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Unity March: First Asian American-led march on National Mall will bring together thousands

A historic first-ever multicultural march led by Asian Americans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to take place this week on June 25. 

The Unity March will bring together a coalition of over 50 nonprofit organizations representing various AAPI communities as well as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Arab and other historically marginalized groups in the U.S. to demand progress toward societal equity. 

KCON LA 2022 reveals second set of headliners

  • KCON LA have announced the second set of headliners for their 10thanniversary celebration.
  • The second round of headliners include Ateez, INI, JO1, Kep1er, Lightsum, Loona, NCT Dream and TO1.
  • KCON 2022 is a return to in-person KCON events after 2020 and 2021 were virtual only due to the pandemic.
  • KCON LA 2022 will run from August 19-21 at Crypto.com Arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The second set of headliners for KCON LA 2022 was finally revealed Tuesday by CJ ENM. 

Joining the first round of headliners announced last week for KCON LA 2022 are Loona, Kep1er, Lightsum, NCT Dream, Ateez, TO1, JO1 and INI. 

San Antonio teenager Harini Logan’s winning word for 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee is ‘moorhen’

  • Harini Logan, a 14-year-old Indian American from San Antonio, Texas, is the champion of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the first-ever spell-off.
  • Logan spelled 21 out of 26 words correctly, winning against Vikram Raju, 12, in a format that tested contestants in a 90-second speed round.
  • The eighth-grader took home a Scripps Cup trophy and a check for $50,000.
  • She previously placed 30th at the Scripps competition in 2019 and 31st in 2021.

Harini Logan is the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion after winning its first-ever spell-off.

The 14-year-old eighth-grader from San Antonio, Texas, claimed the Spelling Bee champion title along with a Scripps Cup trophy and a check for $50,000.

Itzy teases new comeback album ‘Checkmate’ and first world tour

  • Itzy announced the details of their July comeback, the mini-album “Checkmate” and their first world tour.
  • The mini-album will drop on July 15 and their tour will kick off with a two-night concert in Seoul on Aug. 6.
  • JYP Entertainment’s girl group will then head to eight cities across the U.S. starting with Los Angeles on Oct. 26 and finishing in New York City on Nov. 13.
  • Itzy’s last album was “Crazy in Love” with the title track “Loco.” Their last single was the Japanese release, “Voltage.”

K-pop girl group Itzy dropped a teaser image today detailing their upcoming July comeback and first world tour starting in August. 

The JYP Entertainment girl group will release new mini-album “Checkmate” on July 15 at 1 p.m. KST. Album teaser content in the form of photos and videos will arrive later this month, and track lists and music video teasers will be revealed in July. 

Jackson Wang, Rich Brian and Niki to headline 88rising’s 2022 Head in the Clouds festival

  • Asian-focused music company 88rising announced the lineup for its upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival yesterday.
  • Headlining the festival are Jackson Wang, Rich Brian and Niki.
  • The festival returns to Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.
  • 88rising is collaborating with GoldenVoice, which has helped put on Coachella, and 626 Night Market as the festival’s food curators.
  • Other artists performing at the festival include Joji (DJ set Yebi Labs), Jay Park, Bibi, Chung Ha, Milli, and a joint set of Audrey Nuna and Deb Never.

Asian-focused music company 88rising announced the lineup yesterday for its annual Head in the Clouds music festival, with Niki, Rich Brian and Jackson Wang as headliners.

The superstar-packed festival will also showcase 88rising artist Joji (DJ set Yebi Labs), Korean American rapper Jay Park, K-pop artist Chung Ha, Korean singer Bibi, Thai rapper Milli and a joint collaboration between Audrey Nuna and Deb Never, just to name a few. 

Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling among the API stars honored at Gold House’s inaugural Gold Gala

Gold House Gala API A100
  • Nonprofit collective Gold House honored several luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries during its first-ever Gold Gala held at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night.
  • The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” celebrated the stars on its A100 list, which features “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”
  • Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan presented Mindy Kaling with the A100 Legend award for the latter’s “lifelong dedication to creating and embodying affirming API characters and content.”
  • Michelle Yeoh, an A100 Legend, became the first-ever recipient of the SeeHer award for “defying gender stereotypes throughout her career.”
  • Actors Gemma Chan and Kelly Marie Tran, musician H.E.R., K-pop girl group Blackpink, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, Block CFO Amrita Ahuja, Instagram’s Eva Chen and Bain & Company’s Manny Maceda were inducted into Gold House’s Hall of Fame.

Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling and other luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries walked the red carpet in Downtown Los Angeles as nonprofit collective Gold House honored its annual list of A100 inductees at its first-ever Gold Gala.

The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” was hosted on Saturday night at Vibiana in collaboration with Meta. Several attendees were featured on Gold House’s A100 list, which celebrates “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”

Chinese Eastern plane crash that killed 132 people was likely intentional, report says

  • The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that occurred in March and resulted in the death of nine crew members and 123 passengers may have been deliberate, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • Data from a black box discovered at the crash site reportedly indicates that someone in the cockpit intentionally plunged the aircraft.
  • It remains to be seen whether the alleged action was committed by a pilot or a passenger.
  • Chinese authorities have reportedly not found any mechanical or flight control issues. The flight was declared to have passed safety requirements prior to takeoff and did not appear to encounter bad weather.
  • Meanwhile, China Eastern denied the possibility of an intrusion, claiming that no one on the plane declared an emergency before the crash.
  • Investigation into the incident continues, with a focus on the actions of the crew members on the flight deck.

The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that occurred in March and resulted in the death of nine crew members and 123 passengers may have been deliberate, according to a new report.

Passengers flying on a Boeing 737-800 during flight MU5735 were en route from Kunming, Yunnan Province, to Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on March 21. Their plane suddenly dropped from a cruising altitude of around 29,200 feet and crashed into a mountain in southern China shortly after 2:20 p.m.

Simu Liu and Tesher take over Juno Awards stage with rousing bhangra dance to ‘Jalebi Baby’

Simu Liu Juno Awards
  • Simu Liu showed off his bhangra moves to the hit song “Jalebi Baby” during the 51st Juno Awards at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Sunday.
  • The Marvel star opened the evening with his powerful “I am Canadian” speech before artists such as Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne and even Liu himself performed.
  • He then joined Indian Canadian singer-rapper Tesher onstage and stunned fans with a Punjabi-style bhangra dance sequence.
  • The excitement even went beyond the stage. Liu and Tesher’s performance captured the hearts of several South Asian fans, inciting discussions on social media about how Canadian the whole performance was.
  • “Now that’s how we celebrate Asian Heritage Month,” Liu said at the end of the performance.

Simu Liu showed off his bhangra moves while dancing to Tesher’s “Jalebi Baby” at the 51st Juno Awards on Sunday.

Following a three-year hiatus of in-person celebrating, the Juno Awards returned this past weekend with audience members crowding outside the Budweiser Stage in Toronto as they awaited an exciting lineup of award recipients. 

Mayor Adams announces New York City’s first-ever annual AAPI Cultural and Heritage Parade

AAPI Cultural and Heritage Parade New York
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade to be held in Manhattan on May 15.
  • The parade, in honor of AAPI Heritage month, will begin at 10:45 a.m. on 6th Avenue and will head north from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.
  • The celebration highlights the Big Apple as the home of the second-largest AAPI population in the U.S. and will pay tribute to the Asian community amid the wave of anti-Asian attacks and hate crimes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The event will take place the day after the city’s first Japan Day parade at Manhattan’s Central Park West.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade will be held in Manhattan this weekend.

The parade, which will honor AAPI Heritage month, is set for this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and is expected to travel up 6th Avenue from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ gets London stage play adaptation produced by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi

My Neighbor Totoro stage play
  • Studio Ghibli and Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature film “My Neighbor Totoro” to the stage starting on October 8.
  • The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks at The Barbican Theatre in London until Jan. 21, 2023.
  • Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi will serve as the stage play’s executive producer and will collaborate with playwright Tom Morton-Smith, stage director Phelim McDermott and set designer Tom Pye, among others.
  • Hisaishi, who has composed several iconic scores for Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” shared that Miyazaki only agreed to bring the classic anime to the world of theater if the composer was involved in the project.
  • “I was involved with the original animation film, and so I feel strongly about not harming the film,” the Japanese composer said.
  • Set in Japan in the 1950s, “My Neighbor Totoro” follows the story of two young siblings who move from Tokyo to the countryside. There, they meet several spirits and magical creatures, including the ancient protector of the forest who they call Totoro.

The beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “My Neighbor Totoro” is coming to the stage in London this October with the blessing of its legendary creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Set to make its debut at The Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, the stage adaptation of “My Neighbor Totoro” is being developed by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in partnership with Studio Ghibli. The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks until Jan. 21, 2023.

Pacific Grove looks to issue apology for ‘Feast of Lanterns’ festival, historical racism and violence

Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns
  • The Pacific Grove City Council is preparing an apology for its Feast of Lanterns, an annual event criticized for appropriating Chinese culture.
  • The festival, during which mostly white participants dress up in Asian stereotype costumes, was officially canceled by the council this year.
  • Pacific Grove's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Board drafted an apology letter after consulting 40 members of the Asian community.
  • Community members hope the apology will be approved and signed by Mayor Bill Peake in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

Local officials in Pacific Grove, California, are preparing an apology to the Chinese community for their controversial Feast of Lanterns annual celebration.

The yearly event, during which mostly white participants dress up in Asian stereotype costumes, was officially canceled by the council this year after continued criticism alleging cultural appropriation of Chinese culture.