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Former Los Angeles Times editor Henry Fuhrmann dies at age 65

  • Henry Fuhrmann, former editor of the Los Angeles Times famous for fighting for grammatical equity, died on Wednesday. He was 65.
  • Fuhrmann led the charge to eliminate the usage of hyphens in ethnic titles, which he found to be derogatory and divisive.
  • In 2019, his efforts paid off when the Associated Press dropped the usage of hyphens for its style guide to widespread fanfare.
  • Other social justice-minded linguistic shifts that Fuhrman has championed throughout his career include a change from the use of “transvestite” to “transgender” as well as challenging the usage of “internment” to describe WWII-era Japanese Americans.
  • In the editing room, Fuhrmann was well-respected for displaying compassion and accountability in such a fast-paced and high-stakes environment.

Henry Fuhrmann, former editor of the Los Angeles Times famous for fighting for grammatical equity, died on Wednesday. He was 65.

Described by others as the “hyphen killer” and himself as a “word nerd,” Fuhrmann led the charge to eliminate the usage of hyphens in ethnic titles like “Asian-American” and “African-American.” While overlooked by many, Fuhrmann found the construction to be derogatory and divisive. 

Meet 98-year-old George Woo, a last living member of the Flying Tigers’ Chinese American Composite Wing

Editor’s note: Edward Woo, one of George Woo’s children, spoke on behalf of his father for this exclusive interview with NextShark.

On the Fourth of July in 1942 — nearly seven months after Imperial Japan shocked Pearl Harbor — the first American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Republic of China Air Force, otherwise known as the Flying Tigers, disbanded.

‘Nope’ star Steven Yeun on touching ‘the unknown’ when it comes to picking roles in Hollywood

  • Actor Steven Yeun sat down with NextShark to talk about his latest role as showman Ricky “Jupe” Park in the film “Nope,” as well as breaking the limits of what it means to be an Asian American in Hollywood.
  • The Korean American actor first gained widespread popularity for playing Glenn Rhee in AMC’s hit zombie show “The Walking Dead.”
  • He starred in and executive produced “Minari” in 2020, which led to him becoming the first Asian American to receive a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars.
  • He states that Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Jordan Peele (2017’s “Get Out” and 2019’s “Us”) was the “catalyst” that influenced him to jump aboard his latest project.
  • Yeun also mentions that while he is Asian American, this does not fully define all of him: “I’m only here to define who I am, and I think sometimes that clashes with the way in which the community might want to be seen, but I wonder if it starts with seeing ourselves and pushing past a lot of boundaries that get placed upon us.”

Actor Steven Yeun sat down with NextShark in an exclusive interview to talk about his latest role as showman Ricky “Jupe” Park in the film “Nope,” as well as breaking the limits of what it means to be an Asian American in Hollywood.

While discussing the recently released film, Yeun tells fans to “expect a really fun ride. It’s going to be thrilling, it’s going to be scary, it’s going to be fun.” 

Meet Eric Bauza, the Filipino Canadian voice actor behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and probably your other faves too

Eric Bauza confides to me over Zoom that voice acting is not about speaking in zany dialects or crafting kooky cadences – it’s simply about delivering a convincing performance.

It isn’t until the prolific voice actor pulls one of his most iconic impressions from his magician’s hat of vocal impressions that he truly illustrates his point.

Hmong American journalist Chenue Her honors immigrant parents for putting him, 4 siblings through college

  • Chenue Her is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by dedicating his and his four siblings’ accomplishments to their Hmong parents.
  • The first Hmong male newscaster in the U.S. honored his mom Yia and his dad Seng in a Twitter thread following his younger sister’s graduation from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • Her’s parents immigrated to the U.S. after living in Thailand refugee camps in the early 1980s.
  • He told NextShark that he grew up in a strict household where education was a high priority.
  • The journalist remembers his parents sacrificing a lot and working day and night, sometimes on weekends, just to be able to send their children to school.

Hmong American journalist Chenue Her is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month by dedicating his and his four siblings’ accomplishments to their immigrant parents.

Chenue Her, who became the first Hmong male newscaster in the U.S. when he joined “Good Morning Iowa” in Des Moines, Iowa, honored his mom Yia and his dad Seng in a Twitter thread following his younger sister’s graduation from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

‘This Asian face’: The artist behind the #StopAsianHate illustrations

Jonathan Chang
  • Jonathan Chang, a Taiwanese designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, is the creator behind iconic portraits of anti-Asian hate crime victims that were shown on billboards in Times Square during Michelle Go’s candlelight vigil.
  • The illustrator says he wanted to honor his subjects while raising awareness about the violence AAPI communities have recently faced.
  • He continues to document the Asian lives lost due to racism and hate. His viral portraits of many victims (deceased and surviving) can be seen in rallies and all across social media and publications.
  • “I hope people can focus on the victims and know that these are all real people, and it could have been any one of us,” Chang said.

As the only Asian kid in class, a young Jonathan Chang, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan at the age of 3, felt out of place.

At 10 years old, he figured that slowly replacing parts of himself would make him less different. When he couldn’t understand the cartoons shown on American television, his frustration pushed him to spend more time watching them. He would watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” over and over until English words rolled off of his tongue like it was his first. 

Nintendo’s Masayuki Uemura, creator of the NES and SNES, dies at 78

masayaki uemura

Masayuki Uemura, the lead architect behind the creation of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the accompanying Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) passed away at the age of 78 on Dec. 6.

Revolutionary: Uemura pioneered two consoles that would contribute to the revival of a declining home video game industry, and it all started from what he thought was a joke from his boss.

Hyun Sook Han, adoption trailblazer who helped connect Korean adoptees and families, dies at 83

Remebering Hyun Sook Han

A Korean social worker who dedicated her life to helping build families through international adoption has died at 83.

What happened: Hyun Sook Han, affectionately known by friends and family as Mrs. Han, passed away from kidney cancer in her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 5, according to The New York Times. Her funeral was attended by a crowd of adoptees and parents whom she helped during her service to her community.

Everything you need to know about ‘Squid Game’ star Wi Ha-jun to leave you satisfied

Wi Ha-joon profile

Warning: Contains spoilers

Netflix’s “Squid Game” has audiences captivated by the show’s take on childhood games with a deadly twist. As 456 players compete for the ultimate cash prize, police detective Hwang Jun-ho begins to unravel the sinister organization behind it all. The actor who plays him, Wi Ha-jun, is among many members of the show’s cast that have risen to global popularity along with the show. 

South Korean superstar in ‘Squid Game’ once said Hollywood actors would avoid eye contact with him

Warning: Contains spoilers

Prior to the release of Netflix’s global hit “Squid Game,” Lee Byung-hun, who plays the Front Man, was already one of South Korea’s top actors. And while the show has dominated Netflix’s streaming charts in over 90 countries, including the U.S., reaching international stardom wasn’t an easy journey for Lee, who revealed only six years ago that some Hollywood actors wouldn’t even look him in the eyes because of his race. 

‘Squid Game’ actress went from 400k followers to 9 million in two weeks

Jung Ho-yeon Squid Game

Amid all the gruesome and disturbing yet brilliantly made scenes in the global hit K-drama “Squid Game” shines one breakout star that fans just can’t seem to get over. Playing the role of North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok in her first-ever acting gig, Jung Ho-yeon has risen to international fame as the series tops Netflix’s most-watched list around the world. 

Before the series premiered on Sept. 17, the 27-year-old had already made a name for herself in the modeling industry. She began her career in 2013 as a participant in another cutthroat, yet far less deadly competition, “Korea’s Next Top Model,” where she finished in second place. Soon after, she made appearances at Seoul Fashion Week before working her way up to the international scene.