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Poll: Asian Americans don’t feel safe in San Francisco; only 14% predict improvement

  • According to a poll conducted by the San Francisco Chronicle, Asian American residents in San Francisco feel the least safe out of any other groups.
  • Only 14% of the 490 Asian respondents believe that living in San Francisco will be better in the next two years, the lowest rate among all ethnic groups.
  • Meanwhile, 44% of Asian Americans think that living in the city will even be worse in two years, which exceeds the 35% overall who similarly think so.
  • Asian Americans, who make up over a third of the population in the city, mostly cited safety/crime as San Francisco’s biggest issue.
  • While they acknowledged the crime problem in the city, Asian respondents were found to be the least likely to report being victimized by a crime.

Asian American residents in San Francisco feel less safe than other groups, according to a recent poll by the San Francisco Chronicle. 

As part of its SFNext project, the paper conducted a survey of 1,653 local residents belonging to different racial groups and released its findings on Sept. 14. 

Ancient China used face-whitening cosmetics before Ancient Greece, study claims

  • A team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered ancient bronze containers containing lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup.
  • The discovery was made at a nobility cemetery located in the Liangdaicun site in the city of Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi province.
  • The researchers published their study in the open-access journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications on Sept. 3.
  • “The results show that these residues were the earliest synthesized lead white in the world to date, which was produced by the precipitation method in solution distinct from the corrosion method practiced in ancient Greece,” the researchers wrote.

Chinese researchers have unearthed bronze containers with lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup around 300 years before the ancient Greeks started making their own.

The team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered the ancient artifacts at the Liangdaicun site in the city of  Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi Province.

Report: Anti-AAPI hate crimes in Orange County continued to surge in 2021

  • According to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the county recorded 398 hate crimes and incidents in 2021, a 6% increase from the 375 hate incidents in 2020.
  • Hate crimes against Asian/Pacific Islander victims in 2021 registered a 43% increase from the year before, while hate incidents against the group saw a 164% increase from 2020.
  • The 22 recorded hate crimes against LGBTQ-plus people in 2021 registered an 83% spike from the previous year.
  • A state attorney general’s report released earlier this year revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose across California in 2021 to about 177% from 2020, the worst level since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Racially charged hate crimes and incidents in Orange County, California, saw a significant increase last year, a new report from the OC Human Relations Commission revealed. 

In 2021, the county recorded 97 hate crimes and 301 incidents that failed to get criminal charges. While there were more hate crimes reported in the county in 2020 at 112, there were fewer incidents at 263. 

New Japanese study reveals the best way to put a crying baby to sleep

  • Researchers from the Riken Research Institute in Japan tested the effects of four different actions on 21 crying infants aged 7 months and younger.
  • Their study, which was published in peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Tuesday, had the babies’ mothers carry them while walking, sit while holding them, rock them in a stroller and put them to bed.
  • The researchers’ findings suggest that the best way to put crying babies to sleep is by walking with them for at least five minutes with no sudden movements, sitting and holding them for another eight minutes and then placing them gently into bed. 

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Tuesday has revealed the best way to put a crying baby to sleep.

The study, which was led by researchers from the Riken Research Institute in Japan, analyzed 21 babies aged 7 months or younger.

Chinese universities among world’s top schools in producing ultra-rich graduates

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  • Chinese universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University, are among the top universities to produce the most “ultra-wealthy” alumni, according to Altrata.
  • Peking University, the alma mater of Baidu co-founder Robin Li, has produced about 1,101 ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) individuals, landing the school at No. 8 on the list.
  • Tsinghua University, the school from which Chinese President Xi Jinping graduated, churned out about 1,100 ultra-wealthy alumni, placing it at No. 9 on the list.
  • Altrata defined ultra wealthy as those with a net worth of $30 million.
  • Harvard University came in at No. 1 among U.S. universities, with 17,660 ultra wealthy graduates.

Chinese universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University, are among the top universities to produce the most “ultra-wealthy” alumni, according to a recent report from data company Altrata.

Peking University, the alma mater of Baidu co-founder Robin Li, has produced about 1,101 ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) individuals, landing the school at No. 8 on the list. Forbes named the 53-year-old tech company founder the 45th richest person in China, with a net worth of about $7.7 billion.

Asian American women are not being promoted to executive management positions, study reveals

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  • A new study reveals how Asian Americans, particularly Asian American women, continue to struggle with workplace promotions.
  • Researchers found that Asian American women experience a severe drop of 80% in representation and promotion at high levels in senior management positions.
  • Data revealed that while Asian Americans account for 9% of senior vice presidents, there are only 5% of promotions from senior vice president to the C-suite or the high-ranking executive titles. Asian American women reportedly make up less than 1% of these promotions.
  • The researchers suggested constructive starting points, such as collecting more granular data, addressing inclusion challenges, supporting and creating sponsorship opportunities for Asian American workers and addressing Asian American issues as part of corporate responsibility.

Although Asian Americans are heavily represented in corporate jobs, representation and promotion at high levels in senior management positions are significantly lacking, according to a new study. 

There are nearly 20 million Asian Americans who live in the U.S. as citizens, with 8.8 million of them in the workforce. They are reportedly overrepresented in both low-paying occupations, including manicurists and cooks, and in high-paying professions, including technical fields. 

China’s space program discovers new mineral from the Moon in 46-year first

  • China has discovered a new mineral from the Moon for the first time in the country’s history, 46 years after Russia’s Luna 24 mission in 1976.
  • The mineral, which has been named Changesite-(Y), was confirmed by the New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association as a new type of mineral on Friday.
  • Changesite-(Y) was included in the 1,731 grams of lunar samples that the Chang’e-5 probe collected from Oceanus Procellarum, a basalt area on the Moon formed by lunar volcanic eruptions billions of years ago, during the moon mission in December 2020.
  • "We brought back 1,731 grams of lunar samples from the Chang'e-5 probe. And through joint research, we've achieved substantial scientific results,” Liu Jizhong, director of China's Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center, said.

China has discovered a new mineral from the Moon after sifting through the first lunar samples gathered in 46 years.

The new mineral, Changesite-(Y), named after China’s lunar exploration project Chang’e Project, was included among the 140,000 lunar sample particles studied by the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology through high-tech procedures like X-ray diffraction.

Report: Alarming rise of physical and sexual violence in pandemic-era California

  • According to the latest California Study on Violence Experiences across the Lifespan (CalVEX) report, the rates of both physical and sexual violence in California have increased at alarming rates since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • More than one in six Californians (18%) have experienced physical or sexual violence in the past year, according to the report.
  • Physical violence nearly doubled for men from 2020 to 2022, with men being more likely than women to have dealt with violence.
  • It also revealed that more than 1.1 million Californian adults were physically or sexually assaulted by their intimate partner in the past year, with women being more likely than men to have experienced various forms of sexual violence.
  • The CalVEX report also noted that ​socially and economically vulnerable communities experienced more violence than others.

California has seen a significant increase in physical and sexual violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest California Study on Violence Experiences across the Lifespan (CalVEX) report.

The CalVEX report, which was conducted by scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, revealed that more than one in six Californians (18%) have experienced physical or sexual violence in the past year.

Asian and Black patients in England wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white patients, study finds

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  • Based on an analysis of 126,000 cancer cases in England between 2006 and 2016, Asian and Black people are forced to wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white people.
  • Funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by the University of Exeter and the Guardian, the review covered the four most common cancers: lung, breast, prostate and colorectal, as well as three commonly diagnosed in ethnic minorities: esophagogastric, myeloma and ovarian.
  • In general, the median time for a white person to get diagnosed after first presenting symptoms to a general practitioner (GP) was 55 days. Asian people had to wait 60 days, while Black people had to wait 61 days.
  • The median wait time for white people to get a diagnosis for esophagogastric cancer was 53 days, while for Asian people it was 100 days, a wait time six weeks longer.
  • The median wait time for white people to get a diagnosis for myeloma was 93 days, while for Black people it was 127 days.

A recent analysis of the National Health Service’s database has revealed that Asian and Black people in England are forced to wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white people. 

Based on the NHS data review conducted by the University of Exeter and The Guardian, minority ethnic patients had to wait an extra six weeks to get diagnosed.

Indonesian monkeys use stones as sex toys, researchers find

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  • Researchers studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019 observed that the monkeys were using stone tools as sex toys.
  • The study, which builds on lead author Camilla Cenni’s previous research in male monkeys in 2020, established that female monkeys exhibited similar behavior.
  • One difference the scientists observed among the female monkeys was their selectiveness in choosing stones to rub/tap against.
  • "When we talk about tool use in animals, we normally think about survival-dependent instances," Cenni was quoted as saying. "There is an increasing number of studies that are suggesting that using objects as tools doesn't have to be a matter of survival. This is clearly an example."

A species of monkeys in Indonesia has been observed using stones as sex toys, a new study revealed. 

Researchers made the conclusion after studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019. 

AAPIs mark the largest increase among new immigrants in state legislatures since 2020, report finds

  • There are 27 newly-elected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the 2022 legislative session, the largest gain among groups of first and second-generation U.S. immigrants since 2020.
  • The finding comes in a new report by New American Leaders, a nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers “New Americans” — which it defines as first and second-generation U.S. immigrants — to run for public office.
  • Speaking to NextShark, New American Leaders President Ghida Dagher attributed the AAPI community’s heightened political participation to the need to combat anti-Asian hate, which has progressively worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Dagher said New Americans get involved in politics for the same reason any other American does: to see change in the policies affecting their communities.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) saw the largest gains among first- and second-generation U.S. immigrants in state legislatures in 2022, a new report has found. 

Twenty-seven first- and second-generation AAPIs were newly elected to this year’s legislative session, bringing the total of AAPI lawmakers to 103. The group now composes 34.7% of the new immigrant-held legislative seats across the U.S.

Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners, study suggests

  • Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a study published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology has found. 
  • Takefumi Kikusui, the study's lead author, said in a statement that dogs “shed tears associated with positive emotions." 
  • After seeing his poodle shed tears while nursing her puppies, he went on to conduct a study on how oxytocin plays a role in such a reaction. 
  • Oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” has previously been found in both dogs and their human owners during their interactions.
  • The recent study’s findings suggest that the release of oxytocin strengthens the bond between dogs and their human owners. They also suggest that there is a link between tear production and emotion in animals besides humans.
  • While earlier studies have shown that dogs release oxytocin naturally in the presence of their owners, this is reportedly the first time tear volumes and oxytocin have been studied in relation to owner-dog reunions.

Dogs tear up when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a new study from Japan has found.

The study was published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology.