In recent times — with the rise of Asian culture and the COVID-19 pandemic — my identity as an Asian American is suddenly in the spotlight.
From articles celebrating the many cultures that make up my community to the social media posts featuring Asian models, there seems to be a sudden wave of faces that look like mine. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the #StopAsianHate movement, this increase in Asian visibility seems to be more important than ever.
35-mile ‘Run for Chinatown’ organized to honor Christina Lee’s life, raise awareness of anti-Asian crimes
- The New York Chinatown community organized a 35-mile run on Monday with one mile honoring every year of stabbing victim Christina Yuna Lee’s life.
- The group that organized the challenge “Run for Chinatown” aimed to raise awareness of the rise in violent crimes targeting Asian Americans.
- The challenge was expected to take around seven to eight hours while participants made laps around the block where Lee had lived.
- Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her Chinatown apartment after allegedly being followed home on Feb. 13 by Assamad Nash.
A group of runners planned a 35-mile run on Monday called “Run for Chinatown” in which participants ran 175 laps around the block where Christina Yuna Lee lived in honor of her life.
Participants were challenged to run one mile for every year of Lee’s life, totaling 35 miles. While some ran the full 35 miles, others ran for 35 minutes or did 35 laps, reported ABC7.
‘I was the only one doing it’: TV chef icon Martin Yan on 43 years of sharing Asian American cuisine
- Television chef Martin Yan spoke to NextShark about his 43 years in the industry, discrimination he has faced, the meaning of “authenticity” in cooking, and how he has become more vocal in advocating for Asian American communities.
- In his new web series called “MY Chinatown,” Yan hopes to support the communities around him, saying he has become “more vocal” in his advocacy in the past few years.
- “The Chinese have been living in Chinatown, have been working hard in Chinatown, have been contributing to the economy of the U.S., the tourism of California and the city, for 160 years! We are part of America. It’s a melting pot. Why do you have to hate us?” he said.
Chef Martin Yan has spent 43 years sharing Asian American culture and cooking on broadcast television – now he hopes to engage in more activism with his “MY Chinatown” series.
When Martin Yan joins the Zoom call, he instantly glides into TV presenter mode. After settling in with his AirPods, he cheerily walks me through the Chinese New Year decorations that have taken up the majority of his kitchen.
- Gender equality activists are celebrating Ayesha Malik’s appointment to the Supreme Court in light of gender disparities in Pakistan and Malik’s own robust track record as a women’s rights advocate.
- Malik’s appointment succeeded by a narrow 5-4 margin.
On Jan. 24, a judiciary committee appointed 55-year-old Ayesha Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court bench by a narrow margin.
Domestic and international activists have been celebrating the appointment of Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court as an important step towards women’s rights in the country. Female judges make up only 4% of Pakistan’s high courts, BBC reports.
Prominent Buddhist monk, writer and Vietnamese peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh passed away at the age of ninety-five.
Plum Village, the first monastic community Hạnh founded, announced the peaceful death of the beloved teacher, or Thay, on the morning of Jan. 22 at the Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam.
20-year-old Hong Kong independence activist sentenced to 43 months in prison under China security law
Tony Chung, the 20-year-old former leader of Hong Kong activist group Studentlocalism, has been sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment, making him the youngest person jailed under China’s security law.
What happened: Chung’s sentence was reduced after he entered a plea bargain on Tuesday to secession and money laundering charges, according to The Washington Post. The court explained that Chung had allegedly used the donations he received on PayPal to boost his Hong Kong pro-independence organization.
Amidst all of the news about hate crimes against the Asian American community, LA-based artist Jonathan Chang decided that he cannot stay silent anymore.
A seasoned illustrator in the toy and entertainment industries, Chang mostly posted photos of his dog and other fun pop culture illustrations, from Overwatch characters to Andrew Yang. However, with the onset of the pandemic last year, he began to notice the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes among Asian-centric social media accounts.
Cambodian police have launched an investigation for the suspected kidnapping of an exiled Thai human rights activist in Phnom Penh.
Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a 37-year-old activist who fled Thailand in 2014, was reportedly taken by unidentified gunmen on the evening of June 4. He was talking to his sister, Sitanun, on the phone for 20 minutes, as reported by Reuters.
Editor’s Note: Tee Fansofa and Ayotunde Ikuku use the pronouns they, them and theirs.
An activist needs several medical procedures following severe injuries from rubber bullets and tear gas can from Los Angeles protests.
Face masks no longer just prevent the transmission of COVID-19 as activists on the internet have begun using them to call for an end in hate crimes committed against Asian Americans.
Activist Ebony Janice Moore took to Instagram on Friday to highlight how an Asian woman used her “White privilege” in protecting a Black man from police during a courtroom meeting that erupted into a protest last week.
Moore, the womanist scholar and activist behind The Free People Project, posted a video on Instagram featuring protesters at the Sacramento City Council board meeting about the case of Stephon Clark on Tuesday night.
Asian Americans in Irvine, California have come together to protest against a plan to build emergency homeless shelters in the city, arguing for the protection of their neighborhoods and families.
Hundreds participated in the demonstration at the Orange County Hall of Administration last week, many of whom were Chinese Americans who gathered after days of organizing.