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Meghan Markle discusses ‘toxic’ stereotyping of Asian women on podcast with Lisa Ling, Margaret Cho

  • Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle discussed the “toxic” stereotyping of Asian women in the latest episode of her podcast, “Archetypes.”
  • Along with journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho, Markle broke down the trope of the “dragon lady” and criticized films such as “Austin Powers” and “Kill Bill,” which presented caricatures of women of Asian descent as “oversexualized or aggressive.”
  • Cho and Ling shared their struggles and experiences of growing up as Asian American women in the U.S.

Joined by journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle discussed the “toxic” stereotyping of Asian women on her podcast, “Archetypes.” 

In Markle’s latest podcast episode, “The Demystification of Dragon Lady,” she broke down the trope of the “dragon lady,” a term coined in the 1930s to describe East Asian women who were powerful, sexual and domineering. 

David Louie, one of the Bay Area’s first Asian American TV reporters, retires after 50 years

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  • Asian American TV reporter David Louie has retired after 50 years of working at ABC7 in San Francisco.
  • He was one of the first Asian American journalists to be hired by a TV news outlet in the Bay Area, and has been on air the longest.
  • Over the years, Louie took on many of the Bay Area’s biggest stories, including the Loma Prieta earthquake, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, the 9/11 attack in Washington, DC, and the 1976 Chowchilla Kidnapping.
  • ABC7 news anchors Kristen Sze and Dan Ashley recalled Louie’s kindness and impact throughout the years in an on-air tribute.

Asian American TV reporter David Louie has marked the end of his 50-year career at ABC7 in San Francisco.

Louie, who became a trailblazer for Asian American journalists, celebrated his retirement at the Ferry Plaza’s Wine Merchant with his colleagues on Wednesday. 

Netflix announces new live-action ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ cast members

  • Netflix has announced a bevy of new additions to the cast of their live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series.
  • An impressive list of familiar faces is joining previously announced cast members in Netflix’s adaptation of the popular animated series, which showrunner Albert Kim described as “a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.”
  • New members of each nation include Amber Midthunder, Danny Pudi and Hiro Kanagawa.
  • Inhabiting the Spirit World are George Takei as the voice of Koh and Randall Duk Kim as the voice of Wan Shi Tong.

Netflix announced on Tuesday a bevy of new additions to the cast of their live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series.

An impressive list of familiar faces is joining previously announced cast members in Netflix’s adaptation of the popular animated series, which showrunner Albert Kim described as “a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.”

First trailer released for new M. Night Shyamalan horror film ‘Knock at the Cabin’

  • The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film “Knock at the Cabin” has been released.
  • In the clip, a girl and her parents on vacation in a remote cabin are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an ominous “horrible decision” to prevent the end of the world.
  • The cast includes Dave Bautista (“Dune”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton”), Ben Aldridge (“Fleabag”), Nikki Amuka-Bird (“Persuasion”), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (“Little Women”) and Rupert Grint (the “Harry Potter” franchise).
  • The film is based on the 2018 horror novel “The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul G. Tremblay.
  • “Knock at the Cabin” will be released in theaters on Feb. 3, 2023.

Dave Bautista proves he can flex his acting chops just as much as his muscles in the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film “Knock at the Cabin.”

The film, based on the 2018 horror novel “The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul G. Tremblay, sees a girl and her parents on vacation in a remote cabin taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand the family make an ominous “horrible decision” to prevent the end of the world.

‘Squid Game’ creator introducing new game mechanisms for Season 2

  • The creator of “Squid Game” will reportedly be introducing new game mechanisms for Season 2 of the series.
  • The new mechanism for the games is called “Cheol-su,” and is described to be the “boyfriend” of the giant doll seen in the first season’s “Red Light, Green Light” game.
  • The creator reportedly put in “a lot of effort” and “struggled” to select the final games.
  • Filming for the new season will begin in 2023, and a purported release window for the anticipated second season is set for 2024.

In anticipation of “Squid Game” Season 2, the creator has reportedly created a new game mechanism called “Cheol-su.”

Confirming details revealed in June, South Korean news outlet Moonhwa Ilbo reported on Wednesday that Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of “Squid Game,” is implementing a new game mechanism called “Cheol-su.” The new mechanism has been described as the “boyfriend” of Young-hee, the giant doll seen in the “Red Light, Green Light” game in the series’ first season.

Nintendo releases ‘Bayonetta 3’ gameplay trailer

  • Nintendo released a new eight-minute gameplay trailer for “Bayonetta 3” on Tuesday.
  • The trailer shows off a number of new mechanics, such as summoning and transforming into “infernal demons.”
  • “Bayonetta 3” also introduces a new playable character: the sword-wielding, “mysterious witch-in-training,” Viola.
  • Viola can summon her own infernal demon, a cat named Cheshire, with which she fights alongside barehanded.
  • “Bayonetta 3” will be available on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 28.

Nintendo released a new eight-minute gameplay trailer for “Bayonetta 3” during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday, nearly five years after its official release trailer.

“[Bayonetta will] fight to protect the world from the sudden invasion of man-made bioweapons called Homunculi,” Nintendo said of the third installment. Characters from the previous games that are confirmed to appear in the sequel include the journalist Luka and fellow Umbra witch Jeanne.

Tony Leung named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at Busan International Film Festival

  • Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the Busan International Film Festival.
  • Leung will collect his award at the event’s opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
  • The festival will open with a screening of “Scent of the Wind” by Hagi Mohaghegh and close with “A Man” from Japan’s Ishikawa Kei.
  • Leung is well known for his role in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “In the Mood for Love.”

Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named the Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Leung, who is known for his roles in films such as the 2000 romance “In the Mood for Love,” and most recently Marvel’s 2021 film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” will be honored at the BIFF with a six-film showcase titled “In the Mood for Tony Leung.”

‘Asian takeover!’: Simu Liu and Jimmy O. Yang share dim sum on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

  • Simu Liu guest-hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for the first time on Wednesday and poked fun at the Kardashians, Kevin Hart and other public figures.
  • The Chinese Canadian actor mocked celebrities for using too much water during a drought while taking a jab at former president Donald Trump.
  • Liu interviewed Hong Kong-born comedian Jimmy O. Yang and actor Mandy Moore.
  • Kimmel’s sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez also learned some superhero moves.

Canadian Chinese actor Simu Liu guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel for the first time on Wednesday night and interviewed Hong Kong-born comedian Jimmy O. Yang, who declared “an Asian takeover” while backstage.

Liu first interviewed Hong Kong-born American actor Yang, who brought dim sum for Liu to eat and shared a story about the time when his father embarrassed him at a movie premiere. He also talked about his role in the Netflix original series “Space Force” and recalled his experiences working with Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg on their newest film “Me Time.”

NBC mistakenly shows South Korean flags in report on former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s assassination

  • On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.
  • As an anchor reported the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.
  • As the reporter transitioned to a conversation about gun laws in Japan, the background changed to a clip of five South Korean flags blowing in the wind.
  • Twitter users were quick to shame NBC for its inaccurate flag choice.

On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.

As an anchor narrated the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.

Sponsored ‘Asian mail-order bride’ ads removed from Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage

  • Asian mail-order bride advertisements were removed from the Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage in the Asian American community.
  • On Friday, the Austin Chronicle — a local, independent newspaper — issued a public apology stating that the “offensive sponsored post” had been removed from their website.
  • “Going forward,” they added, “we will not host any mail-order bride sponsored ads, and we will be having vigorous internal conversations about past and future sponsored posts.”
  • The Austin Chronicle is not the only newspaper to have recently featured Asian brides. Last year, SFWeekly promoted Filipino wives who “actually enjoy housework.”

Asian mail-order bride advertisements were removed from the Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage in the Asian American community.

On Friday, the Austin Chronicle, a local, independent newspaper, issued a public apology stating that the “offensive sponsored post” had been removed from their website. 

Blackpink becomes the first Asian girl group to be featured on Rolling Stone cover

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  • Korean girl group Blackpink has officially made history as the first all-Asian female group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • “[Blackpink] is Rolling Stone’s June cover star,” the magazine tweeted. “The world's biggest girl group give their most revealing interview yet about how they make music, deal with the demands of stardom, became family, and more.”
  • The four-member group also became the third all-female band to be featured on the magazine’s cover after the Spice Girls and Destiny's Child.

Korean girl group Blackpink has officially made history as the first all-Asian female group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The news, which was teased as a huge Blackpink x Rolling Stone project over the weekend, was announced via Twitter at 5 a.m. PDT and 8 a.m. EDT on Monday.

Majority of Republicans believe immigrants ‘hurt the country and make it a worse place to live,’ says poll

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  • The majority of Republicans believe immigrants are hurting the country, according to a new survey conducted by Fox News.
  • The poll asked participants: “In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?”
  • According to the survey, 71% of Democrats and only 22% of Republicans believe that immigrants “help the country and make it a better place to live.”
  • Meanwhile, 59% of Republicans and only 21% of Democrats said they believe immigrants “hurt the country and make it a worse place to live.”
  • Among Republican respondents, 64% of women and 54% of men indicated that immigrants hurt the country.
  • The poll was jointly developed by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research and interviewed 1,003 registered voters.

A recent survey conducted by Fox News indicates the majority of Republicans have negative views of immigrants.

In the new poll, jointly developed by Democratic political data firm Beacon Research and Republican polling firm Shaw & Company Research, participants were asked, “In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?”