Jiselle Lee

Jiselle Lee

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Why we should thank our local Asian American reporters: Gia Vang, Chenue Her and Dion Lim keep marching forward in the face of racism

Asian American Reporters
  • Asian American reporters, who have become watchdogs for the communities they serve, often receive the brunt of online anti-Asian hate.
  • Local news anchors Gia Vang (Minneapolis), Chenue Her (Des Moines) and Dion Lim (San Francisco) spoke to NextShark about the racism and xenophobia they’ve received before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The journalists say that these hurtful encounters will stay with them long after the pandemic is over.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been victims of xenophobia and racism for hundreds of years. Many Asian Americans, however, are currently experiencing highly publicized, violent forms of anti-Asian hate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One group of individuals who have been particularly impacted by this aggressive increase are Asian American reporters.

Local broadcast news reporters are highly accessible online, and their contact information is usually available to those who want to submit tips or suggestions for stories. Because they act as a resource to the communities they serve, their social media is often available to the public as an open forum.

Report: A third of Asians in San Gabriel Valley experienced anti-Asian hate during the pandemic

San Gabriel Survey
  • About a third of Asian Americans in California’s San Gabriel Valley said they or their family members have experienced anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey released by Advancing Justice - Los Angeles on Wednesday.
  • About 37% of survey respondents “noticed an increase in racial discrimination or harassment in their community since the COVID-19 outbreak.”
  • Almost half “feel less safe in their community” than before the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • About 55% “do not feel there is support in their community for victims of racial discrimination or harrassment.”
  • Almost 60% of survey applicants said “they changed how they feel and behave when they leave their home.”

Advancing Justice – Los Angeles released a community survey on Wednesday that gives insight into the anti-Asian racism in California’s San Gabriel Valley.

About a third of Asian Americans in San Gabriel Valley said they or their family members have experienced anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Stop Hate Survey. Most of those who have experienced anti-Asian hate said the attacks also involved verbal abuse.

Judge tells 72-year-old man stricken with cancer he ‘should be ashamed of himself’ for his un-mowed lawn

Judge Alexis Krot
  • Burhan Chowdhury, a 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes in 2019, received a citation for overgrown grass in August.
  • Michigan Judge Alexis Krot told Chowdhury on Monday that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house.
  • Chowdhury’s son, 33-year-old Shibbir Chowdhury, explained to Krot that his father is sick and they had already cleaned the area around their house after receiving the citation.
  • Krot told Chowdhury, "If I could give you jail time on this I would."

Michigan Judge Alexis Krot is under fire for her overreaction to 72-year-old Burhan Chowdhury’s overgrown lawn.

During a Zoom hearing on Monday, Krot told Chowdhury, who is very ill with cancer, that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house, according to the Washington Post.

Same-sex married couple are first in Taiwan to legally adopt child

Taiwan Same Sex Adoption
  • A married same-sex couple became the first LGBTQ couple to legally adopt a child together in Taiwan this week.
  • Taiwan’s law on same-sex marriage, passed in 2019, allowed one of the spouses to adopt the other’s biological child or a non-biologically related child as an unmarried individual, but the law did not permit same-sex couples to adopt a child together.
  • The couple, who have been together for 16 years, prolonged their engagement and married after their paperwork to adopt their daughter was finalized before taking their case to court to have Chen equally recognized as a parent.

Wang Chen-wei and Chen Chun-ju are the first LGBTQ plus couple in Taiwan to legally adopt a non-biologically related child together.

LGBTQ plus activists have advocated to amend the 2019 law that legalized same-sex marriage to allow more freedoms for the marginalized community in the country, according to Taiwan News. Until late December, only one of the spouses in a same-sex marriage could adopt the other’s biological child, but the law prevented same-sex couples from adopting a child together who is not related to either of them biologically.

Video: Chinese COVID-19 patients confined to metal boxes in quarantine camps

Covid Camps
  • Photos and videos of quarantine camps in Xi’an were revealed online this week.
  • Twitter user @songpinganq reshared a string of videos taken by quarantined individuals showing the rows of temporary housing and the scarce conditions inside the boxes.
  • Social media users say officials have been transporting hundreds of pregnant women, children and eldery to these quarantine camps since the start of the year.

Photos and videos from Chinese quarantine camps show that government officials are isolating residents in what looks like hundreds of metal boxes.

Twenty million Chinese residents from Xi’an, Yuzhou and Anyang are being confined to their homes as a result of China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy.

School board member says ‘anti-Asian feel’ to new admission policy of country’s top high school

  • Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish is under fire after a text message to another board member about the district’s admissions policy was published by an outside organization.
  • Based on the texts, Omeish seems to be admitting that the district’s race-based admissions is “anti Asian.”
  • Emails exchanged between the school board members and a district official will also be used in a court case against the Fairfax County School Board.

Abrar Omeish, a Fairfax County school board member, wrote in a text message to another board member that the district’s admissions policy is discriminatory towards Asians.

“I mean there has been an anti asian feel underlying some of this, hate to say it lol,” Omeish texted school board member Stella Pekarsky, according to Parents Defending Education.

Police find remains of Ohio Vietnamese mother missing since 2002

  • Ohio mom Stephanie Van Nguyen, who was 26 at the time of her disappearance, her 4-year-old daughter Kristina and 3-year-old son John have been missing since 2002.
  • In October, Delhi Township police reached a breakthrough in her missing persons case when they pulled an SUV out of the Ohio River.
  • On Tuesday, police confirmed that a fibula bone they found in the vehicle belongs to Nguyen.

Ohio police confirmed that they have found evidence of the remains of a Vietnamese woman who has been missing since 2002.

Stephanie Van Nguyen, who was 26 at the time of her disappearance, has been missing since 2002, along with her daughter Kristina and son John, who were 4 and 2 years old, respectively, at the time.

China locks down third city, Anyang, raising total in strict quarantine to 20 million

  • China locked down the city of Anyang, bringing the total number of Chinese residents in quarantine to 20 million people.
  • Anyang joins Xi’an and Yuzhou as the latest Chinese city to be locked down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Chinese city of Anyang joined Xi’an and Yuzhou in  lockdown because of a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Associated Press (AP).

On Monday, the government announced that they were locking down the city after two cases of Omicron were reported. It is not clear how long the lockdown of Anyang is expected to last.

‘We are systematically not represented’: Alumni group pushes for Dartmouth’s first AAPI studies department

  • In early December, Dartmouth’s Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA) announced that it will start a fund to be put towards an Asian American and Pacific Islander studies department.
  • The fund has raised about $203,000 so far.
  • The establishment of the fund follows a pivotal year of campus activism, during which the Dartmouth Asian American Studies Collective collected 1,200 signatures in support of the department.

In early December, Dartmouth’s Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA) announced that it will start a fund to create an Asian American and Pacific Islander studies department.

The fund will be put towards hiring Asian American faculty and fellows as well as supporting research, new courses and off-campus programming, according to The Dartmouth.

Xi’an woman begging for period products in viral video called ‘dramatic’ on Chinese social media

  • Residents of Xi’an, a locked down city in China under quarantine, continue to suffer health issues and supply shortages.
  • A video of a woman pleading for period products from a health worker went viral on Weibo last week.
  • Male Chinese social media users responded by saying the woman was being “dramatic” and “self-centered.”

A video of a resident from the city of Xi’an, which has been on lockdown since Dec. 22, went viral as the city continues to suffer health issues and supply shortages. 

Xi’an, home to about 13 million people, has been on strict lockdown after the government reported over 1,000 residents (well over 1,600 as of last week, according to CNN) tested positive for COVID-19 in December, reported the New York Times.

Family of Hawaii grandmother fatally shot at Las Vegas mall push for suspects to be denied bail

Fashion Show Mall
  • Clarice Yamaguchi, a 66-year-old Waipahu resident, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
  • Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
  • Yamaguchi’s daughter Cheryl Harimoto mourned her mother’s death, saying she was loved by so many people.

A 66-year-old Waipahu resident in Hawaii, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers said the shooting at the mall’s parking garage happened at about 1:30 p.m.