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Hello, everyone! 

President Joe Biden has
announced new measures that would strengthen background checks on gun purchases in the country following a recent series of mass shootings.

Speaking in Monterey Park, California on Tuesday afternoon, Biden announced his new executive order that would direct his Cabinet members to strengthen gun background checks to “save more lives more quickly.” Biden’s visit occurred nearly two months after the Monterey Park mass shooting which was followed by another incident that killed seven people in Half Moon Bay, California.

Biden ordered his Cabinet members to increase the number of background checks conducted before any firearm purchases occur. The executive order would also expand public awareness campaigns about the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, also known as the red flag law, in partnership with law enforcement, healthcare providers, educators and other community leaders.

President Biden
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Spotlight 💡
  • The Miami Heat secured a 119-115 win against the Utah Jazz on Monday night where Asian American head coach Erik Spoelstra made NBA history by winning his 697th game. Spoelstra has now moved to the 20th position on the all-time wins list for head coaches, overtaking Red Holzman who previously held the spot with 696 wins.
Erik Spoelstra
Locked On Heat
Race in America 🌎
  • Asian Americans are coming together in five U.S. cities to demand action against racist hate and violence while paying tribute to the lives lost, two years after eight people were killed in Atlanta-based Asian-owned or operated spas. Organized by Stand with Asian Americans and other equity groups, the events will honor the victims of the Atlanta shootings as well as the lives lost in other attacks such as the Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park shootings. The synchronized rallies, called "Always With Us: Asian Americans Rise Against Hate," will feature appearances from Asian American leaders, activists, community members, and elected officials.
In Other Asian News 🗞
  • The Myanmar military and local insurgent groups have been accused of massacring at least 22 people, including three monks, at a monastery in Shan State. Both sides dispute who is responsible for the attack with the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force accusing the military of killing unarmed monks and civilians while the military blames local terrorist groups for the violence. Since the military coup in 2021, at least 2,900 people in Myanmar have been killed by junta troops, with over 17,500 arrested.
Entertainment 📺
  • Netflix released the official trailer for “Beef,” an upcoming dark comedy starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, on Wednesday. According to Netflix’s synopsis for the 10-episode A24 series, which was created by Lee Sung Jin for the streaming platform, “Beef follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers. Danny Cho (Yeun), a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder, goes head-to-head with Amy Lau (Wong), a self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life.” The series’ main cast includes David Choe, Young Mazino, Joseph Lee and Patti Yasutake. Meanwhile, “Emily in Paris” star Ashley Park, “Umbrella Academy” star Justin H. Min star in recurring roles. 
Ali Wong (left), Steven Yeun (right)
Netflix
What else is on our minds? 🧠
  • Taiwan has warned Honduras to not fall for China’s financial promises, calling it a debt trap. 
     
  • South Korean broadcaster SBS News is facing backlash for editing Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar acceptance speech.
     
  • Billionaire businessman Guo Wengui, a political dissident exiled from China, has been arrested and charged in connection with a conspiracy that defrauded thousands of victims out of more than $1 billion.
     
  • Vanessa Hudgens will be returning to the “Bad Boys” film franchise alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. 
     
  • The first trailer for IU and Park Seo-joon’s upcoming sports comedy film “Dream” has been released.

Are you looking forward to “Beef” starring Steven and Ali?

I am. I think this will be amazing.

Sincerely,

Daniel Anderson

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