Maina Chen

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NYPD looking for woman seen in video pepper-spraying four Asian women in broad daylight

  • The New York City Police Department is searching for a woman who pepper-sprayed four Asian women in the Meatpacking District on Saturday.
  • The Asian women, who chose to remain anonymous, told NextShark that the attacker hurled racial insults and then charged at them with the spray in an unprovoked attack.
  • The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The New York City Police Department is looking for a woman who assaulted four Asian women with pepper spray in a broad daylight attack in the Meatpacking District on Saturday.

The four women, between the ages of 24 to 25, chose to remain anonymous out of concern for their personal and professional lives. One of the women, identified as Nicole, told NextShark that the attack occurred at around 6:03 p.m. EST.

Shinee members and fans flood social media platforms to wish late singer Jonghyun a happy birthday

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  • Shinee members and fans flooded social media platforms to wish late singer Jonghyun a happy birthday and to celebrate his accomplishments.
  • His birthday remembrance comes after the fourth anniversary of his death on Dec. 18, 2017.
  • The singer died from suicide at the age of 27, most likely due to declining mental health.

Shinee members and fans have taken to social media to remember late singer-songwriter Jonghyun (Kim Jong-hyun) on his birthday.

Born April 8, 1990, Jonghyun performed with members Onew (Lee Jin-ki), Key (Kim Ki-bum), Minho (Choi Min-ho) and Taemin (Lee Tae-min) in the vastly popular second-generation K-pop group Shinee for nine years as their main vocalist. He was well-known for his vocal range which spanned over three octaves, for his talent as a composer, producer and as a successful solo artist. 

Hundreds gather in NYC Chinatown to protest the development of a new 24-hour homeless shelter

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Hundreds gathered in New York City’s Chinatown last Thursday to protest the development of a new 24-hour homeless shelter. Four shelters have reportedly been proposed in the neighborhood, which would raise the total number of shelters in Chinatown to 10 if completed.

Protestors on Thursday took particular issue with the planned seventh shelter, which would replace the shuttered Bowery Hanbee Hotel at 231 Grand St. and house 94 beds.

Protesters rally against 40-story ‘mega jail’ set to be built next to senior living center in NYC Chinatown

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  • Between 500 to 2,000 people came together on Sunday to protest the 40-story “mega jail” that is scheduled to be built in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown.
  • Concerns were raised over the proposed jail’s placement, with protestors believing it would pose a threat to a historically rich Chinatown known for having a large elderly population.
  • The new jail would stand next to the Chung Pak senior residence center.

Between 500 to 2,000 people came together over the weekend to protest the 40-story “mega jail” that is scheduled to be built in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown.

In 2017, former Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed an $8.3 billion borough-based jail program which included building the tallest jail in the world in Chinatown. Between 2018 and 2019, the mega jail’s location shifted from 80 Centre Street to 125 White St. After more deliberation, a new plan arose to demolish the Manhattan Detention Complex (known as “The Tombs”) and build the world’s tallest jail in its place.

NYPD looking for man who hit Asian subway rider with hammer after they bumped into each other

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  • A 29-year-old Asian man was struck in the head with a hammer allegedly after bumping into his unnamed attacker at a Chelsea subway platform.
  • The incident occurred at the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line at around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • The New York Police Department (NYPD) is now looking for the attacker; however, the investigating NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has purportedly confirmed the incident was not racially motivated.
  • The attacker is described to be around 30 years old and roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall with a slim build. They were also described as wearing a purple wig, purple lipstick, a red and white jacket, red and white sneakers, blue jeans and carrying a tote bag.
  • This attack comes just two days after another unidentified Asian man, 41, was allegedly slashed across his face with a razor blade on the J train.

An Asian man was struck in the head with a hammer while standing on a subway platform in New York City on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line in Chelsea at around 9:15 p.m. 

Apink’s ‘Dilemma’: Legendary K-pop girl group’s comeback song sounds like a Cantonese swear

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  • K-pop girl group Apink’s long-awaited comeback song “Dilemma” has amused Cantonese speakers because of the song name and lyrics’ phonetic similarity to a popular swear.
  • A fan told two members of the group at a recent virtual fan meeting and recorded their shocked reactions.
  • Considered part of the second generation of K-pop idols to come out of Hallyu, or the South Korean wave, Apink has kept their fans waiting for a full-length album since 2016.

Legendary K-pop girl group Apink is turning heads – including their own — as a result of how similar the name and lyrics of their comeback song “Dilemma” sounds to a Cantonese swear.

On Feb. 14, the veteran group, under IST Entertainment, released their fourth Korean studio album “Horn,” which was marketed as a special album to celebrate it having been over 10 years since their 2011 debut.

A year after NYC brutal hate assault, daughter searches for Good Samaritan who saved her elderly mother’s life

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Almost one year after a brutal assault in broad daylight, an elderly Filipina American and her daughter speak out about how it feels to be a hate crime survivor and how the incident changed their lives.

As a single mother whose husband passed away several years ago, Vilma Kari wanted to spend time with her only daughter, Elizabeth “Liz,” to ease the loneliness of the pandemic. She traveled from Chicago to New York last year for that purpose, however, during her trip she fell victim to an anti-Asian assault.

Former Subtle Asian Traits memer, now Twitch cook, goes viral for explaining the internet to Gordon Ramsay

  • When Twitch streamer Tricia Wang introduced herself as a contestant on the competitive reality cooking show “Next Level Chef,” Michelin-starred chef and host Gordon Ramsay responded with “What the f*ck is Twitch?”
  • Wang went viral on the Asian Facebook group “Subtle Asian Traits” after sharing the moment on Thursday as a former prominent memer.

A Twitch streamer went viral for the second time when she posted a clip of her interaction with Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay from the competitive reality cooking show “Next Level Chef” on Thursday.

Known by her handle @triciaisabirdy on the streaming platform, Tricia Wang appeared as a contestant on host Ramsay’s new show. Also featuring pro chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, who will serve as mentors, the show takes 15 cooks from all walks of life — line cooks, home chefs, food truck runners, social media stars and more, to face off in a “culinary gauntlet” to find the “next culinary superstar.” Contestants will be taken under the tutelage of one of the three chefs and pitted against each other in teams.

After hitting ‘rock bottom,’ a 26 y/o is supporting his family and improving parent-child relationships through a card game

  • After years of misplaced anger and miscommunication, Joseph Lam rebuilt his relationship with his parents by genuinely talking with them.
  • Lam co-founded a card game called Parents are Human to encourage conversation between bilingual children and their parents.
  • Decks are 70 cards each divided into 50 questions and 20 actions and are currently available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Filipino/Tagalog and English-only, with blank backs for players to fill in.

The power of community drives the success of a card game called Parents Are Human, which aims at improving communication and connection between immigrant families.

Joseph Lam, 26, was in his early 20s when he hit “rock bottom.” In 2018, he ended his health tech company and an almost two-year relationship and was forced to move back into his family home where he faced a turbulent relationship with his parents.

What to expect from ‘Single’s Inferno’ as it heads into its fiery finale

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  • The final “Single's Inferno” episodes of the season will be released this Saturday on Netflix.
  • Although the reality show is branded as a competition, it is unknown if there are any final grand prizes at stake.

Netflix’s South Korean competitive reality dating show “Single’s Inferno” is sizzling up as it nears its finale, expected to air this weekend.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for those who are not caught up on the show.

‘John Wick’ fight choreographer breaks down iconic Hong Kong-style influences in ‘Matrix Resurrections’

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If there’s one thing other than the mind-bending philosophies that catapulted the “Matrix” trilogy into cult classic status, it’s the fight choreography and innovation behind the revolutionary slow-mo “bullet time” effects.

In anticipation of “The Matrix Resurrections” in which Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their 20-year-old roles as Neo and Trinity, fans are left wondering how the two of them are still alive and what they will be fighting against in this newest installment.

‘What is control? What is real?’: ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ cast hint at life in a simulation

It’s been over 20 years since “The Matrix” first took over our screens, immediately earning its spot as one of the most iconic films in cinematic history.

“The Matrix Resurrections” marks the modern, meta return of sleek, full-body suits; all-black trench coats and polarized sunglasses, calling back to the days we marveled at revolutionary “bullet time” graphics and pondered the illusion of choice.