The 1st Asian American and trans Miss Maryland USA: Bailey Anne Kennedy, 31, made history on June 1 by becoming the first transgender woman to win the title of Miss Maryland USA. Kennedy, who is of Cambodian descent, also broke barriers as the first Asian American and military wife to hold the title, achieving this with her first pageant. She will compete for Miss USA in Los Angeles on August 4, aiming to become the oldest and first trans Miss USA.

  • Kennedy hopes her win inspires LGBTQ+ youth to embrace their identities and fosters greater acceptance and understanding of the community. “I knew it was bigger than me. I knew that it was going to mean a lot for all the LGBTQ kids out there who might feel like they don’t belong in a box – like me growing up,” she told DC News Now.
  • Kennedy, whose husband is a U.S. Marine, advocates for military spouses and the United Service Organizations, which provides support to the U.S. Armed Forces members and their families. She also champions for “Beauty Without an Expiration Date,” having surpassed the previous age limit of 28 for Miss Universe participants.

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Manny Pacquiao eyes potential comebackManny Pacquiao eyes potential comeback

45-year-old Pacquiao eyes comeback title match: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao revealed on Monday that negotiations are currently underway for a potential bout against Mario Barrios for the WBC welterweight world title. The eight-division world champion, who was recently deemed too old for the 2024 Paris Games, is also set to face Japanese MMA fighter Chihiro Suzuki in a three-round exhibition on July 28.

  • Pacquiao retired from professional boxing in 2021 to run for the Philippine presidency, but lost. He has since returned to the boxing ring for exhibition matches, including a victory against South Korea’s DK Yoo via unanimous decision in 2022.
  • During the promotion of his match against Suzuki, Pacquiao emphasized that the possible Barrios fight is for the title: “I just want to say to everybody. This is not an exhibition. This is a fight, a three-round fight. We will be looking for a knockout for this fight. So you better watch, and there’s going to be a lot of action in the ring. And, of course, I’ll do my best to win by knockout.”

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Man gets five years for attacking Connecticut’s first Muslim state repMan gets five years for attacking Connecticut’s first Muslim state rep

Man gets five years for attacking Connecticut’s first Muslim state rep: Andrey Desmond, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting Connecticut State Rep. Maryam Khan after an Eid al-Adha service at the XL Center in Hartford in June 2023.

  • He previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of third-degree sexual assault, attempted first-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor. After prison, he must serve nearly 16 years of special parole, register as a sex offender and receive mental health treatment.
  • While she welcomed the sentence, Khan acknowledged that the case underscores issues in the mental health system, saying she’s “glad to be in a position to have the ability to be able to do some stuff about that.”

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Asian American pleads guilty to shooting Jews in LA hate crimesAsian American pleads guilty to shooting Jews in LA hate crimes

Asian American pleads guilty to shooting Jews in LA hate crimes: Jaime Tran, 29, pleaded guilty last week to federal hate crimes and firearm offenses for shooting two Jewish men in Los Angeles’ Pico-Robertson neighborhood last year. Tran, previously of Riverside, admitted to two counts of hate crimes with intent to kill and two counts of firearm use in relation to a crime of violence.

  • Tran had a history of antisemitic beliefs and threats, including leaving dental school in 2018 after making hate-filled statements. His violent rhetoric escalated in late 2022, targeting a former classmate and sending antisemitic propaganda to others.
  • Despite being barred from purchasing firearms due to mental health holds, Tran acquired guns through a third party in January 2023. In February, Tran shot two Jewish men on consecutive days as they left synagogues. Both victims survived. Tran has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 17, 2023, and faces a 35 to 40-year prison term, with sentencing set for Aug. 5.

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Cal State LA receives grant to boost AANHPI student successCal State LA receives grant to boost AANHPI student success

Cal State LA receives grant to boost AANHPI student success: California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a $370,000 state grant to create an AANHPI student achievement program. The funding is part of an $8 million appropriation under Assembly Bill 190 aimed at increasing culturally responsive support for underserved students across Cal State campuses.

  • This initiative will aid AANHPI transfer students in graduating within a two-year timeframe and improve retention rates for first-year AANHPI students. It also seeks to address declining enrollment trends and strengthen outreach and recruitment efforts.
  • The grant will go toward creating cross-campus collaborations, faculty professional development and student learning communities. Additionally, it will enhance support for AANHPI-focused campus entities such as the Asian Pacific Islander Student Resource Center and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.

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“Tokyo Vice” ends after two seasons on Max:“Tokyo Vice” ends after two seasons on Max:

“Tokyo Vice” ends after two seasons on Max: Crime drama “Tokyo Vice” won’t be returning for a third season on HBO Max, executive producers J.T. Rogers and Alan Poul confirmed at a Los Angeles conference on Saturday. The hit show, which holds the distinction of being the first major U.S. TV show to film entirely in Japan, stars Ansel Elgort, Jake Adelstein, Ken Watanabe and Shô Kasamatsu, among others. While the show was intended to have a clear two-season arc at Max, the producers hinted at continuing the story elsewhere.

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Utah welcomes its first H MartUtah welcomes its first H Mart

Utah welcomes its first H Mart: On June 7, the popular Korean American grocery chain opened its first store in West Jordan, Utah, drawing a crowd eager for products from various Asian cultures. H Mart, founded in 1982, has grown to become the largest Asian supermarket chain in America, known for its diverse food selection and innovative food halls. The West Jordan location is expected to be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Rihanna makes traditional Chinese pancakes in ShanghaiRihanna makes traditional Chinese pancakes in Shanghai

Rihanna makes traditional Chinese pancakes in Shanghai: Music superstar Rihanna won the hearts of Chinese social media users after she was filmed making the traditional 2,000-year-old Chinese pancake, jianbing, while promoting her cosmetic brand Fenty in Shanghai last month. Rihanna’s livestream in China also became a trending topic on Weibo, with the hashtag #RihannasfirstlivestreaminChina attracting over 81 million views.

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Too much internet may hurt teens’ brainsToo much internet may hurt teens’ brains

Too much internet may hurt teens’ brains: A new study out of University College London found that teens clinically diagnosed with internet addiction show disrupted signaling between brain regions responsible for attention, working memory and executive function. “The findings from our study show that this can lead to potentially negative behavioural and developmental changes that could impact the lives of adolescents. For example, they may struggle to maintain relationships and social activities, lie about online activity and experience irregular eating and disrupted sleep,” said lead author Max Chang.

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Wasabi's health benefitsWasabi's health benefits

Wasabi’s health benefits: An October 2023 study by Tohoku University researchers found that consuming 100 milligrams of wasabi extract daily for three months significantly improved cognitive function, particularly episodic memory, among adults aged 60 to 80. Notably, test scores in language skills, concentration and the ability to perform simple tasks increased by an average of 18%.

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