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Celebrity doctor calls out British Curry Awards for lack of Asian representation

  • Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh, 43, called out this year's British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.
  • “When the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90% white, are we really representing our community fairly?” Singh pointed out in a tweet on Monday.
  • “And to top it off we have a racist joke on stage, and are auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill, whose relationship with India (and Bengali people specifically) is problematic?” he continued.
  • In another tweet, Singh shared a paraphrased version of the guest presenter’s racist joke, writing, “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”
  • Singh did not give further details about who delivered the joke at the event, but he clarified that it was not Hugh Dennis, the event's host.

Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh has called out this year’s British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.

Singh, 43, attended the prestigious award show, also known as the “Curry Oscars,” in London as a guest on Monday night.

2 men charged with hate crimes for back-to-back anti-Asian incidents in Washington state

  • A pair of men have been charged with hate crimes in connection with two separate anti-Asian incidents in Washington state earlier this month.
  • William D. Simonson was charged with second-degree attempted assault and a hate crime after allegedly shoving a 16-year-old Asian girl into traffic while yelling anti-Asian slurs in Bellevue on Nov. 3.
  • Anthony J. Ransford was charged with second-degree assault and a hate crime after making anti-Asian remarks and headbutting an Asian student and breaking his nose in Seattle on Nov. 8.
  • The incidents were brought to light by independent journalist Jonathan Choe, who himself received anti-Asian remarks last week from a woman he was trying to interview after she was filmed hurling anti-Asian comments at a Seattle gas station.

A pair of men have been charged with hate crimes in connection with two separate anti-Asian incidents in Washington state earlier this month.

The first incident occurred in Bellevue on Nov. 3 and involved a 16-year-old Asian girl, according to court documents obtained by independent journalist Jonathan Choe. The suspect, identified as William D. Simonson, allegedly shoved the victim into a moving vehicle at a busy intersection.

NY career criminal sentenced to 17.5 years for punching Asian senior 125 times

  • Tammel Esco, 42, has received a 17.5-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to brutally attacking a senior Asian woman in Yonkers, New York, in March.
  • The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, saw Esco punch the helpless senior more than 125 times, stomp on her seven times and spit on her.
  • Prior to the attack, Esco called the victim an “Asian bitch.”
  • After serving his prison term, Esco — who has 14 prior arrests — will be on a five-year supervised release.
  • The victim, who attended the sentencing hearing, said she will “forever be on edge” due to the incident.

Tammel Esco, the man filmed brutally beating a senior Asian woman at a New York apartment in March, received a 17.5-year prison sentence on Tuesday.

Esco, 42, pleaded guilty in September to the charge of first-degree assault as a hate crime in connection with the incident. His lengthy prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Woman filmed going on racist tirade against Asian woman refuses to apologize, doubles down on ‘n-word’ claim

  • Ladonna Richie, the woman involved in a verbal altercation with a Taiwanese American TikTok user identified as Stephanie, has refused to apologize for spewing racial slurs at her outside a gas station in Seattle.
  • In an interview with advocacy group Black and Asian Souls Unite (BAASU), Richie, who is Black, acknowledges yelling out racial slurs at Stephanie but maintains she will never apologize, further accusing Stephanie of calling her the n-word.
  • Richie also supplied BAASU with a screenshot of a post from a man claiming to be the manager of the gas station, who accused Stephanie of provoking and harrassing Richie prior to the video recording.
  • Many of Richie’s claims were countered by the actual owner of the gas station, Tommy Lee, who told The Post Millennial’s Jonathan Choe that there was indeed a Korean American senior employee who was rattled by the incident.
  • "I think she said what felt necessary at the time and I appreciate her standing up for my employee," Lee said in defense of Stephanie.

The woman involved in a verbal altercation with an Asian woman at a gas station in Seattle has refused to apologize for hurling racial slurs.

Earlier this week, Stephanie, a Taiwanese American who goes by the handle @lycheemarteenee on TikTok, posted a video of the woman’s racist tirade at a Shell gas station in Capitol Hill.

Retired police captain in Idaho outed as white supremacist

  • A retired police captain in Idaho is being investigated after it was discovered that he maintained ties with white supremacist groups during and after his tenure with the Boise Police Department.
  • Twitter user Molly Conger exposed former police caption Matthew Bryngelson’s involvement in a conference organized by American Renaissance, a website that promotes white supremacist views.
  • Bryngelson was reportedly set to present a talk entitled “The Vilification of Police and What it Means for America” under the pseudonym Daniel Vinyard, the name of a neo-Nazi character in the 1998 film “American History X.”
  • Bryngelson’s white supremacist views were also in full display in a video interview he did with American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor, in which he tried to justify the killings of Black men by police officers.
  • Bryngelson was also one of the officers who filed a complaint against former Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee that led to the latter’s eventual resignation.
  • Boise Mayor Lauren McLean called Bryngelson’s white supremacist activities “racist, dehumanizing propaganda” and ordered a full investigation on the matter.

A retired police captain in Idaho has been discovered to have had ties with white supremacist groups during his tenure with the Boise Police Department. 

Matthew Bryngelson, whose 22-year career in law enforcement ended with his retirement in August, appears on the speaker list of a conference organized by American Renaissance, a website that promotes white supremacist views. 

Woman unleashes racist tirade at Asian woman; throws rocks at Asian journalist after being confronted

  • An Asian woman took to TikTok to share an encounter she had with a Black woman who went on a racist tirade against her at a gas station in Capitol Hill, Seattle.
  • According to TikTok user @lycheemarteenee, she started recording after the woman began yelling out racist remarks at her.
  • "Go eat your dog with some rice, b*tch" the woman can be heard yelling repeatedly at @lycheemarteenee, who then approaches the woman’s vehicle to capture the woman's license plate.
  • In the video, the woman yells, “Go back to your country, b*tch,” and, “Go do some nails or some feet or something, b*tch.”
  • In a separate TikTok post, the user explained that she had confronted the woman earlier after seeing her being rude to a senior Asian gas station attendant.
  • Journalist Jonathan Choe found the woman from the video and asked her to share her side of the story, but the woman refused to address the incident or apologize for her behavior.

An Asian TikTok user captured the moment a Black woman went on a racist tirade against her at a gas station in Capitol Hill, Seattle.

First uploaded by a user who goes by the name of Stephanie (@lycheemarteenee) on TikTok, the footage of the incident appears to have been taken down but has since been reposted on Reddit.  

‘Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play’ to run at same time as ‘Miss Saigon’ revival in England

  • The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England, is set to present Kimber Lee’s drama “Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play,” which aims to address the representation of Asian women in the “Miss Saigon” musical.
  • New Earth Theatre said in a statement that it does not wish to associate its work with “a musical that perpetuates deeply held notions of Asian inferiority would impact their wellbeing.”
  • The play, which won the Bruntwood prize for playwriting in 2019, was “born of rage” and stemmed from “feeling invisible or misrepresented”, Lee said.
  • The New York-based playwright examined how “the presence of Asian American stories is only allowed a very narrow range in the cultural conversation.”
  • Lee’s play will run from June 24 to July 22, 2023, around the same time Sheffield Theatres will present the revival of “Miss Saigon.”

The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England, is set to present Kimber Lee’s drama “Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play,” which aims to address the controversial representation of Asian women in the “Miss Saigon” musical.

The news comes a day after New Earth Theatre, a touring theatre company of British East and South-east Asian (BESEA) artists, announced on Monday that it decided not to showcase its play “Worth” at Sheffield Crucible in June 2023 because of the theatre’s staging of “Miss Saigon,” reported The Guardian. “Miss Saigon” is often criticized for its orientalist lens, white savior hero and depiction of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese people.

South Korean YouTuber goes viral after being called ‘coronavirus’ in TikTok video

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  • A South Korean social media personality was traveling in India when he was racially harassed by a local while walking down an alleyway.
  • In the video, the YouTuber and TikToker known as Tooth Breaker is filming himself strolling the street at night when a man hanging out with a group of friends shouts, “Coronavirus!”
  • Tooth Breaker asks the man if he thinks he is of Chinese origin and if he has eyes, pointing to the Hangul on his hat.
  • The man’s friends laugh behind him as he responds with, “Korea! K-pop!”
  • It is unclear where the video was recorded, but a sign for the Hotel Amax Inn, which is located in New Delhi, is seen in the background.

A South Korean social media personality was traveling in India when he caught the moment he was racially harassed by a local while walking down an alleyway live on camera.

In the video, the YouTuber and TikToker known as Tooth Breaker is filming himself strolling the street at night when a man hanging out with a group of friends shouts, “Coronavirus!”

Woman videoed going on racist rant on train in Australia

  • A woman was filmed going on a racist tirade against Asian commuters on a Sydney light rail, demanding that they get off.
  • The incident reportedly occurred on Dulwich Hill Line, somewhere between the Pyrmont Bay and Convention stops near the International Convention Centre.
  • A video of the incident, which was first posted on Reddit, shows her addressing multiple passengers in two minutes, accusing at least one of “stalking and threatening” her.
  • At one point, the woman addresses the person filming the scene and calls him “Mr. Chinaman.”
  • The video has drawn mixed reactions from users, with some slamming the woman for being racist and others speculating that she may be on drugs or have mental issues.

A woman has been filmed going on a racist tirade against Asian commuters on a Sydney light rail, calling one of them “Mr. Chinaman.”

The incident occurred on the Dulwich Hill Line, somewhere between the Pyrmont Bay and Convention stops near the International Convention Centre, according to News.com.au.

Photo taken at Asian restaurant in Georgia captures child being taught racist gesture

  • A photo of Rebekah Lee, a 19-year-old college student in Atlanta, has gone viral on social media due to a racist photobomb captured in the background. 
  • In the photo, which was taken on Saturday, a woman can be seen teaching a young girl how to pull her eyes back in a squint, appearing to mock Asian eyes. 
  • The tweet has received over 65,000 retweets, with many users angered by the racist gesture.

A photo of a college student dining at an Asian restaurant in Georgia has gone viral on social media due to a racist photobomb captured in the background. 

Rebekah Lee, a 19-year-old student at Emory College of Arts & Sciences, was dining at the restaurant Ton-Ton Ramen at Ponce City Market in Atlanta on Saturday when she had her photo taken shortly after her food arrived.

New Zealand study finds anti-Asian hate victims more likely to experience anxiety, depression

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  • Researchers from the University of Auckland have found a correlation between experiencing anti-Asian hate and increased anxiety, depressive symptoms and decreased wellbeing.
  • About 40 percent of Asian New Zealanders have experienced racial discrimination and anti-Asian hate since the pandemic began in 2020, according to a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday.
  • Based on the 1,452 respondents of an online survey conducted in 2021, researchers found that the most common types of racism those surveyed experienced were verbal attacks and microaggressions, often in public places, social media and mainstream media.
  • The study’s authors argued that authorities should ensure the wellbeing of Asian communities by focusing on actively reducing and eliminating racism.

A new study on racism faced by Asians living in New Zealand highlighted the effects of hate on their health and wellbeing. 

The report, titled “Asian New Zealanders’ experiences of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic and its association with life satisfaction,” was authored by researchers at the University of Auckland and published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday. 

Manila journalists visiting US to interview hate crime victims become targets of anti-Asian hate

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  • Visiting journalists from Manila purportedly became the target of anti-Asian hate just days after they interviewed Filipino victims of similar experiences.
  • According to one of the journalists, Bernadette E. Tamyo, they became the target of hate speech three times on Wednesday afternoon.
  • The first incident occurred when a woman allegedly hurled racial slurs at their group while they were in a subway station.
  • A few hours later, her companions reportedly heard a man shout “corona” at them as they passed by his stall on the Brooklyn bridge.
  • The journalists then walked to the 9/11 Memorial, where another man allegedly tried approaching one of them before blurting out “F*ck you!”

A group of journalists from Manila visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City allegedly became the target of anti-Asian hate just days after interviewing Filipino victims of similar experiences.

Elmer Cato, the Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines in New York, shared news of the incidents on Twitter on Thursday.