocel, 32, are allegedly part of an organized group of Romanian travelers involved in the thefts. After approaching their victim and taking their jewelry, they would replace the jewelry with seemingly identical imitation pieces, FOX 11 reported.news.yahoo.com
Baltimore man who attacked two Asian Americans with cinder block pleads not criminally responsible
The Baltimore man who hit two Asian American women with a cinder block inside a liquor store has entered a not criminally responsible plea. His plea: Darryl Doles, the 50-year-old assailant who is facing several charges including attempted murder, made the plea through his defense attorney at the Baltimore City Circuit Court on Thursday, according to CBS Baltimore. Doles was accused of attacking three separate Asian-owned liquor stores on May 2.news.yahoo.com
Asian students attacked by group of teens on SEPTA train in Philadelphia, suspects to face charges
Philadelphia police are investigating an attack on a male student believed to be Asian or Asian American on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train. What happened: The incident occurred on the Broad Street Line near Erie Station at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to FOX29. Shocking video shows a group of female youths, one in a hijab, brutally beating two passive Asian people on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia on Wednesday near Erie Station.news.yahoo.com
'Sesame Street' debuts Asian American muppet
Ji-Young is making history as the first Asian American muppet in the “Sesame Street” canon. The Korean American has two passions: rocking out on her guitar and skateboarding. Her appearance comes after the rise in anti-Asian hate last year. (Nov. 15)news.yahoo.com
9,000 NYC workers on leave as vaccine mandate takes effect
About 9,000 New York City municipal workers were put on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that took effect Monday and thousands of city firefighters have called out sick in an apparent protest over the requirement.
Here's Why Your Cake Isn't Baked Through in the Amount of Time Your Recipe Indicates
Plus, learn how to use your judgement to tell when a cake is baked through. Once you master this skill, you'll be able to make a perfectly baked cake every single time, even if the oven isn't running perfectly or you don't have the right pan.news.yahoo.com
'Widespread' racial harassment found at Utah school district
SALT LAKE CITY — (AP) — A federal civil rights investigation released Thursday found widespread racial harassment of Black and Asian American students at a Utah school district, including hundreds of documented uses of the N-word and other racial epithets over the last five years. The probe also found physical assaults, derogatory racial comments and harsher discipline for students of color at Davis School District, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement. District officials admitted to federal investigators that their discipline data from at least four years revealed that staff treated students of color differently than white students, but the district did nothing to correct these disparities, according to the department. “The district is wholeheartedly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all students free from harassment and discrimination,” it said. Black and Asian American students are each roughly 1% of the approximately 73,000 students enrolled in the district north of Salt Lake City.wftv.com
Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers after weeks of union strike
Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky.news.yahoo.com
Carmine’s denies hostess used racial slur, releases new footage of moments leading up to fight
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant has released a new surveillance video showing the moments that led up to the assault of an Asian American hostess in its Upper West Side location last week. Why it matters: The video adds to the evidence surrounding the now-viral incident in New York City, which triggered a Black Lives Matter protest outside the restaurant on Monday. In their defense, Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, claimed that the hostess accused them of presenting fake COVID-19 vaccine cards.news.yahoo.com
Hate crime: Suspect arrested in attack on Asian American woman in New York City
This image taken from surveillance video provided by the New York City Police Department shows a person of interest in connection with an assault of an Asian American woman, Monday, March 29, 2021, in New York. (Courtesy of New York Police Department via AP)NEW YORK – A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was arrested on assault and hate crime charges in an attack on an Asian American woman in New York City, police said Wednesday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack “absolutely disgusting and outrageous” and said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that witnesses didn’t help the woman. Two lobby workers, described by their union as doormen, were seen on video witnessing the attack but failing to help Kari. This year in New York City, there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim as of Sunday, police said.
Video shows vicious attack of Asian American woman in NYC
On Friday, in the same neighborhood as Monday's attack, a 65-year-old Asian American woman was accosted by a man waving an unknown object and shouting anti-Asian insults. He is not suspected in Monday's attack. Andrew Cuomo called Monday's attack “horrifying and repugnant" and he ordered a state police hate crimes task force to offer its assistance to the NYPD. The neighborhood where Monday's attack occurred, Hell's Kitchen, is predominantly white, with an Asian population of less than 20%, according to city demographic data. Shea called Monday's attack “disgusting," telling TV station NY1: “I don’t know who attacks a 65-year-old woman and leaves her on the street like that."
Atlanta police on shooting probe: 'Nothing is off the table'
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)ATLANTA – Police said Thursday that “nothing is off the table” in the investigation of the deadly shootings at two Atlanta massage businesses, including whether the slayings were a hate crime. The pair postponed a political event in favor of meeting Friday with Asian American community leaders. “Our investigation is looking at everything, so nothing is off the table,” Deputy Atlanta Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference. Investigators believe Long had previously visited two of the Atlanta massage parlors where four of the women were killed, Hampton said. Long’s statements spurred outrage and widespread skepticism in the Asian American community, which has increasingly been targeted for violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
US population growth smallest in at least 120 years
(AP Photo/Donald King, file)The U.S. population grew by the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau — a trend that demographers say provides a glimpse of the coronavirus pandemic’s toll. Population growth in the U.S. already was stagnant over the past several years due to immigration restrictions and a dip in fertility, but coronavirus-related deaths exacerbated that lethargic-growth trend, said William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. “I think it’s a first glimpse of where we may be heading as far as low population growth," Frey said. Among the states, Idaho had the largest single-year population increase, growing 2.1% to 1.8 million residents. Sixteen states lost population, including California, the nation’s most populous state, which declined 0.18% to 39.3 million residents.
White House Rose Garden adds Japanese American's sculpture
Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi's piece, titled "Floor Frame," is displayed in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Washington. Noguchi is the first Asian American artist to be featured in the White House collection, according to the first lady and the White House Historical Association. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON – The White House Rose Garden has a new addition, but it isn't a floral variety. Noguchi is the first Asian American artist to be featured in the White House collection, according to the first lady and the White House Historical Association. Noguchi's work was installed on the east terrace of the Rose Garden to complement the power symbolized by the Oval Office at the west end of the expanse, the White House said.
Breakthrough for women: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM
MIAMI – Kim Ng started her Major League Baseball career as an intern, and three decades later she's still on the rise while shattering ceilings. Ng became the majors' highest-ranking woman in baseball operations when she was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins. “After decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins,” Ng said in a statement. “We look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” Jeter said in a statement. “All of us at Major League Baseball are thrilled for Kim and the opportunity she has earned with the Marlins,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
Feds sue Yale, allege discrimination against applicants
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department sued Yale University on Thursday, weeks after prosecutors found the university was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law. A statement from the university president said Yale will not change its admissions practices as a result of the suit. The action from the Justice Department is the latest by the Trump administration in a long-running effort aimed at rooting out discrimination in the college application process, following complaints from students about the application process at some Ivy League colleges. The Justice Department’s investigation — which stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth — also found that Yale uses race as a factor in multiple steps of the admissions process and that Yale “racially balances its classes," officials said. Schools also bear the burden of showing why their consideration of race is appropriate.
Kamala Harris' selection as VP resonates with Black women
Black women in particular helped rescue Biden's campaign earlier this year by delivering a resounding victory in the South Carolina primary, powering him to the Democratic nomination. That will hinge on Black voters in battleground states like Michigan to turn out in force in November. But for Black women, the freedom to vote didnt come until much later, part of a historical pattern of being denied justice offered to others. It took an additional 45 years of organizing to secure the rights to vote for Black women and other women of color, Ufot said. It affirms Black women and all we did for this country.
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is writing memoir, due in 2021
NEW YORK, NY – Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021. Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother fled an abusive marriage in Japan. In a statement issued through Viking, Hirono said the book was a tribute to her mother's spirit. "Now, because she can no longer bear witness for herself, I am choosing to bear witness on her behalf by telling the story of the daughter she inspired to live boldly and to fight for the promises of this country."