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Chinese billionaire Richard Liu settles sexual assault lawsuit filed by Minnesota student

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  • Chinese billionaire Liu Qiandong has settled a case with Liu Jingyao, a University of Minnesota graduate who accused the man of rape in Minneapolis in 2018.
  • The settlement, which was announced by attorneys for both parties on Saturday, two days before the civil trial was scheduled to start on Monday, has not been disclosed.
  • The 49-year-old founder and CEO of e-commerce giant JD.com, also known as Richard Liu, was accused of raping the former University of Minnesota student after a night out with a group of Chinese executives.
  • A joint statement from both sides described the encounter as “a misunderstanding.”
  • Her lawsuit demanded more than $50,000, and was expected to ask the jury for more.

Chinese billionaire Liu Qiandong has settled a case with Liu Jingyao, a University of Minnesota graduate who accused him of raping her in Minneapolis in 2018.

The settlement, which was announced by attorneys for both parties on Saturday, two days before the civil trial was scheduled to start on Monday, has not been disclosed, according to the Associated Press.

NYPD asks for help after man follows woman into Chinatown apartment building and sexually assaults her

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  • Surveillance footage showed a man sexually assaulting a woman in her New York City Chinatown apartment building.
  • The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, the New York Police Department said.
  • In the video, the woman is seen being pinned against the wall in her vestibule before the culprit tries to kiss her and forcibly gropes her buttocks, breasts and groin.
  • The man, who police described as an adult male, approximately 160 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, medium complexion and bald, fled eastbound on Madison Street towards Catherine Street.
  • He was last seen wearing a beige New York Yankees baseball cap, a plaid collared shirt, light colored sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers.

The New York Police Department is asking the public for help in finding a man sexually assaulted a woman in her Chinatown apartment building.

The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, police said.

Elderly Asian woman attacked and robbed of life savings by men posing as construction workers in California

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  • A 70-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed of her life savings by three men pretending to be utility workers in Daly City, California, according to her granddaughter.
  • Surveillance footage at the elderly woman’s home showed what appeared to be a man wearing a construction worker vest, a hard hat and holding a laptop.
  • “He was pretending to be someone from PG&E, to try and trick my grandmother into letting him to the house,” Skylar, the victim’s granddaughter, said.
  • An investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to Daly City police.
  • A fundraising campaign has been created on GoFundMe for the recovery of Skylar’s grandmother.

The granddaughter of an elderly Asian woman in Daly City, California, is speaking out after her grandmother was assaulted and robbed of her life savings by three men pretending to be utility workers.

Surveillance footage at the 70-year-old woman’s home shows a man wearing a construction worker vest, a hard hat and holding a laptop.

Doja Cat defends Asian-owned jewelry brand after Forever 21 accused of copying its designs

  • Designer OHT has called out Forever 21 for copying their designs after customers sent the New York City-based brand photos and videos of similar necklaces found in-store and online.
  • In an Instagram post last week, OHTNYC founder and designer Jinsol Woo and his business partner Lin Ye demanded an apology from Forever 21 for creating jewelry that resembled their products.
  • Photos sent to NextShark show the resemblance between OHTNYC’s and Forever 21’s designs.
  • The controversy went viral after rapper Doja Cat, one of OHTNYC’s biggest supporters, accused Forever 21 on Twitter of stealing from the brand.
  • This is not the first time Forever 21 has been accused of stealing designs.

Fashion and jewelry designer OHT has called out Forever 21 for copying their designs after customers sent the New York City-based brand photos and videos of similar necklaces found in-store and online.

In an Instagram post last week, OHTNYC founder and designer Jinsol Woo and his business partner Lin Ye demanded Forever 21 take responsibility and apologize for creating jewelry that resembled their products.

Red Lobster opens its first restaurant in Thailand

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  • Red Lobster has made its way to Bangkok for the first time in an effort to expand in Asia.
  • The branch has a capacity of 70 diners and is located at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
  • The menu includes seafood bought from traceable and sustainable sources, such as Maine lobster, North American snow crab, wild-caught cod, shrimp, scallops, clams and Atlantic salmon.
  • The chain, which is partially owned by Bangkok-based seafood producer Thai Union, has been struggling financially since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The company is also currently running without a CEO following Kelli Valade’s departure in April.

Red Lobster has made its way to the shores of Bangkok for the first time in an effort to expand in Asia.

The Bangkok branch of the popular U.S. seafood restaurant chain, its first in Thailand, has a capacity of 70 diners and is located at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

Japanese Wagyu wins World’s Best Steak on first entry at 2022 World Steak Challenge

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  • A Japanese wagyu sirloin has taken the top prize at the 2022 World Steak Challenge in Dublin.
  • Judges praised Japanese producer Starzen Co.’s first-time entry, the “Akune Gold,” for being a “melt in the mouth” steak.
  • The steak came from an A4 grade, 30-month-old female beef animal that was raised in the Kagoshima region.
  • The meat also won World’s Best Sirloin and World’s Best Grain-Fed at the awards ceremony on Wednesday.
  • "It is very exciting to have our first Japanese entry and consequently the winner of World's Best Steak,” World Steak Challenge representative Ed Bennington said in a statement. “The vast number of entries from across the globe truly showcases the quality of steak on an international scale."

A Japanese Wagyu sirloin has taken the top prize at the 2022 World Steak Challenge in Dublin, with judges praising the “melt in the mouth” steak.

Japanese producer Starzen Co. entered the competition for the first time with its “Akune Gold,” which came from an A4 grade, 30-month-old female beef animal that was raised in the Kagoshima region.

Myanmar model sentenced to 6 years in jail by military court after posting pics on OnlyFans

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  • A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail for posting nude photos on OnlyFans.
  • Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said.
  • Meanwhile, Miss Myanmar 2020 Thinzar Wint Kyaw is set to face trial in October after sharing photos of herself taking part in protests online.
  • Han Lay, also known as Thaw Nandar Aung, a 23-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar, was denied re-entry into Thailand after she found that her travel documents were invalid while flying back from Vietnam.
  • An estimated 15,600 people have been detained by the military since it took over, while more than 12,000 people are still in jail and nearly 2,322 political prisoners have died.

A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail after posting nude photos on OnlyFans.

Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said. She lived in martial law-controlled North Dagon Township in Yangon, where the right to a lawyer is often denied to people charged with such crimes, the BBC reported.

Indian student allegedly beaten to death by upper caste teacher over misspelled word

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  • A 15-year-old Dalit student was allegedly brutally beaten to death by an upper caste teacher after the boy made a spelling mistake on a test, police said.
  • The teen was a student at the Adarsh Inter College on Phanfood Road, where he was hit with a rod and repeatedly kicked for incorrectly spelling the word “social” on the test on Sept. 7.
  • The boy has since succumbed to his injuries.
  • The teacher agreed to pay for the boy’s medical expenses, but only offered 40,000 rupees (approximately $491) in two installments.
  • Protests have erupted following the incident.

A 15-year-old Dalit student was allegedly brutally beaten to death by a teacher, who is part of an upper caste, after the boy made spelling errors on a class test, police said.

The teen, identified by the Times of India as Nikhit Kumar of Vaisholi village of Auraiya, was a student at the Adarsh Inter College on Phanfood Road, where he was hit with a rod and repeatedly kicked for incorrectly spelling the word “social” on the test on Sept. 7. 

New personal fryer can help fuel your tempura addiction

Japanese electronics company Thanko has come up with another brilliant way to cook your favorite struggle meals: the new Kalari portable fryer.

The Kalari has a wide range of temperature settings, up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit. A personal fryer, it only holds up to 16.9 ounces of oil. Its size makes the Kalari a perfect personal fryer for your college dorm room or that box in New York City you pay nearly $3,000 a month for.

108-year-old Japanese American silent film found in NY museum to be preserved

  • Denise Khor, associate professor of Asian American and visual studies at Northeastern University, has been tasked to preserve a 108-year-old Japanese American silent film thought to be lost in the archives of a museum in New York.
  • The only surviving copy of the 1914 silent film “The Oath of the Sword” was reportedly tucked away in the archives of the Rochester-based museum.
  • Khor, in partnership with George Eastman Museum and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, received a grant in 2021 from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve “The Oath of the Sword.”
  • Khor said representation in the film is reminiscent of representation we see in the media today.

A Northeastern University professor has been tasked to preserve a 108-year-old Japanese American silent film thought to be lost in the archives of a museum in New York.

Denise Khor, associate professor of Asian American and visual studies at Northeastern University, received an email about the film from George Eastman Museum while doing research for her book “Transpacific Convergences: Race, Migration, and Japanese American Film Culture before World War II” in 2016.

Anthony Bourdain calling out Singapore’s treatment of domestic workers goes viral

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  • An old video of the late chef Anthony Bourdain recently went viral on Twitter and sparked a heated debate about how Singapore treats its domestic workers.
  • “What are maids?” Bourdain asks as he sits down with locals in Singapore for his food and travel show, “Parts Unknown.”
  • The woman explains that maids are like the “opiate of the masses” in the country.
  • Twitter users appeared to side with the chef for calling out indentured labor in Singapore.
  • Singapore’s government has tried to make improvements to the well-being of domestic workers, including giving them a day off at least once a month starting at the end of 2022.

A video of late chef Anthony Bourdain from 2017 recently went viral on Twitter and sparked a heated debate about how Singapore treats its domestic workers.

“What are maids?” Bourdain asks as he sits down with locals in Singapore for his food and travel show, “Parts Unknown.” 

Japanese streamer turns Southeast Asian curse words directed at her on Twitch into EDM bop

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  • Japanese Twitch streamer and Dota 2 player Xiinya has gone viral for taking the toxic comments she receives online and turning them into an electronic dance music (EDM) bop.
  • Xiinya lists out the vulgarities she hears while going live on the Southeast Asian server in the two-minute song “SEA SERVER.”
  • Reddit user MasterNyooot translated the words from different Southeast Asian dialects, including Hokkien and Tagalog.
  • Social media users have called the new song “the official SEA Gamers National Anthem.”
  • “SEA SERVER” is now available on Spotify.

Japanese Twitch streamer and “Dota 2” player Xiinya has gone viral for taking the toxic comments she receives online and turning them into an electronic dance music (EDM) bop.

In the two-minute song titled “SEA SERVER,” which Xiinya debuted on her Facebook page on Sept. 23, the streamer lists out the vulgarities she hears while going live on the Southeast Asian server.