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    (CNN)With Elections Day less than 100 days away, and President Donald Trump underwater in national polling averages, he is once again relying on his mastery of sowing discord to divide the nation and to distract the American public from his irresponsible leadership throughout this pandemic. Baoky VuOne possible distraction? Closing the Chinese consulate in Houston, which resulted in the Chinese shuttering the US consulate in Chengdu. And for one sliver of Trump's base -- Vietnamese Americans, many of whom harbor anti-Chinese sentiment -- the escalation of tension with the Chinese was just what they might be looking for.Vietnamese Americans, particularly those over the age of 50, have been loyal Republicans for decades. In fact, according to the Asian American...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Hundreds of New Yorkers took the to the streets of Bensonhurst on Saturday to show their support for an 89-year-old Asian woman who was attacked by a stranger — and to condemn the police’s decision not to classify the incident as a hate crime.  “I said to myself, ‘This is too close to home, and enough is enough, and I have to do something about this,’” said China Mac, a Brooklyn-born rapper who helped organize the march. “We have to go into Brooklyn and take a stance and make people uncomfortable.” The 89-year-old victim was approached by two unknown men on...
    (CNN)James Hong is everywhere.He spoke Mandarin with Keanu Reeves in "The Day the Earth Stood Still." He backflipped his way out of a fight in "Wayne's World 2." He was the supportive, noodle-loving Mr. Ping in "Kung Fu Panda." On television, he was the maître d' in the episode of "Seinfeld" titled "The Chinese Restaurant."Without exaggeration, Hong might be the most prolific actor in Hollywood history. With more than 600 credits to his name, he may lay claim to the most credits of any actor, living or dead. Inspired by Chinese operas in MinneapolisHong's path to stardom started, as many do, as a child practicing in front of a mirror. But he kept his acting aspirations from his parents.Read More"Well,...
    People react to live results while attending a midterm election night party on November 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Asian American organizers are developing pathways to civic and political participation that are centered in empowering their communities. More than simply looking to expand the electorate, organizers and advocacy organizations are focusing on helping people take ownership of civic participation in their communities. A recent report from Pew Research found that Asian Americans are the fastest growing segment of voters by racial or ethnic group—but they’re more than just a cool data point. As the American electorate becomes more diverse (i.e. less white), affinity-based organizations are expanding access to systems that for a long time seemed unattainable to the average person....
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A senior couple in San Francisco, who came to America nearly 40 years ago, is heartbroken after their life savings was taken from them in a brazen daytime burglary that was caught on camera.Simon Zhong recalls the moment he learned two men forced their way inside his parent's Crocker Amazon home.Stunning surveillance video from outside and inside the home, shows how the men used a crowbar to pry open a back door and enter late Tuesday morning while Simon's parents were out.His parents, immigrants from China, spent more than 35 years working in construction and housekeeping."My parents actually grew up really poor in China," he said. "They actually borrowed money to come over to America and they...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A senior couple in San Francisco, who came to America nearly 40 years ago, is heartbroken after their life savings was taken from them in a brazen daytime burglary that was caught on camera.Simon Zhong recalls the moment he learned two men forced their way inside his parent's Crocker Amazon home.Stunning surveillance video from outside and inside the home, shows how the men used a crowbar to pry open a back door and enter late Tuesday morning while Simon's parents were out.His parents, immigrants from China, spent more than 35 years working in construction and housekeeping.RELATED: Alarming rate of COVID-19 deaths among Filipino Americans, new data shows"My parents actually grew up really poor in China," he...
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Fox News host Tucker Carlson targeted her for criticism earlier this month because she is Asian American. The Illinois senator appeared on CNN Newsroom Tuesday and was asked about Carlson calling her a “moron" on his show following her remarks that the United States should have a discussion on whether to remove statues of historical leaders. “I want to ask you, turning now to something else that has happened since we last spoke, about the attacks on you by Fox News host Tucker Carlson,” host Brianna Keilar asked Duckworth. “When you love the Constitution, and you love this country as much as I do, so much so that you’re willing to lay down...
    How to Sarah Cooper: The US comedian lip-synching Trump into a punchline NFL facing unending series of questions, uncertain answers Lucy Liu, Ken Jeong, Others Condemn Anti-Asian Racism in SAG-AFTRA PSA (Video) © TheWrap SAG-AFTRA anti-asian racism PSA Lucy Liu, Ken Jeong and Tzi Ma were among 16 Asian-American SAG-AFTRA members who appeared in a new PSA released on Tuesday denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes. The video, featuring both actors, journalists and social media influencers, was filmed to encourage Americans to "stand against the stigma, xenophobia and harassment related to COVID-19 that Asian Americans continue to experience," the union said. It was released during a live stream panel discussion hosted by the union focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander...
    Tuesday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said Fox News host Tucker Carlson called her a “moron” and a “coward,” because she is “Asian-American.” Host Brianna Keilar said, “I want to ask you, turning now to something else that is happened since we last spoke, about the attacks on you by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. We spoke a lot about them on this show, and he made it a point to go after you when you said it was a discussion. There was a discussion to be had when it came to removing monuments of American leaders and asked specifically about George Washington and did not agree to the idea of removing a monument, but you said there...
    On March 10, Loretta Mendoza Dionisio became the first person in Los Angeles County known to have died of COVID-19. Dionisio was 68, had diabetes and had just returned from a trip to her native Philippines. That made her a precursor of the coming pandemic in more ways than one. For a variety of reasons, Filipino Americans have been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. People with roots in the Philippines account for about one-quarter of the Asian Americans in California, yet data compiled by The Times show that Filipino Americans account for at least 35% of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s Asian population. Of 48 Filipinos Americans known to have been infected with COVID-19 in Southern California, 19 have...
    After generations of benefiting from a conservative trope that painted Asian Americans as shining examples of how to assimilate and overcome racism, Tammy Kim said a wave of discrimination tied to the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped reality for many Asian Americans in Orange County. “We went from ‘model minority’ status to suddenly, at the drop of a hat, being ‘foreigners’ who are told to go back where we came from,” said Kim, managing director of the Korean American Center in Irvine. Now, say Kim and others, there’s a sense that acceptance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is as fragile as it is for Latinx, Black and other minority communities. That realization, they say, is fueling a surge of political activism....
    Olivia Munn looked casual and sexy in the most recent update that was shared on her wildly popular Instagram page. The actress treated her 2.6 million fans to two new snaps just days after she sizzled in a bikini. The first photo in the series captured the actress posed in the center of the frame. She did not use a geotag that revealed her location but instead tagged “AsianPride,” which went along with her t-shirt. Munn stood in front of lush green bushes and several tall trees that allowed sunlight to escape through the branches. Munn tucked both hands in her pockets and stared down at the ground. The opted for a casual yet fashionable outfit that showed off her...
    (CNN)The CEO of a San Francisco-based technology company who was seen in a viral video making racist remarks against an Asian-American family has resigned from his company.In the video, which was posted last week by Jordan Chan on Instagram, Lofthouse calls the group "Asian pieces of sh--," among other vulgarities, at the Lucia Restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley."This is the face of the man who relentlessly harassed my family and I completely UNPROVOKED, UNWARRANTED, and UNCONSCIONABLE," Chan wrote in her Instagram post. In an email to CNN, Michael Lofthouse said, "I can confirm that I have stepped down from Solid8, terminating all business relationships with immediate effect." The CEO added, "I will make it my duty to...
    Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigned from his tech startup after he was caught going on a racist tangent toward an Asian American family at a restaurant in Carmel, California, on the Fourth of July. Lofthouse, who apologized for his behavior last week, announced his resignation in a statement late Saturday, saying he has enrolled in an "anti-racist program" and was entering into a journey of sobriety after the incident. “I will make it my duty to ensure my personal actions do not continue to have a detrimental impact on those people closest to me,” Lofthouse said. “I have once again begun my journey back to sobriety and have enrolled in an anti-racist program with immediate effect." "My comments...
    The high-tech CEO whose racist tirade against Asian-American diners at a Carmel Valley restaurant last week went viral has left his position at San Francisco-based Solid8, he confirmed in a statement. British-born Michael Lofthouse, 37, said that he resigned as chief executive of the cloud transformation consultancy startup. “I will make it my duty to ensure my personal actions do not continue to have a detrimental impact on those people closest to me,” he said in a statement released to Fox Business and other news media. “I have once again begun my journey back to sobriety and have enrolled in an anti-racist program with immediate effect. My comments towards the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate. The reactions...
    A month ago in Torrance ⁠— amid the backdrop of nationwide protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism ⁠— a Long Beach woman’s racist tirades against a Filipino-American woman exercising in Wilson Park sparked outrage across the South Bay and beyond. Lena Hernandez, 56, a retired social worker, was arrested Friday, July 3, on a warrant charging her with battery in connection with a separate incident from an October confrontation at Del Amo Fashion Center mall. Hernandez was also caught on video verbally abusing an Asian family at Wilson Park on the same day last month. People were were the targets of those racist attacks and their supporters organized a rally at Torrance’s Wilson Park on Saturday morning,...
    The Child-Sitters Membership is greater than only a hit Netflix present or fashionable sequence of books. It’s additionally a beacon for legions of younger men and women who spent their childhood wanting as much as the can-do members of the BSC. No different character represents this greater than Claudia Kishi. Performed by Momona Tamada in Netflix’s model of The Child-Sitters Membership, the Claudia Kishi of the books gave Asian-American readers a much-needed heroine. To honor Claudia’s legacy, Netflix is launching a brand new doc known as The Claudia Kishi Membership at present. However what precisely is The Claudia Kishi Membership on Netflix? (And if it’s a membership, can we be part of? No? It’s a flip of phrase? Okay,...
    An Asian American father who faced a stream of racist abuse as is family dined in a California restaurant said the Silicon Valley tech CEO only apologised to 'save face'. Michael Lofthouse, 37, was filmed gesturing at Raymond Orosa and his family in a Carmel Valley restaurant and saying 'Trump is gonna f**k you', 'you f***ers need to leave' and 'you f***ing Asian piece of s**t' before a server kicked him out.  Lofthouse, the British-born CEO of Silicon Valley IT startup Solid8, doubled down on the racist abuse in social media messages after the incident, writing 'Leave our planet. Asian f**k. Come near me or my people and u r f***ing dead. Do not start. U f***ing piece of s**t.'...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- During these highly divisive times when Asian Americans are already feeling targeted because of coronavirus-related discrimination and when the Black Lives Matter movement has been reignited, as Black people continue to die at the hands of police officers at disproportionate rates. The anger and frustration between the Black and Asian communities can't be ignored.TAKE ACTION: Find resources to help with equality, justice and race issuesIn order to understand how both communities can be better allies to one another you first have to understand the long and complicated history between the two."While there is sometimes anti-Asian sentiment and otherness we feel in interpersonal relationships or encounters on the street for example. That is very different from the...
    Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese American girl named Claudia. Claudia Kishi happened to be everything the “model minority” stereotype wasn’t. She got bad grades. She thrived in art and fashion. She wasn’t struggling to belong. For those reasons and more, Asian American girls in the ’80s and ’90s idolized Claudia and felt seen in teen fiction. Some of those now grown fans concede the books fall short dealing with race, but a new Netflix adaptation is bringing Claudia (and her pals) into the modern age. In addition to the series that’s available now, the streaming service on Friday is releasing “The...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Sonny Vinuya hasn’t decided if he’ll vote again for Donald Trump in the battleground state of Nevada. The Filipino American businessman in Las Vegas is personally offended by the president’s use of a racist slur at recent re-election rallies, where he mocked China and the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins in Asia. But most important to Vinuya is the economy, which has also been sinking into a pandemic-triggered recession despite a robust stimulus package. Though it’s tough for the registered Republican to swallow the racism against his own community, Vinuya said he doesn’t think Trump is trying to alienate Asian American voters when the president uses derogatory terms at campaign events or continues to call COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”...
    AN Asian American man who was insulted by a Silicon Valley CEO at a family birthday party said he only apologized afterwards to "save face." A viral video showed the British man identified as Solid8 CEO and founder Michael Lofthouse hurling abuse at the Raymond Orosa's family in Carmel, California, on July 4. Michael Lofthouse later apologized for his actions He was later identified as a tech CEOCredit: Facebook/Michael Lofthouse He has since apologized for his vile rant – but Orosa, who has been a US citizen for two decades, thinks Lofthouse is "just saving face" after the video went viral. "I do forgive him," the Philippines-born Orosa told ABC News. "I've done wrong things, too. And I've been forgiven....
    By TERRY TANG, Associated Press Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese American girl named Claudia. Claudia Kishi happened to be everything the “model minority” stereotype wasn't. She got bad grades. She thrived in art and fashion. She wasn't struggling to belong. For those reasons and more, Asian American girls in the ‘80s and ’90s idolized Claudia and felt seen in teen fiction. Some of those now grown fans concede the books fall short dealing with race, but a new Netflix adaptation is bringing Claudia (and her pals) into the modern age. In addition the series that's available now, the streaming service on...
    San Francisco tech CEO Michael Lofthouse issued an apology to an Asian American family after going on a racially charged tirade against them at a restaurant in Carmel Valley. Lofthouse, who founded cloud-computing firm Solid8, said his behavior toward the Chan family over the weekend was "appalling" after a video showing him yelling at the family and subsequently being kicked out of the restaurant went viral. "This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments," he said in a statement."I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all races, and I will...
    The entire purpose of academic research is to discover the truth about vexing scientific and societal questions through the use of research and data. However, if the truth refutes a sacred political agenda, you can no longer publish such research or even cite it. The latest victim of this reverse Jim Crow witch hunt against truth in data and academic research is Stephen Hsu, vice president for research at Michigan State University. On June 2, I cited a study from researchers at the Michigan State and the University of Maryland that concludes, "We did not find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and, if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for...
    A tech CEO who was caught on video yelling at an Asian American family at a California restaurant apologized on Tuesday, saying he “lost control.” Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of Solid8, a cloud computing firm based in San Francisco, told ABC affiliate KGO-TV in a statement that his actions were “appalling.” The video of the Friday incident went viral on Tuesday and showed Lofthouse giving the family the middle finger and saying, “[President] Trump’s going to f--- you.”  “This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments,” Lofthouse said in a statement to KGO-TV. “I was taught to respect people of all races, and I will take the time to reflect on...
    New York City to seek assessment on internet providers to fund low-income service Devin Nunes winery, yacht clubs, a resort in West Virginia owned by its governor – heres who got PPP loans My Immigrant Family Took on White-Sounding Names—And Here’s Why That’s a Problem As a nine-year-old, I was plucked from a sheltered life in my close-knit community of Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea, and plopped in Atlanta, Georgia. No one in my family had ever ventured outside of Asia prior to this leap of faith across the globe. None of us spoke English or understood American culture. Emigrating was nothing short of terrifying. © Brenden Mendoza/Courtesy Michelle Yang Both of my parents were college educated—my father had...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — More than 800 anti-Asian American hate incidents related to COVID-19 were reported across in California over the three months between March and June, according to advocacy groups that compile the data. The incidents include physical attacks, verbal assaults, workplace discrimination and online harassment. The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action launched a hate incident reporting website on March 19 when the coronavirus was becoming widespread across the U.S. and the media began reporting violent incidents targeting Asian-Americans. The online tool is available in multiple languages and allows users to report the information with the promise that personal information will be kept confidential. On Wednesday, the advocacy groups released an analysis...
    Wearing their masks, Donalene Ferrer and two other generations of family members were walking along an Oceanside neighborhood in April when a car pulled up and a woman yelled: “You started the corona!” The accuser, with a baby and a toddler in tow, turned out to be her mother’s neighbor, Ferrer said. Still in shock, the victim said she stepped near the woman to ask, “Why are you targeting us? I’m a nurse and my father fought for this country. You shouldn’t be teaching your children racism.” Ferrer, 41, a Filipina, remembered the unmasked woman taunting them back: “Come over here. Say it to my face.” But worried that the person might be carrying a hidden weapon, Ferrer said she...
    More than 2,100 anti-Asian American hate incidents related to COVID-19 were reported across the country over a three-month time span between March and June, according to advocacy groups that compile the data. The incidents include physical attacks, verbal assaults, workplace discrimination and online harassment.    Asian Americans see racism, discrimination amid coronavirus panic The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action launched a hate incident reporting website on March 19 when the coronavirus was becoming widespread across the U.S. and the media began reporting violent incidents targeting Asian-Americans. The online tool is available in multiple languages and allows users to report the information with the promise that personal information will be kept confidential. On Wednesday, the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Asian American groups across California say statements made by President Donald Trump are fueling discrimination and assaults on Asian Americans.They pointed to a recent rally where the president repeatedly used the term "kung flu" to refer to the novel coronavirus.On Wednesday morning, Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate in California held a virtual news conference, sharing new data that shows more than 800 incidents of harassment against Asian Americans in the last 12 weeks."We need to send a message that racism against anyone, any group is simply not acceptable," said California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance).When the pandemic hit, Asian Americans began reporting attacks from people who blamed them for the public health crisis.Coronavirus: Local boy...
    An Asian American resident walking their dog in Santa Clara was approached by a stranger who kicked the dog, spat on the owner and told the victim to, “Take your disease that’s ruining our country and go home.” In San Jose, an Asian American family was yelled at by a neighbor who started a physical altercation after using racial epithets. And in San Francisco, a man elbowed an Asian American customer in the back at a hardware store, telling the victim to, “go back to China,” and accusing them of “bringing that Chinese virus over here.” Those are some of the 832 incidents of hate, harassment and discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander Californians reported in the past 13 weeks...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Asian American leaders are sharing new data on discrimination in California since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Over the past four months, there have been over 800 racist incidents against Asian Americans in 34 of the state's 58 counties, according to data from Stop AAPI Hate.The group is calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislators to strengthen anti-discrimination laws. They want the state superintendent to declare schools as safe havens from bias-based bullying. The task force is also demanding on the California Department of Public Health address systemic racism with more urgency.WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' about COVID-19 impact on Asian American community"Discrimination against anyone, against any group is simply not acceptable," said...
    Asian American leaders are sharing new data on discrimination in California since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Stop AAPI Hate, the leading aggregator of incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic, joined by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assemblymember and Chair of Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus David Chiu (D-San Francisco), will share new data on the hundreds of the incidents of discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans in California.WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' about COVID-19 impact on Asian American communityIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic hereRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list...
    Asian American leaders are sharing new data on discrimination in California since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Stop AAPI Hate, the leading aggregator of incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic, joined by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assemblymember and Chair of Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus David Chiu (D-San Francisco), will share new data on the hundreds of the incidents of discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans in California.WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' about COVID-19 impact on Asian American communityIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic hereRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list...
    As President Trump stoked outrage by calling COVID-19 the "kung flu," presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was quietly courting Asian American voters. And Biden's efforts could pad his electoral edge in crucial, culturally diverse battleground states, such as Nevada, Texas, and Georgia. "Asian Americans are being targeted with violence and subjected to xenophobic rhetoric from the mouth of the president himself," Biden told Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote's presidential forum last weekend. He added, "Our AAPI community is essential. Period. Period. Not just as essential workers, but essential to the very fabric of this nation." Asian Americans represent the fast-growing demographic of eligible voters compared to other major races and ethnicities, the Pew Research Center found...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A march between Chicago's Chinatown and Bridgeport neighborhoods Sunday symbolized a commitment to building a bridge between Asian American and Black communities, starting with their shared faith.In a strong display of solidarity and faith, hundreds marched between the two culturally rich neighborhoods in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Organizers from the Asian American community say while culturally and historically they've remained silent, this group could not keep their mouths shut any longer."We have to speak out when we see injustice, especially as Asian Americans have faced discrimination because of COVID," said David Wu, executive director of the Pui Tak Center.State Rep. Theresa Mah said, "If we feel strongly about that and we're against that, we also...
    WASHINGTON - Since mid-March, a U.S.-based coalition has tracked more than 2,100 anti-Asian hate incidents, a troubling figure that Asian American advocates say is being fueled in part by political rhetoric against China during the coronavirus pandemic. While racial slurs and other forms of verbal harassment constituted the vast majority of the incidents, nearly eight percent involved physical assaults, businesses barring Asian Americans from entering their establishments due to misplaced coronavirus fears, and attackers coughing and spitting on victims, according to STOP AAPI Hate, an anti-Asian hate tracker.   In one incident in March, a group of African American teenagers on a commuter rail in San Francisco used their backpacks to attack a mask-wearing Asian American, saying he had...
    On Wednesday, California Democrats voted to reverse the state’s ban on racial preferences, reinstating affirmative action and de-facto racial discrimination by ratifying Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA5). The measure, which “would reintroduce racial preferences for who gets a state job or contract, or who is admitted to a state university,” as The Wall Street Journal editorial board puts it, will be on Californians’ ballots come November. If it passes, the state’s 24-year old ban on affirmative action will be reversed. The amendment was ratified in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month after a troubling arrest captured on viral video. The officer at the center of the arrest, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree...
    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has reversed her position on the term “Kung Flu” — from “highly offensive” to an acceptable way for President Donald Trump to do the “incredibly important” job of not letting China off the hook — after the racist phrase drew cheers at back-to-back campaign rallies. Conway in March called the term “hurtful” and “wrong,” pointing out that she herself was “married to an Asian,” the famous Trump antagonist George Conway, who has Filipino descent. She was responding at the time to a tweet from CBS News’ Weijia Jiang, which alleged that an unnamed White House official used the term against her in person. Improbably, Conway attacked that same reporter at a Wednesday press gaggle for the same claim, telling Jiang to her face that she...
    Former Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu warned that President Donald Trump’s use of the racist term “kung flu” will lead to increased bullying and harassment of Asian Americans. Lu joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday to address reports that the government sent out over a million coronavirus pandemic stimulus checks to dead people. In time, the conversation moved to Trump’s repeated referral to the coronavirus as the “kung flu,” a slur which members of his own administration have condemned as offensive. “What was so chilling about the remarks he did in Phoenix was this was to a group of young people. He seemed to be deliberately trying to rile them up,” said Lu. “When you heard those...
    Roger Sollenberger June 25, 2020 4:32PM (UTC) Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has reversed her position on the term "Kung Flu" — from "highly offensive" to an acceptable way for President Donald Trump to do the "incredibly important" job of not letting China off the hook — after the racist phrase drew cheers at back-to-back campaign rallies. Conway in March called the term "hurtful" and "wrong," pointing out that she herself was "married to an Asian," the famous Trump antagonist George Conway, who has Filipino descent. : She was responding at the time to a tweet from CBS News' Weijia Jiang, which alleged that an unnamed White House official used the term against her in person.  Improbably, Conway attacked that same reporter at a...
    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway flip-flopped on her previous position that the use of the racist term “Kung Flu” is “highly offensive,” defending President Donald Trump’s use of it on Wednesday while bizarrely attacking an Asian-American reporter for not having the “courage” to out a White House official who said the phrase months ago. During a White House driveway gaggle with reporters on Wednesday morning, Conway was immediately confronted by NBC News reporter Monica Alba over the president’s recent habit of tossing out the phrase and Conway’s March denouncement of the term, which the Trump adviser called “wrong” while noting she is “married to an Asian.” Conway, meanwhile, turned the question back around on the press corps, seemingly placing the...
    In 1961, the American scholar Daniel J. Boorstin coined the term “pseudo-event” to describe an emerging tactic in the field of public relations: Saying or doing something with the sole purpose of generating media attention and publicity. Pseudo-events seem to comprise the majority of President Trump’s public utterances. He specializes in manufacturing outrage, and some would say we in the mainstream press have been slow to adapt ourselves to his nonstop outrage cycle. Yet Trump’s latest ethnic slur — calling the deadly coronavirus “kung flu,” at a political rally in Tulsa, Okla. — deserves our condemnation, not least because of the pathetic and disingenuous defense his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, offered Monday. Asked why Trump was using a racist nickname...
    The image of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds has been etched into the American consciousness.  But for many Asian-Americans like myself, there’s another lingering image from that fatal encounter—the face of the Asian officer who stood by and did nothing as Floyd was violently choked to death. That officer is 34-year-old Tou Thao. He is Hmong American, a Southeast Asian ethnic community largely present in the Midwest and California. Hmong people make up a large percentage of the immigrant population in the Twin Cities especially, dating back to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees due to the Vietnam War.
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- A Vietnamese American Laney College freshman is seeking an apology from her math teacher after she says he wrote her emails asking her to "anglicize" her name, saying it sounded too much like an "insult in English."RELATED: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' virtual town hall about COVID-19 impact on Asian American communityFreshman Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen was looking forward to starting college and using her legal name after years of asking to be called by the nickname "May/" But on her second day of classes, she received a request from her trigonometry professor, Matthew Hubbard, via email to change her name to be more anglicized -- a term she wasn't even familiar with."I never...
    A string of racist and sexual insults against a young Asian-American protester in a Facebook thread has cost a volunteer of nearly 45 years his position with the Leonia fire department. It began with a post by fellow firefighter of a photo taken during a protest in Leonia against the death of George Floyd. A young woman in the photo holds a sign that says “F(***) THE POLICE”. "To my Leonia people, who is this and how do you think this is peaceful?" a comment attached to the photo asked. A thread followed in the June 8 post that reached nearly 300 comments, many sharing the poster’s anger, before it was removed. Several of the comments were also racially...
    BOSTON (AP) - A prominent Chinese American group objected to a statement Massachusetts’ Asian American Commission recently issued expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s death. Wilson Lee, co-founder of the Boston chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, one of the country’s oldest Asian American civil rights organizations, said the state’s Asian American Commission commentary is “divisive and inflammatory” because it suggests Asians benefit from “white privilege” and are racist against black people. He also said it promotes violence by invoking the controversial civil rights-era Black Panther Party. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime...
    At a press statement on Friday, President Donald Trump bragged that the United States would soon have “the strongest economy in the world” — only to be challenged by PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor when the journalist cited actual economic figures. The press conference came at a time when the U.S. is being rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and high unemployment as well as large protests in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Despite all that, Trump’s tone was strident rather than empathetic as he bragged, “What’s happened to our country, and what you now see…. is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations, for the African-American community, for the Asian-American, for the Hispanic-American...