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Trump calls Elaine Chao ‘Coco Chow’ in latest attack on Mitch McConnell

  • Former President Donald Trump called Elaine Chao “Coco Chow” in his latest attack on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a rant on Friday.
  • Trump posted his rant on Truth Social, a social media platform created by Trump Media & Technology Group in 2021.
  • “Is McConnell approving all of these trillions of dollars worth of Democrat-sponsored bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the fake and highly destructive green new deal, and is willing to take the country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable," Trump wrote.
  • “He has a DEATH WISH," Trump continued. “Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!"
  • The recent attack came after President Joe Biden signed a bill before the midnight deadline that would keep the government funded through mid-December and prevent a partial shutdown.

Former President Donald Trump referred to Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as “Coco Chow” in a rant after the Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent a government shutdown.

The attack on McConnell and Chao came on Friday after President Joe Biden signed a bill before the midnight deadline that would keep the government funded through mid-December and prevent a partial shutdown.

GOP Rep. Michelle Steel sends out fliers falsely depicting Democratic rival Jay Chen holding ‘The Communist Manifesto’

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  • In support of GOP Rep. Michelle Steel's (R, CA-48) upcoming re-election for California’s 45th district, “red-baiting” fliers were sent out by her campaign to the Vietnamese American community in Orange County.
  • Previously part of the 48th district, a new 45th congressional district was created during the redrawing of district boundaries last year.
  • The fliers feature a doctored image of Steel’s Democrat rival, Jay Chen, in a classroom holding Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” alongside other communist figures: Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin and Ho Chi Minh.
  • The flier’s depiction of Chen is expected to boost Steel’s campaign due to the ingrained opposition to communism held by many in the AAPI community.

California GOP Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) and her campaign reportedly funded and created “red-baiting” fliers targeting her Democratic opponent, Jay Chen.

Steel currently represents California’s 48th District in her first term. Born in South Korea, Steel made her mark by being one of the first Korean American women to serve in Congress. Like many other Asian American immigrants, Steel immigrated to the United States to achieve the supposed “American Dream.”

Trump’s self-described ‘love letters’ to Kim Jong-un seized from Mar-a-lago have been published

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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former U.S. President Donald Trump were essentially penpals between April 2018 and August 2019, exchanging letters that Trump often described as “love letters.”
  • On Sunday, The Korus Journal, by nonprofit Korean-American Club, published 27 personal letters exchanged between Kim and Trump.
  • Kim sent two letters in September 2018, in which he indicated his desire to personally discuss with Trump a potential denuclearization of North Korea.
  • “The most important cause of what your side considers the headache of ‘missile threats’ and nuclear problem is the military actions of your side and the South Korean military that threatens our safety,” Kim wrote. “And until these elements are eliminated, no changed outcome can be anticipated.”
  • The two leaders exchanged letters actively for about a year, halting only after their second summit in Hanoi failed to make progress.
  • “As of now, it is very difficult for me and my people to understand the decision and behavior of you and South Korean authorities,” read Kim’s letter, dated Aug. 5, 2019.

Letters exchanged between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former U.S. President Donald Trump between April 2018 and August 2019 have recently been published. 

Korean-American Club, a nonprofit composed of South Korean journalists from different news agencies, published 27 personal letters exchanged between Kim and Trump in the latest issue of its magazine, The Korus Journal.

‘There remains much work to do’: Biden’s Advisory Commission on AANHPI releases inaugural report

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  • U.S. President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) released its inaugural report and held its third public meeting this week.
  • The inaugural report, which was sent to Biden on Aug. 24, presents more than a dozen recommendations in six key areas: (1) belonging, inclusion, anti-Asian hate and anti-discrimination; (2) health equity; (3) immigration and citizenship status; (4) language access; (5) data disaggregation and (6) economic equity.
  • The third public meeting, which was held on Wednesday, saw the 25-member commission discuss full and draft recommendations.
  • Co-chaired by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, the commission is tasked with advising the president on how the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice and opportunity for AANHPI communities.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) released its inaugural report and held its third public meeting this week.

Launched last December under Executive Order 14031, the 25-member commission is tasked with advising the president on how the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice and opportunity for AANHPI communities. It is co-chaired by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai.

Chinese American chef called a ‘communist’ after landing in top 3 in primary election

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  • An Asian American chef running for city council in Lexington, Kentucky, is speaking out against a campaign against his candidacy, which has called the new politician a “Communist.”
  • Dan Wu, 48, writes in an opinion piece in the Lexington Herald-Leader that two photos of him resurfaced on social media trying to accuse him of having ties with Communists.
  • The first photo was reportedly taken seven years ago at an army surplus store where he saw a Soviet flag in-person for the first time.
  • He says the second photo was taken nine years ago.
  • “I am not a communist, nor have I ever been a communist,” Wu wrote on Facebook.

A Chinese American chef running for city council in Lexington, Kentucky, is speaking out against a campaign against his candidacy, which has called the new politician a “communist.”

Dan Wu, 48, who finished second in the May primary, claims in an opinion piece in the Lexington Herald-Leader that two photos of him resurfaced on social media along with accusations he has communist ties.

New bill would give relief to Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation

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  • The Southeast Asian Deportation Relief Act would allow judges to grant relief to those with prior convictions who are also facing deportation.
  • About 15,000 Southeast Asians in the U.S. have final removal orders, according to the Southeast Asian Freedom Network.
  • If passed, the bill would limit the Department of Homeland Security’s control over the deportation of people from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos who came to the U.S. before 2008.
  • It would give permanent authorization of employment for individuals who have a final order of removal.
  • The bill would also end in-person Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency check-ins.

A new bill hoping to end the deportation of noncitizens convicted of certain crimes was introduced on Tuesday.

The Southeast Asian Deportation Relief Act would allow judges to grant relief to those with prior convictions who are also facing deportation.

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.

‘Hate has no place in America’: Biden meets hate crime survivors at White House summit

  • President Joe Biden met several hate crime survivors and the relatives of mass shooting victims during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
  • Among those invited was Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent attack in New York City on March 29, 2021.
  • Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, founded AAP(I belong) following the incident. The nonprofit organization was established as a “place to share stories and words of encouragement from those who have encountered anti-Asian hatred.”
  • “As President Biden and his administration are calling for an end to hate fueled violence in our country, they had asked my mom to join a panel to share her story as a survivor and her thoughts of how we can overcome hate,” Elizabeth wrote in AAP(I belong)’s recent Instagram post.

President Joe Biden recently met several hate crime survivors – including Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent incident in New York City – during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.

The recent summit was hosted to “counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety” and honor “the resilience of communities who are healing from hateful attacks, including mass shootings, from Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond,” the White House said.

Biden signs order to block Chinese investment in US tech

  • U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that strengthens a regulatory committee’s powers to oversee foreign investments in the U.S.
  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review and ensuring its responsiveness to “evolving national security threats.”
  • The order directs CFIUS to review the sectors of microelectronics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and biomanufacturing, quantum computing, advanced clean energy and climate adaptation technologies, which all happen to be areas of focus in China’s “Made in China 2025” plan.
  • It also instructs the committee to review cybersecurity risks posed by foreign investments that may threaten national security.
  • The order marks the first time since the establishment of CFIUS that a president has laid out risks that the committee must consider across transactions.

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that fortifies a regulatory committee’s powers to screen foreign investments in the U.S., many of which included Chinese shares in tech in recent years.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975 under the Ford administration, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review, as well as regularly evaluating its processes, practices and regulations to ensure that they “remain responsive to evolving national security threats.”

Vancouver election chief asks court to ban names in Chinese, other non-Latin characters from ballots

  • Vancouver’s Chief Election Officer Rosemary Hagiwara filed a court application on Tuesday to keep 15 candidates from using names with non-Latin characters on the ballot papers for the municipal election on Oct. 15.
  • Hagiwara’s affidavit named 10 respondents in total from the Non-Partisan Association (NPA), two from Vision Vancouver and one each from Forward Together and COPE who she deemed are not eligible to use Chinese, Persian or other non-Latin characters on the paper ballots.
  • The hearing for the case, initially set by the provincial court in Robson Square on Thursday, has been adjourned to Friday morning.
  • While the city has committed to comply with any court ruling, it noted that regardless of the decision on the non-Latin characters, none of the candidates will be disqualified.
  • Vision Vancouver expressed dismay over the potential removal of the “unique and usual names” printed in non-Latin characters of both school board trustee Allan Wong and council candidate Honieh Barzegari from ballot papers.

A court application filed by Vancouver’s chief election officer is aiming to keep candidates from using names with non-Latin characters on the ballots in the upcoming municipal election. 

On Tuesday, Rosemary Hagiwara named 15 candidates in her application who she deemed ineligible to use Chinese, Persian or other non-Latin characters on the paper ballots.

‘She-Hulk’ star Jameela Jamil opens up about her abortion amid GOP’s proposed national ban

  • British actor Jameela Jamil recently commented on the bill introduced by politician Lindsey Graham (R, SC) on Tuesday that seeks to ban abortions following 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.
  • Speaking on “The View,” Jamil, 36, said she was “horrified by it,” adding, “I'm deeply saddened. It's such a personal thing."
  • She also opened up about a previous abortion during her appearance on the show, explaining that she needed to have one after the condom she was using broke.
  • “I took the morning after pill within six hours, which is way before the end of when you're supposed to take it,” Jamil explained. “And because I was over 175 pounds, it didn't work on me. And the pharmacist didn't tell me that. That's not general knowledge: if you're over a certain weight, it's less effective."

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” star Jameela Jamil recently opened up about a previous abortion and commented on politician Lindsey Graham (R, SC) introducing a bill that seeks to ban abortions following 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.

Speaking on “The View” on Wednesday, Jamil, 36, commented on the Republican Party’s latest efforts to establish a nationwide abortion ban, mainly Graham’s bill introduced on Tuesday that bans abortion in the U.S. except for cases of incest and rape, among others.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn says China part of ‘New Axis of Evil’ in op-ed supporting Taiwan independence

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  • In an opinion piece released Friday, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) condemned the actions of the Chinese Communist Party and called the country the “New Axis of Evil.”
  • Blackburn was part of a late-August congressional delegation to Taiwan, which followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s earlier trip to the island.
  • Blackburn stated that “it [is] abundantly clear that the leaders in Taiwan want the United States and our allies to stand with them.”
  • To conclude her piece, Blackburn proposed legislation to strengthen supply chains and relationships and vowed to defend democracy.

Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) latest opinion piece clarifies her position in support of Taiwan’s independence against China’s “mission for dominance.”

In an op-ed titled “We must stand with Taiwan” published in The Tullahoma News, Blackburn condemned the actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and said the country was “at the helm of the New Axis of Evil.”