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Trump calls Elaine Chao ‘Coco Chow’ in latest attack on Mitch McConnell

  • Former President Donald Trump called Elaine Chao “Coco Chow” in his latest attack on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a rant on Friday.
  • Trump posted his rant on Truth Social, a social media platform created by Trump Media & Technology Group in 2021.
  • “Is McConnell approving all of these trillions of dollars worth of Democrat-sponsored bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the fake and highly destructive green new deal, and is willing to take the country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable," Trump wrote.
  • “He has a DEATH WISH," Trump continued. “Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!"
  • The recent attack came after President Joe Biden signed a bill before the midnight deadline that would keep the government funded through mid-December and prevent a partial shutdown.

Former President Donald Trump referred to Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as “Coco Chow” in a rant after the Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent a government shutdown.

The attack on McConnell and Chao came on Friday after President Joe Biden signed a bill before the midnight deadline that would keep the government funded through mid-December and prevent a partial shutdown.

Increasing number of Chinese researchers leaving the US out of fear, study says

  • A study conducted by the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) in collaboration with 11 Asian American organizations discovered that the number of Chinese-born researchers in the United States moving to other countries, including China, is increasing.
  • “There has been a significant increase of Chinese-origin scientists returning to China in recent years despite them wanting to contribute to science and research in the United States,” Xihong Lin, AASF board member and co-chair of the association’s Data and Research Committee, said.
  • Of the more than 1,300 Chinese-born faculty members surveyed between December 2021 and March 2022, around 61% of them said they "feel pressure to leave the U.S."
  • Meanwhile, around 47% of the respondents said they would like to relocate to Asia, while around 46% of them mentioned relocating to non-Asian countries.
  • The study also revealed the uneasiness Chinese researchers feel: 72% said they “do not feel safe as an academic researcher” in the U.S., 42% said they are "fearful of conducting research" in the U.S. and 65% are "worried about collaborations with China."
  • “It is clear from our research that the impact of the chilling effect from the ‘China Initiative’ is far from over,” Yu Xie, co-chair of AASF’s Data and Research Committee, said.

A new study suggests the number of Chinese researchers relocating to China from the United States is increasing despite the end of the controversial China Initiative earlier this year.

The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) published a report titled “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists” on Sept. 3.

Gong Cha, Heinz launch ketchup-flavored ‘boba’ in Singapore

  • Gong Cha Singapore has teamed up with Heinz to introduce ketchup-flavored “boba.”
  • The tomato drinks – which are served without pearls – are priced at 7.80 SGD (approximately $5) per bottle and come in two flavors: “Pomato Bomb” (tomato, pear and pomegranate) and “Berry Mary” (tomato and raspberry).
  • The Gong Cha x Heinz collaboration was released in Singapore on Sept. 29.

While it may sound like an early April Fools’ joke, Gong Cha Singapore has collaborated with Heinz to introduce ketchup-flavored “boba” – without pearls.

The new tomato drinks, a curveball that many Gong Cha and Heinz fans did not see coming, were released in Singapore on Sept. 29 as part of Gong Cha’s Tomato BBT (bubble tea) series.

Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day to write new ‘American Pie’ movie

  • Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day is set to write and develop a new “American Pie” movie under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
  • “American Pie” is a popular sex comedy film series that consists of four films.
  • The first film, which was written by Adam Herz and directed by Paul Weitz in 1999, features Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy.
  • Day’s new installment will reportedly be a “fresh take” on the franchise.

Definition Please” filmmaker Sujata Day has been tapped to write and develop a new installment of the sex comedy film series “American Pie.”

The film will be a “fresh take” on the franchise based on Day’s pitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its plot and details are still under wraps, but it will be developed under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group,

Seattle protesters clash with supporters of ‘homeless megaplex’ plan

  • Unhoused counter-protesters confronted over 100 Chinatown-International District residents protesting against the proposed “homeless megaplex” plan in the neighborhood on Tuesday.
  • “I’m not a criminal. Why shouldn’t I live here?” an unhoused man can be heard saying in a video shared on Twitter by Seattle reporter Jonathan Choe.
  • A woman was also filmed telling the Chinatown-ID residents, “Go back to your country.”
  • The King County Council approved a lease on May 3 to build a megaplex shelter that can house 500 people. Executing the plan would reportedly cost around $54 million.

Over 100 Chinatown-International District residents in Seattle were met by unhoused counter-protesters at a rally in protest of the proposed “homeless megaplex” plan in the neighborhood earlier this week.

The Chinatown-International District residents marched down the street in Seattle’s Hing Hay Park to the King County Council meeting before noon on Tuesday in protest of the proposed $54 million plan to build a shelter – which they refer to as a “homeless megaplex” – for unhoused people.

Chinese archaeologists excavate 1-million-year-old human skull

  • Chinese archaeologists in China’s Hubei province announced on Wednesday that they unearthed a well-preserved human skull around 1 million years old at a dig site in Yun County.
  • The latest discovery is the third human skull that archaeologists have excavated from the same site. The first two skulls, which scientists named the Yunxian Man, were discovered in 1989 and 1990 and are estimated to be between 800,000 and 1.1 million years old.
  • “The No 3 skull is similar to the first two in terms of burial environment, faunal remains and technical characteristics of stone products, so the three skulls should belong to the same age,” Lu Chengqiu, head of the excavation team and a researcher with the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, told Hubei Daily.

Chinese archaeologists announced that they have discovered an almost complete human skull around 1 million years old from a dig site in China’s Hubei province.

The skull, excavated by a team of archaeologists from the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, is the most complete human skull that has been unearthed from that period in mainland Eurasia, according to South China Morning Post, citing a Wednesday report from Hubei Daily.

‘Squid Game’ star Jung Ho-yeon becomes first Korean featured on Time100 Next list

  • “Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon, 28, was named one of the Phenoms of Time’s  “TIME100 Next” this year.
  • The magazine’s special issue was released on Wednesday.
  • “I think Hoyeon is still fighting every day – against her fame, the expectations, and the jealousy of her success, as well as her own desires,” Emmy-winning “Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in support of Jung’s inclusion in the list.
  • “I often joke around and call her a ‘warrior.’ There’s no doubt that she has the skill and courage to fight her numerous battles. And I hope her acting career can become a true resting area, not her battleground,” Hwang added.
  • “Squid Game,” which premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17, 2021, went on to become the streaming platform’s “most-watched series launch of all time.” The series also received 14 Emmy nominations in early September.

South Korean star Jung Ho-yeon made history this week by becoming the first Korean featured in the Time100 Next list.

On Wednesday, Time unveiled its list of 100 people from different fields who they believe could shape the future, with 28-year-old Jung among the individuals named under the Phenoms list.

Airbnb plans ‘hanok’ category as K-wave continues sweeping the globe

  • Airbnb wants to add “hanok,” a type of traditional Korean house built using environmentally friendly materials, to its new “Airbnb Categories,” Global Head of Housing Catherine Powell told Yonhap News Agency last week.
  • “We know that the Hanoks that we have on the platform are very popular. We can't confirm yet, but would love it to be a category like how we did with ryokan," Powell said.
  • The recent plan came after Airbnb rolled out a major update on its online platform in May with the introduction of “Airbnb Categories.”
  • Powell noted that searches conducted by international guests on the platform for Korea rose by around 150% from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of this year, while domestic travel and bookings saw an increase of over 180% from the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of this year.
  • “I'm excited because there is so much opportunity here in South Korea,” Powell said. “They talk about the K-wave, and you can see how engaged people are with the culture. So we will continue to do more with pop culture and with traditional culture."

Airbnb has proposed a plan to add traditional Korean houses called “hanok” as a new category as the Korean wave, or K-wave, continues to sweep the globe.

Global Head of Housing Catherine Powell spoke to Yonhap News Agency (YNA) last week, revealing the company’s plan to add hanok to its “Airbnb Categories.” The move is similar to the online platform’s addition of ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn.

Massachusetts woman kills former landlord with hammer, steals $40,000 through forged checks

  • Xiu Fang Ke, a 43-year-old woman from Newton, Massachusetts, was charged with the murder of her former landlord, Leonard Garber, 65.
  • Ke was also accused of stealing money from their joint account through forged checks amounting to over $40,000.
  • Investigators believe that the murder happened after Garber confronted Ke between Thursday and Saturday last week when he found out she was stealing from him.
  • Garber’s body was found inside his home, wrapped in a curtain and concealed under construction materials and other objects in the hallway, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said at a news conference.
  • Ke was arrested on Wednesday without incident and later confessed to the killing and theft.
  • Authorities later learned that Ke also forged checks amounting to $18,000 to pay off gambling debts earlier this year, according to 7NEWS.

A Massachusetts woman accused of murdering her former landlord with a hammer and stealing tens of thousands of dollars through forged checks from his savings was arraigned on Wednesday.

Xiu Fang Ke, 43, was accused of murdering Leonard Garber, 65, inside his Mount Vernon Terrace home in West Newton, Massachusetts. Investigators believe the murder occurred last week.

S. Korean gold medalist skater officially joins Chinese Olympic team after renouncing citizenship

  • Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun, also known by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, is now officially part of the Chinese national team.
  • He was one of the nine men and eight women who the Chinese national team announced on Monday.
  • Lim, 26, will compete under the Chinese flag in upcoming international events, such as the World Cup in Canada next month and the Four Continents Championships in Salt Lake City in November.
  • Lim was involved in a controversy after being banned by the Korea Skating Union in 2019 for pulling down the pants of a younger athlete at Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, South Korea.

Former South Korean short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun has officially found a new team to compete with at the next Olympics.

In an announcement on Monday, Lim, who also goes by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, will officially compete for China as part of the country’s national team in the next Olympics. The news came months after the International Skating Union cleared the speed skater to compete in July.

Asia’s richest man: China will be ‘increasingly isolated’ from world; India will be poverty-free by 2050

  • Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest person and the world’s second-richest billionaire, believes that China, which he said was the “foremost champion of globalization,” “will feel increasingly isolated” and find it difficult to bounce back.
  • Adani, the founder and chairperson of the Adani Group, made the comment during his keynote speech at the 20th Forbes Global CEO conference in Singapore on Tuesday.
  • Adani listed some factors he believed would impact China, including “Increasing nationalism, supply chain risk mitigation, and technology restrictions." The country’s Belt and Road initiative, a “demonstration of its global ambition,” might also face challenges as resistance continues.
  • “While I expect all these economies will readjust over time — and bounce back — the friction of the bounce-back looks far harder this time,” he said.

Indian billionaire and Asia’s richest person Gautam Adani expressed pessimism regarding China, saying the country “will feel increasingly isolated” as he remained optimistic about India’s future economy.

In his keynote speech at the 20th Forbes Global CEO conference in Singapore on Tuesday, Adani said he believes several factors would impact China’s economy, such as “Increasing nationalism, supply chain risk mitigation, and technology restrictions.”

Los Angeles-Hong Kong business class fare reaches $13,000 after quarantine requirements dropped

  • Hong Kong saw a massive surge of inbound and outbound travelers after Chief Executive John Lee uplifted its mandatory COVID-19 hotel quarantine protocol last week.
  • Travel agency Trip.com reportedly saw a 400% increase in outbound bookings on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 compared to the previous weekend, while inbound bookings surged by 150%.
  • Flight bookings for Osaka, one of the recent top destinations alongside Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore, were up by 7,300%, the website noted.
  • Ticket prices have also increased amid the influx of travelers.
  • “I’m conscious of the fact that, while we need to control the spread of COVID, we also need to ensure that there will be maximum activities in society and economic activities for society to carry on,” Lee said.

Plane ticket prices to and from Hong Kong recently underwent a massive surge after the city announced it would finally ease its COVID-19 protocols for arriving tourists and returning residents.

For the first time in two-and-a-half years, tourists can now enter Hong Kong without having to do a mandatory weeks-long hotel quarantine at their own expense.