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The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
honored several Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women and nonbinary artists in entertainment during their inaugural Radiance event on Tuesday. 

Ming-Na Wen, known for her roles in films and TV series such as “Mulan,” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” was honored with the event’s first-ever Actor in TV luminary honor. Tati Gabrielle, who stars in Netflix’s “You,” “Kaleidoscope” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” received the Cindy Y. Huang Rising Star Award. Oscar nominee Shirley Kurata, the costume designer behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” received the Behind the Camera Award, while “Partner Track” showrunner Georgia Lee received the Visionary Award. Other honorees included Rebecca Sun, Dana Ledoux Miller, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja and Priya Satiani. 

Ming-Na Wen
Spotlight 💡
  • Suragan, a Korean fine dining restaurant in San Francisco, is offering an unusual twist for diners as Chef Jongmoon Choi looks to historic Korean recipes to create his dishes. The restaurant currently has a menu focused on the 1600s, specifically the “Eumsik Dimibang” cookbook. 
Race in America 🌎
  • Asian American students in Boston Public Schools report feeling isolated, overlooked, and undervalued, despite performing better on average, according to a recent analysis of school climate survey data. An analysis of student responses to the district’s 2018-2019 school climate survey, which measured student attitudes and experiences, found that Asian American students reported the lowest rankings among racial groups in nine of the 15 categories, including physical safety, sense of belonging, and academic stress. In contrast, they reported feeling the most engaged in their classes, but the least likely to feel their school curriculum was relevant to their background or culture, or that teachers and staff were interested in their well-being.
In Other Asian News 🗞
  • China has given emergency use approval to its first homegrown mRNA Covid-19 vaccine developed by CSPC Pharmaceutical Group. The approval marks a change of strategy for China which has until now promoted its own vaccine manufacturers and rejected mRNA technology.
Hospital in China dealing with Covid
Entertainment 📺
  • Will Sharpe is set to direct the highly-anticipated feature film adaptation of “Crying in H Mart,” the best-selling memoir of Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner. First published in April 2021, “Crying in H Mart” highlights Zauner’s life as a Korean American. The book, which spent 60 weeks on the New York Times best-selling hardcover nonfiction list, opens with Zauner’s tragic memory of losing her mother to pancreatic cancer. Sharpe most recently made headlines for his performance as Ethan Spiller in the second season of HBO’s critically acclaimed “The White Lotus.”
Michelle Zauner (left), Will Sharpe (right)
H Mart/BBC
What else is on our minds? 🧠
  • The 29-year-old woman charged with presenting a false birth certificate in January to pose as a high school student has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 
  • Check out bloopers from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
  • The Japanese voice actor of Ash Ketchum from the long-running “Pokémon” anime recently went viral for her live performance of the series’ original theme song.
  • TWICE member Chaeyoung has sparked outrage for another controversial wardrobe choice, this time involving a Nazi swastika.
  • Singapore and Taiwan are among the happiest countries in East Asia, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report released by the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Have you been to Singapore or Taiwan?

I have not, but would love to go someday.


Daniel Anderson

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