- General Electric researcher Dr. Hsin-Pang Wang died from colon cancer on Sept. 6. He was 75.
- “He was really like a father and uncle to a lot of people,” Jennifer Zhao, executive director of the International Center of the Capital Region, told the Times Union. “He’s the kind of person who leads by example.”
- Born in Nanjing, China, in 1946, Wang and his family moved to Taiwan in 1949. He studied at National Cheng Kung University before moving to the United States to study mechanical engineering at the University of Florida in 1970.
- He met his partner, Ting-Ting, at the University of Florida and got married in 1973. The couple then relocated to Albany, New York, in 1976, the same year Wang started his 34-year career at General Electric Global Research.
- During those years, Wang reportedly held more than 100 patents and invented several technologies, including a breakthrough invention that improves gas turbine efficiency for power generation and helps to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- In 1997, Wang founded General Electric’s Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF). He also served as the president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Albany-Mohawk Chapter and the president of the 80-20 Educational Foundation’s Board of Donors.
General Electric researcher Dr. Hsin-Pang Wang, described by many of his colleagues as an altruistic leader and visionary, has died at 75.
Wang, also known as HP Wang, died on Sept. 6 from colon cancer, according to his obituary.
- Dozens of women protested in New Delhi, India, on Thursday after a court ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman and killed seven of her family members in 2002.
- Activists at the protest held signs that read “Protecting rapists and penalizing victims” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as they directed their outrage toward the state government.
- “How can justice for any woman end like this?” the rape victim reportedly wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace.”
Dozens of women have spoken up against the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in India in 2002.
Activists gathered in New Delhi to protest on Thursday after a court on Monday ordered the release of the Hindu men who sexually assaulted Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman, and killed seven of her family members.
Australian anti-CCP activist who says he was framed for bomb threat against Chinese embassy claims he was spied on, threatened
- Australian anti-Chinese Communist Party activist Drew Pavlou, 23, has returned home after being held in London for four weeks over a bomb threat allegation made by the Chinese Embassy.
- Pavlou came to the U.K. in July to call attention to the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai at Wimbledon.
- Before leaving the country, Pavlou and a companion, identified only as Harry, tried to protest at the Chinese Embassy.
- Pavlou was arrested after the Chinese Embassy alerted the Metropolitan police to a bomb threat allegedly sent from the email address “[email protected]”
- Pavlou denied sending such a threat, with his lawyer saying that circumstantial evidence “points to it being someone connected to the [Chinese] Embassy.”
Australian anti-Chinese Communist Party activist Drew Pavlou has returned home after being arrested in London over what he claims was a Beijing-orchestrated frame-up for a fake bomb threat.
Pavlou, 23, arrived in the U.K. for Wimbledon last month to call attention to the controversial disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Before leaving the country, he tried to stage a protest at the Chinese Embassy in London.
- Myanmar’s ruling military earned global condemnation after executing Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- The men, accused of aiding a civilian resistance movement, were among the 117 sentenced to die by the military-run courts since the junta took over in February last year.
- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping that Myanmar is part of, denounced the execution.
- The European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Britain and the United States released a joint statement describing the executions as "reprehensible acts of violence that further exemplify the regime's disregard for human rights and the rule of law."
- Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry urged opposing groups in Myanmar to resolve conflicts within the country’s constitutional framework.
- According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Myanmar security forces have killed over 2,100 people, a figure the junta said is exaggerated.
The Myanmar junta’s execution of four democracy activists has sparked condemnation from the international community.
On Monday, the country’s ruling military announced that it had executed Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Chinese Canadian activist criticizes release of his attacker with no jail time: ‘This isn’t justice’
- Louis Huang, a China and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist from Richmond, British Columbia, has slammed the court for giving his two attackers, Mu Bai and Yin Shiliang, “lenient” sentences.
- Huang was attacked outside the house of Bingchen Gao, an independent Chinese journalist, in Surrey, British Columbia, on Nov. 25, 2020.
- While waiting outside Gao’s home, Huang said he was approached by two men who then physically assaulted him. The assailants were later identified as Mu and Yin. Huang suffered a broken cheekbone, permanent eye damage and a knocked-out tooth from the attack.
- Prosecutor Corrine Proctor sought a four-to-six-month jail sentence for Yin and Mu with a three-month conditional sentence order (house arrest). Yin was only sentenced to a partial house arrest in November, and Mu was released last week with no jail time.
- Yin and Mu were reportedly associated with the New Federal State of China, a political movement group founded by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and former White House Chief strategist under Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, on June 4, 2020. The group’s aim was to abolish the Chinese Communist Party and create an alternative Chinese state.
A Canadian activist attacked by two men in late 2020 has criticized the court for giving his assailants “lenient” sentences and expressed fear that the ruling would encourage further harassment.
Louis Huang, a China and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist from Richmond, British Columbia, told the Toronto Star he was shocked after learning that one of his attackers, Mu Bai, was granted unconditional release last week.
As a self-proclaimed “Forrest Gump of activism,” Kiyoshi Kuromiya was present for many of the U.S. social justice movements in the ‘60s through the ‘90s, which included the Vietnam War, gay rights and the Stonewall era, the Civil Rights movement and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Born on May 9, 1943, in a Japanese American concentration camp in Wyoming, Kuromiya, a sansei (third-generation Japanese) activist, experienced social injustices since he was a baby. His parents were upheaved from Monrovia, Calif., to Heart Mountain Relocation Center along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans during WWII, despite also being citizens and California natives.
Longtime activist cites history of cooperation between Asians, Black Americans after being targeted in hate attack
Police brutality and social justice activist Rev. Harriett Walden was subject to an assault on Nov. 18 and has since spoken out about the increase of hate crimes against Black and Asian Americans.
The incident: Walden, a 75-year-old Seattle resident, was called slurs and hit with a bottle of motor oil while crossing Columbia Street at First Avenue in Seattle around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, reported The Seattle Times.
The home of late activist couple James and Grace Lee Boggs on Detroit’s East Side is slated to become a community museum, the James and Grace Lee Boggs Foundation announced last week.
What to know: The museum is expected to open in 2023 or 2024. It will focus on the Boggs’ activism for civil rights, labor, ecology and justice movements, as well as their “influence on younger generations of activists, artists, educators, policymakers and humanitarians,” according to Detriot Metro Times.
Japanese American visual artist and activist Drue Kataoka has organized a fundraiser to support the Asian American Federation, a non-profit organization that aims to end discrimination and violence toward the Asian community.
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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include Indigenous rally organizers, according to Rohan Zhou-Lee.
Activists from the Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian American community will hold an emergency rally in New York City on Saturday in response to the string of violent racist attacks against Asians.
Rose Takayo Matsui Ochi, a Japanese American leader and civil rights activist, has died in her home city of Los Angeles.
Ochi passed away at 81 on Dec. 13 after contracting COVID-19 for the second time. This worsened existing medical issues, her husband Thomas Ochi told the Los Angeles Times.
Sophia Huang Xueqin, a leading Chinese feminist and a pioneering figure in the Chinese #MeToo movement has been arrested in Guangzhou after being accused of disturbing public order.
The 30-year-old activist was summoned to the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau on October 17, according to the South China Morning Post.