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26 Asian celebrities, activists, political leaders among TIME’s ‘100 most influential people of 2021’

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TIME magazine has published its 100 most influential people of 2021 on Wednesday and the full list includes Naomi Osaka, Shohei Ohtani and Cathy Park Hong, among other Asian luminaries from around the globe.

The 18th annual list of influential people features activists, celebrities, political leaders and athletes, with the youngest among them being Olympic medalist Sunisa Lee.

Simu Liu plays a one-eyed samurai in Netflix anime ‘Bright: Samurai Soul’ set in feudal Japan

Bright Samurai Soul will have Simu Liu voice the main character

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu is set to voice the lead character for the English dub version of the upcoming Netflix anime film “Bright: Samurai Soul.”

Same universe: Based in the world of David Ayer’s 2017 Netflix movie “Bright,” starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, “Bright: Samurai Soul” is set in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period, according to Deadline.

Teen Filipino prodigy in the race for a coveted Ferrari Driving School scholarship

racing Filipina prodigy will race for Ferrari scholarship

A 16-year-old Filipino race car driver was the only Asian woman chosen to participate in the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Girls on Track Rising Stars program in France.

Prestigious program: Bianca Bustamante, who has been racing since she was 5, thanks to her father, is one of 14 drivers in the senior category who will compete in the shootout from Oct. 21-23 at the famous Circuit Paul Richard, CNN reported.

Tony Leung is so legendary that Marvel boss was left ‘speechless’ after meeting him on set of ‘Shang-Chi’

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” features Simu Liu as the titular main character, but another star of the film left Marvel chief Kevin Feige so flabbergasted that he could hardly speak.

High praise: Hong Kong legend Tony Leung, who plays Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu, aka the “real” Mandarin, has been touted as the MCU’s best villain yet.

8 Killed in Indianapolis FedEx Shooting, Including ‘Significant’ Number of Sikh Employees


More details are being released about a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis where eight people lost their lives on Friday, including members of the Sikh community.

The details: Eight people were fatally shot, four inside and four outside the warehouse, while five others were injured and rushed to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Suspect Arrested After High School Teacher’s Nose, Teeth Damaged in Seattle Chinatown Attack

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A suspect who is accused of hitting a Japanese high school teacher in the face with a hard object inside a sock in Seattle Chinatown has been arrested.

Seattle police said Thursday that Sean Jeremy Holdip, 41, was arrested in connection with the assault and was being held at the King County Jail, KOMO News reported. It’s unclear if bond has been set.

Couple Finds Anti-Asian Slur Spray-Painted on Car in Georgia Parking Lot

A couple in Suwanee, Georgia discovered their car spray-painted with the racial slur “ch*nk” last Friday, police said.

Sonethida Siharath and her husband were walking back to their Nissan Altima after watching the movie at the Movie Tavern at 2855 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road on Feb. 26 after 9 p.m. when they spotted the derogatory term for Asian people on the vehicle’s passenger side spray-painted in black.