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Chris Pratt playing Super Mario may prove the Nintendo character is not Japanese after all

Mario film

Nintendo game director Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the “Super Mario Bros.” games, made a surprise appearance during the Nintendo Direct on Thursday to give details on an upcoming animated Mario movie.

It’s-a movie: Actor Chris Pratt, star of blockbuster franchises “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has been tapped to voice Mario in the still-untitled project from Nintendo and animation studio Illumination, which animated “Despicable Me” and “Minions,” Kotaku reported.

First Asian American ‘James Bond’ director Cary Fukunaga shares his pride in being the ‘other’

Cary Fukunaga directs James Bond film

Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American director to helm a James Bond film with the upcoming “No Time To Die,” recently shared his pride in having a multiracial background. 

On being the “other”: The Japanese American filmmaker revealed in an interview with Hollywood Reporter that his growing up in a multiracial, working-class family household in Oakland shaped the global perspective in his filmmaking. 

Evergrande founder sparks backlash after asking employees to ‘work hard’ through ‘adversity’

Evergrande founder sparks backlash online

China Evergrande Group’s former chairman Xu Jiayin has earned the ire of Chinese social media users after a letter he allegedly sent to employees leaked online on Tuesday. 

Fanning the flames: Evergrande founder Xu Jiayin, whose current net worth slightly dropped to $10.7 billion, angered people online after a letter he penned was shared on Weibo, reported Business Insider

South Korea is one of the world’s most innovative economies thanks to Hallyu

South Korea economy

Thanks to K-pop, IT and medical research, South Korea has now been deemed the fifth most innovative economy in the world. 

An innovator rises: South Korea was ranked in the top five of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021, according to a report published on Monday by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

‘Please forgive me’: Customers show love to taiyaki maker who admitted to putting ‘less filling’ in his products

taiyaki store gets support

Customers started pouring in to a store selling a traditional Japanese pastry known as “taiyaki” after its owner admitted to putting in less filling and had offered a sincere apology online. 

Heartfelt message to customers: Junya Hashimoto, the 45-year-old owner of “Taiyaki no Bunfukuya,” took to social media to apologize to buyers after he was forced to reduce the amount of filling in his pastries, reported SoraNews24

Bipartisan bill to give ‘Documented Dreamers’ path to citizenship blocked by Senate parliamentarian

documented dreamers bill citizenship blocked

A proposed bipartisan bill aimed at giving so-called “Documented Dreamers” a path to permanent residency hit a roadblock on Sunday after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against including immigration reforms in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion, 10-year spending plan

Rare bipartisan support: Last week, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled the “America’s Children Act” legislation that aims to grant children of long-term visa holders a means to apply for their own green card, the New York Times reported.

K-pop group BLACKPINK are the first Asian artists ever to be named SDG advocates by UN

UN appoints BLACKPINK

South Korean girl group BLACKPINK was recently appointed by the United Nations (UN) as an advocate for its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to “encourage young people to take #ClimateAction to protect the planet.”

SDG advocates in your area: The UN welcomed the popular K-pop group — composed of Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa — with a tweet on Saturday announcing the group members’ official appointment as SDG advocates by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 

BTS ARMY unites to #ProtectBTS from superfans mobbing the K-pop group’s NYC hotel

BTS ARMY are concerned

Fans of BTS — known as the BTS ARMY — are calling out those flocking to the hotel that the South Korean supergroup is staying at in New York. 

The SDG Moment: BTS, who have been designated South Korea’s “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture,” is in New York to attend the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Moment 2021 at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from Sept. 19-23, NextShark previously reported.