Jane Nam

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ABD Phd Candidate in Social & Political Philosophy, currently located in Atlanta, GA. Interested in topics of human experience, freedom, responsibility, and love.

SF DA Chesa Boudin introduces new AAPI victim service unit amid upcoming recall election

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  • On Wednesday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin unveiled plans for a new Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unit as part of his office’s wider Victim Services Division.
  • Boudin introduced the new unit’s director, Paul Lam, whom he stated would “ensure all AAPI victims of crime receive the services and support they need.”
  • The news comes at the time of his upcoming recall election on June 7.
  • With the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19, Boudin was criticized for not being hard enough on combating the attacks and harassment crimes.
  • On June 7, San Francisco voters will decide whether to keep the district attorney in office, or replace him.

On Wednesday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin unveiled plans for a new Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unit as part of his office’s wider Victim Services Division.

Boudin announced the creation of the AAPI unit in an effort to better serve the Bay Area’s underserved communities. Boudin then introduced the new unit’s director, Paul Lam, whom he stated would “ensure all AAPI victims of crime receive the services and support they need.”

Asian American lawmakers respond to the elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

  • In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties.
  • Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws.
  • Both Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to how the NRA and other gun rights groups pour millions into Republican campaigns each cycle.
  • In 2021 alone, gun rights advocates invested $15.8 million for lobbying, while gun control groups spent a meager $2.9 million.
  • There have been no mentions of gun law reform on the accounts of Asian Republican lawmakers, while many offered prayers and their condolences for the tragedy.

In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties. 

Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws, and urged legislators to immediately act on passing more regulations. 

Avalanche of hacked Xinjiang Police documents, images expose Chinese government abuse of Uyghurs

  • A leaked cache of thousands of photos and official documents, titled “The Xinjiang Police Files,” reveal new information surrounding China’s detainment of its Uyghur population.
  • An anonymous hacker allegedly downloaded and decrypted the secret files from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang before handing them to U.S.-based scholar Dr. Adrian Zenz.
  • The hacked files contain over 5,000 photographs of Uyghurs and other Chinese ethnic, Muslim minorities from the Xinjiang region taken by police between January and July 2018.
  • Also included are images of the detention centers themselves, supporting previous reports about the conditions of the facilities.
  • Despite the Chinese government’s insistence that the internment camps are “vocational schools,” records show armed officer guards are instructed with a “shoot-to-kill” policy for escapees.
  • Foreign Minister Wang Yi previously stated in 2019, “The truth is the education and training centres in Xinjiang are schools that help people free themselves from extremism,” referring to the Islamic religion.

A leaked cache of thousands of photos and official documents, titled “The Xinjiang Police Files,” reveal new information surrounding China’s detainment of its Uyghur population.

An anonymous hacker allegedly downloaded and decrypted the secret files from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang before handing them to Dr. Adrian Zenz, a U.S.-based scholar who has previously published research on Xinjiang.

Vietnamese refugee who vows to ‘fight the woke agenda’ wins VA GOP nom despite raising less money

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  • Vietnamese refugee and retired U.S. Navy captain Hung Cao won the GOP primary on Saturday and will go on to battle Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton for Northern Virginia’s 10th District.
  • In an impressive roster of 11 candidates, political newcomer Cao came out on top, reportedly gaining over 50 percent of the votes in the ninth round of balloting.
  • Cao led the polls throughout the race for the primaries, including over Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, who was able to raise more funds than the retired veteran but ultimately lost.
  • With a district population that is 15.5 percent Asian, Cao strategically targeted the region’s immigrant communities.
  • It is predicted to be a tight race between the former Navy captain of over 25 years and Rep. Wexton, who has held the position since 2019.

Vietnamese refugee and retired U.S. Navy captain Hung Cao, 50, won the GOP primary on Saturday and will go on to battle Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton for Northern Virginia’s 10th District.

In an impressive roster of 11 candidates, political newcomer Cao came out on top, reportedly gaining over 50 percent of the votes in the ninth round of balloting. 

Calling all allies: Here’s what happened on Biden’s mission-driven tour of Asia

  • In a news conference held on Monday in Tokyo, President Biden gave an unequivocal “yes,” when asked if the U.S. would get involved militarily if China were to attack Taiwan.
  • Tensions have grown between China versus the U.S. and Taiwan amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, during which the looming question of whether China would be next to invade Taiwan has led to nations scrambling to reinforce ties with allies.
  • Beijing diplomat Yang Jiechi responded with the warning, “If the U.S. side insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong road, it will certainly lead to a dangerous situation.”
  • Biden’s visit to the Indo-Pacific comes at a critical time in which the President appears to be rallying the support of allies to trump China’s reach in the region.
  • Biden also met with leaders from South Korea, Australia and India to discuss economic strategies that would encourage less of a dependence on China as a trading partner.

In a news conference held Monday in Tokyo, President Biden gave an unequivocal “yes,” when asked if the U.S. would militarily step in if China were to attack Taiwan.

In the joint conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a reporter asked Biden, “You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily, for obvious reasons, are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?”

96-year-old Japanese WWII POW warns Russia-Ukraine is history repeating itself

Akiyoshi Chikada, a 96-year-old Japanese man who was formerly interned in Ukraine during World War II, says that history is repeating itself with the Russia-Ukraine War.

Chikada was tricked into working at an internment camp in 1945 after Soviet troops promised he was returning to Japan while putting him on a freight train, according to The Mainichi.

NYT food writer Eric Kim’s new cookbook ‘Korean American’ will make you cry (and not from onions)

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  • New York Times columnist Eric Kim sat with NextShark to talk about his bestselling debut cookbook, “Korean American.”
  • The book not only includes delicious, original recipes, but an investigation into Asian American identity and culture.
  • “Only recently have I been able to fully embrace that I am at once both and neither, and something else entirely: I am Korean American,” explains Kim.
  • The book is full of mesmerizing, mouth-watering photos of Kim’s many brilliant dishes, but as Kim also says, this was a project of unpacking his upbringing, as Jean’s son and as a Korean American existing in a space between two worlds.
  • His recipes magnify this point, with many being a fusion of Korean and American cuisine, such as his pan-seared rib eye with gochujang (red pepper paste) butter dish or his sesame-soy deviled eggs.

New York Times columnist Eric Kim sat with NextShark to talk about his bestselling debut cookbook, “Korean American,” which not only includes delicious, original recipes, but an investigation into Asian American identity and culture.

Kim released the book at the end of March this year and has since been on tour, including a visit to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Ohio Democratic rep. blames white supremacy for Dallas Korean hair salon shooting

  • Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3) spoke at the Capitol on Thursday, stating that “three people in a Korean-owned hair salon” were gunned by another “white supremacy replacement theorist,” when the suspect is Black.
  • Beatty, who is also chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), mistakenly blamed white supremacy for the shooting at the Dallas Korean hair salon that left three women of Korean descent wounded.
  • What Beatty did get right, however, was that the shooting was most likely a hate crime, based on police reports.
  • Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia announced on Tuesday the arrest of 36-year-old Jeremy Theron Smith, who is believed to have mental health issues.
  • According to Garcia, the gunman suffered from “panic attacks and delusions when he was around anyone of Asian descent.”

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3) spoke at the Capitol on Thursday, stating that “three people in a Korean-owned hair salon” were gunned by another “white supremacy replacement theorist,” when the suspect is Black.  

Beatty, who is also chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, mistakenly blamed white supremacy for the shooting at the Dallas Korean hair salon that left three women of Korean descent wounded.

Elon Musk calls recently surfaced sexual misconduct allegations a ‘politically motivated hit piece’

  • According to a recent report, a private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 by SpaceX to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
  • Documents signed by the attendant’s friend revealed that during a flight to London in 2016, founder Elon Musk exposed his erect penis to a female cabin crew member of SpaceX. He allegedly offered to buy her a horse in exchange for a massage and asked her to “do more.”
  • When asked to comment, Musk answered that there was “a lot more to this story.” He added, “If I were inclined to engage in sexual harrassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light.” 
  • Users pointed out that the timing of the sexual misconduct allegations warranted suspicion, considering that Musk had pledged to vote Republican moving forward the day before.

A former SpaceX flight attendant accused billionaire and founder Elon Musk of sexual misconduct in 2018. 

According to reports shared with Business Insider, the private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Korean ex-Navy SEAL and YouTuber Rhee Ken is promoted to leader in Ukraine army

  • Former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant-turned-YouTuber Ken Rhee, 37, has reportedly been promoted to a leadership position in the Ukrainian military.
  • On Monday, Anton Gerashchenko, the official advisor for the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, posted on his Twitter that Rhee was being placed in a “leadership position” given his “special operations experience.”
  • The new rank would give the former Navy SEAL “a lot of leeway in planning missions against [Russian] forces,” added the official.
  • In an interview on Saturday, Rhee also shared that he had been injured while fighting Russian forces in Irpin, Ukraine, and was currently hospitalized.
  • Korean law forbids its citizens from traveling to Ukraine, and violators of the law, including Rhee, risk prison time and a potential fine of 10 million won ($7,913).

Former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant-turned-YouTuber Rhee Ken, 37, has reportedly been promoted to a leadership position in the Ukrainian military. 

On Monday, Anton Gerashchenko, the official advisor for and former deputy minister at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, posted on his Twitter that Rhee, a volunteer fighter for the International Legion, was being placed in a “leadership position” given his “special operations experience.” 

Senate passes bill to study new Asian Pacific American history national museum

  • The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, necessitating the creation of a committee that will plan its building. 
  • Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.
  • The bill “seeks to create the first national museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Pacific Americans.” 
  • With Congress' support, a commission of eight experts will be created to facilitate the planning of the AAPI facility’s construction and operations, potentially as a part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • While the bill does not guarantee the establishment of an AAPI Museum, it ensures that there will be a draft with a plan of action to be submitted to Congress.

The AAPI museum study bill was passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote, establishing the creation of a committee that will plan its building.  

Sponsored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6), who is also the first vice chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the measure first passed in the House on April 26 and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval.

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