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UK seeks to hire Taiwanese teachers amid plan to phase out controversial Confucius Institutes

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  • A group of cross-party Members of Parliament, including Alicia Kearns, a Conservative MP, is currently in talks to hire new teachers from Taiwan as the U.K. government seeks to phase out Beijing-backed Chinese language known as Confucius Institutes.
  • The recent decision came after Kearns asked Taiwan to play a more significant role in teaching Mandarin in the U.K. as distrust over the Chinese Communist Party continues to grow.
  • Kearns, a member of the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, proposed a Higher Education Bill amendment in June. The amendment would allow British officials to close down Confucius Institute schools over concerns about academic freedom.
  • Speaking to Channel News Asia, Kearns explained that Confucius Institutes are under the CCP’s control and that they “do not teach accurate history,” a practice that "needs to end."

The United Kingdom is now looking to hire Taiwanese teachers as part of proposed plans to phase out its Beijing-backed Chinese language schools known as Confucius Institutes.

A group of cross-party Members of Parliament (MPs), including Conservative MP Alicia Kearns, is currently in talks to hire new teachers from Taiwan and replace Confucius Institutes in the U.K., according to The Observer.

Asian and Black patients in England wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white patients, study finds

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  • Based on an analysis of 126,000 cancer cases in England between 2006 and 2016, Asian and Black people are forced to wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white people.
  • Funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by the University of Exeter and the Guardian, the review covered the four most common cancers: lung, breast, prostate and colorectal, as well as three commonly diagnosed in ethnic minorities: esophagogastric, myeloma and ovarian.
  • In general, the median time for a white person to get diagnosed after first presenting symptoms to a general practitioner (GP) was 55 days. Asian people had to wait 60 days, while Black people had to wait 61 days.
  • The median wait time for white people to get a diagnosis for esophagogastric cancer was 53 days, while for Asian people it was 100 days, a wait time six weeks longer.
  • The median wait time for white people to get a diagnosis for myeloma was 93 days, while for Black people it was 127 days.

A recent analysis of the National Health Service’s database has revealed that Asian and Black people in England are forced to wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white people. 

Based on the NHS data review conducted by the University of Exeter and The Guardian, minority ethnic patients had to wait an extra six weeks to get diagnosed.

Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong call on British government to recognize ESEA Heritage Month

  • Actors Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong have called on the British government to officially recognize East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month. 
  • A campaign launched by beasea.n, Britain’s East and South East Asian network, sent a letter to the government requesting ESEA Heritage Month’s official recognition.
  • Several other celebrities, including comedian Phil Wang and “Harry Potter” actor Katie Leung, have also shown their support for the campaign.
  • Beasea.n first launched ESEA Heritage Month in September 2021.

Actors Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong have called upon the British government to officially recognize East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month.

In a campaign launched by the grassroots organization besea.n, Britain’s East and South East Asian Network, a letter was sent to the British government asking for ESEA Heritage Month to be officially recognized in the country. 

Pokémon take over London as Ed Sheeran welcomes fans to World Championships

  • Ed Sheeran and a Squirtle plushie greeted fans in a video kicking off the Pokémon World Championships on Thursday.
  • The event is being held in London, marking the first time it’s being held outside of North America and a return from a two-year pandemic hiatus.
  • The championships bring together competitive players skilled in the Pokémon trading card games, main series videogames and “Pokémon Unite.”
  • A special top hat Pikachu and Roserade were designed to commemorate the event.
  • Pokemon’s next main series games, “Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet” come out on Nov. 18.

The Pokémon World Championships kicked off on Thursday with a welcome video from star singer Ed Sheeran and his trusty Squirtle. 

In the video, Sheeran acknowledges that trainers from around the world “have traveled very very far and wide” for the event and wishes them luck. He says Squirtle wishes them luck too, and wraps up with “Trainer Ed, out.”

Korean restaurant chef in London kills co-worker over food prep skills

  • Li Hunan, a 60-year-old chef, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at a Korean restaurant in London on Aug. 15.
  • The two men were reportedly arguing about food preparations as Hunan questioned his coworker’s skills as a chef before the altercation turned physical.
  • Sung suffered two fatal stab wounds to the chest and slash wounds on his body.
  • Hunan was remanded in custody. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 4 for a plea hearing.

A chef at a Korean restaurant in London allegedly murdered his colleague due to his poor food preparation skills.

Li Hunan, 60, was charged with the murder of his colleague Il Sung, 58, at the Airang Korean restaurant in Poland Street, Soho, on Aug. 15.

PhD student in UK who masturbated to manga about young boys for research paper triggers investigation

  • The University of Manchester in England and peer-reviewed scientific journal Qualitative Research announced they are investigating the published paper written by Karl Andersson, a visual anthropologist and Ph.D. student, on April 26.
  • The paper, titled “I am not alone – we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan,” gave explicit, graphic details on how Andersson masturbated to Japanese comics depicting young boys for three months.
  • “In this research note, I will recount how I set up an experimental method of masturbating to shota comics, and how this participant observation of my own desire not only gave me a more embodied understanding of the topic for my research but also made me think about loneliness and ways to combat it as driving forces of the culture of self-published erotic comics,” Andersson wrote in the nearly 4,000-word paper.
  • Outrage soon spread online after a netizen on Mumsnet, a popular London-based internet forum for parents, shared the paper and called it a "PhD. in w*nking."
  • Several Twitter users also called out Andersson and those responsible for publishing the paper.
  • “Why should hard-working taxpayers in my constituency have to pay for an academic to write about his experiences masturbating to Japanese porn?” Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Neil O’Brien tweeted.

The University of Manchester in England and peer-reviewed scientific journal Qualitative Research have launched an investigation into a research paper written by a Ph.D. student who described how he masturbated to Japanese comics depicting young boys for three months.

Karl Andersson, a visual anthropologist and Ph.D. student at the University of Manchester, drew controversy last week after his research paper, titled “I am not alone – we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan,” began circulating on social media.

Stanford professors don’t remember alum Rishi Sunak, who could become UK’s next PM: report

  • Former U.K. chancellor and current conservative candidate Rishi Sunak, 42, could very well be Britain’s first person of color to be elected prime minister.
  • Sunak has cited his MBA experience at Stanford business school as life-changing in several speeches; however, very few Stanford Business School professors reportedly have any recollection of him, according to The Guardian, who reached out to a dozen professors and lecturers for their report.
  • The former U.K. chancellor stated in a business school lecture in London last year that Nobel prize-winning economist and Stanford professor Paul Romer was one of his “inspiring” professors.
  • Romer said in an interview, in contrast, that he has “no recollection of ever interacting with [Sunak].”
  • With approximately 400 students in each graduating class, former dean of the business school Robert Joss insisted that it was not possible to get to know everyone on a deep level.

Former U.K. chancellor and current conservative candidate Rishi Sunak could very well be Britain’s first person of color to be elected prime minister; however, very few of the Stanford business school professors Sunak has deemed “inspiring” reportedly have any recollection of him.

Sunak, 42, has cited his MBA experience at Stanford business school as life-changing in several speeches.

4 Vietnamese men identified as victims in Oldham mill fire in the UK

  • The Greater Manchester Police named four Vietnamese men who were believed to have been burned in the Bismark House Mill in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on May 7.
  • The victims include 39-year-old Cuong Van Chu, 31-year-old Uoc Van Nguyen, 29-year-old Duong Van Nguyen and 21-year-old Nam Thanh Le.
  • Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
  • Detectives are also “keeping an open mind with regards to how many people were present and their whereabouts.”

Four Vietnamese men reported missing in the United Kingdom were identified as victims of the Oldham mill fire in May. 

After a fire broke out at the Bismark House Mill in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on May 7, authorities initially believed that no one was in the building at the time of the fire. However, police began searching the mill after demolition workers discovered human remains at the scene on July 21.

UK government admits to forcibly deporting Chinese sailors who served the nation in WWII

  • An investigation conducted by the United Kingdom's Home Office revealed that Chinese sailors who served in the British Merchant Navy during World War II were forcibly deported.
  • Based on the findings of the 22-page report, sailors who had married and had children with women in Liverpool were deported without notice.
  • During the period, the Chinese sailors and other foreign men who married British women were not given a legal path or opportunity to live in the U.K.
  • The Home Office investigation comes over a year after a parliamentary debate on the matter was raised by opposition lawmaker Kim Johnson.
  • According to Johnson, the report “debunks the myth parroted by successive British governments that these repatriations were all voluntary. The conspiracy between the state and the shipping companies to maintain a cheap pool of labor along racial lines is in many ways the story of empire, and the story of Liverpool."

Chinese sailors who served in the United Kingdom’s Merchant Navy during World War II were forcibly deported by the government, its own Home Office has admitted in its investigation.

According to the department’s 22-page report about the deportations, some of the sailors who had built their families in Liverpool, England, were separated from their wives and children without warning. 

Three men who targeted Asian family, threatened to kill newborn in Wrexham home robbery are sentenced

  • Three men who targeted the home of Berinder Dhaliwal for a robbery in September 2020 in Wrexham, United Kingdom, have been sentenced in court.
  • One of the robbers brandished a screwdriver and threatened to kill her newborn baby if Dhaliwal did not tell them where her gold was hidden. The mother pointed the robbers to a jewelry box before they stole its contents and fled the scene.
  • The mother said she felt “persistent anxiety and insomnia” after the robbery in an April 2022 victim impact statement.
  • The suspects were identified as 22-year-old John Price, 23-year-old Scott Powell and 19-year-old Patrick Flynn. They all admitted to the charge of conspiring to commit robbery.
  • Price was sentenced to jail for seven and a half years, and Flynn was given six years and two months. Powell was sentenced for a year and nine months.

Three men were sentenced to jail for the robbery of a family’s home in Wrexham, United Kingdom.

The burglars entered the home of Berinder Dhaliwal by smashing through the glass patio doors just before 2:30 p.m. in September 2020. The men snatched Dhaliwal’s baby from her hands and stole the jewelry she was wearing, including her wedding ring.