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Taiwanese billionaire pledges $32 million for ‘civilian warriors’ against China

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  • Robert Tsao, a Taiwanese tycoon, declared that he is prepared to spend $32 million to train “civilian warriors” against China.
  • Founder of United Microelectronics Corp, the 75-year-old made his announcement at a press conference on Thursday in body armor.
  • The news came in light of China’s military drills around Taiwan, which have only increased following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other U.S. lawmakers’ visits to the island.
  • Although once a supporter of reunification, Tsao cites Hong Kong as his “wake-up call” and has reinstated his Taiwanese citizenship.

Robert Tsao, a billionaire who made his fortune through microchips, declared that he is prepared to spend $32 million of his own money to train “civilian warriors” to protect Taiwan in the case of a Chinese invasion. 

Founder of United Microelectronics Corp, the 75-year-old made his announcement at a press conference on Thursday clad in body armor. Amid Taiwan’s decision to take “strong countermeasures” against China’s provocations, Tsao pledged to train 3 million “civilian warriors” within three years. Tsao would work with Taiwan’s civilian defense organization, allocating 60 percent of the funds to an army of “warriors” and 40 percent to firearms training.

ARMY praises Nicki Minaj for speaking out against the music industry’s purported ‘blackballing’ of BTS

  • BTS fans, also known as ARMY, recently praised Nicki Minaj, 39, for indirectly claiming that the South Korean septet has been “blackballed” by the Western music industry.
  • In various clips shared online by fans, the American rapper claims that certain “rules” have been set up by the Western music industry so that specific artists experience a harder time reaching the top spots on music charts.
  • “The rules were to make it sure that, never again in the history, would an artist or, in my case, two artists, if you know what I’m talking about, who were being blackballed would be able to go No. 1,” Minaj says. “The purpose of these rules — and it’s not bashing, it’s just telling you guys the truth — the purpose of these rules were to make sure that you as an artist will always be in need of radio.”
  • “And so, if we as a fan base, or let’s say BTS as a fan base, I know you guys... recently saw it happen with that. Every time we put out a song, we can do what we do with ‘Say So’ or ‘Trollz,’ then it takes the power out of someone’s hand, and they don’t like that. It’s all about power here," she adds.
  • Many fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Minaj’s comments on the matter, with one writing, “Nicki Minaj spilling facts!! Billboard is trying to stop BTS and Nicki to reach the top of Hot 100 but they’ll still be dominating.”

BTS fans, also known as ARMY, have recently praised Nicki Minaj for indirectly claiming that the South Korean mega group has been “blackballed” by the Western music industry.

Minaj, 39, reportedly spoke up during her radio show, “Queen Radio.” In various clips shared online by fans, Minaj can be heard claiming that certain “rules” have been set up by the Western music industry so that specific artists experience a harder time reaching the top spots on music charts.

‘Things are very, very rarely black and white’: Ukraine volunteer Elliot Kim reflects on serving in Russo-Ukrainian War

  • Ukraine volunteer Elliot Kim sat down with NextShark to share his experiences in the Russo-Ukrainian war zone, including what he did beforehand to prepare, how he got into the country and what he saw once he landed.
  • Kim participated in Ukraine as a soldier in an international volunteer legion from the end of April to mid-June. After his time volunteering, he returned home to Atlanta.
  • Similar to many other U.S. volunteers, Kim also had a military background, having joined the army right out of high school in 2005.
  • When faced with the opportunity to fight in Ukraine, it had been 11 years since he left the army. There was a lot of uncertainty, Kim admits, as to whether he could make a difference in Ukraine.
  • “There's just this feeling amongst a lot of civilians that the world may have forgotten or is okay with what’s going on over there,” says Kim.

Ukraine volunteer Elliot Kim sat down with NextShark to share his experiences in the Russo-Ukrainian war zone, including what he did beforehand to prepare, how he got into the country and what he saw once he landed.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 left the rest of the world scrambling to deal with the repercussions. 

Fan-made video ad for BTS’ J-Hope displayed in Seoul accidentally leaves a ‘p’ out of ‘rapper’

  • A large fan-made video advertisement for BTS’ J-Hope’s first solo album “Jack in the Box” mistakenly spelled “rapper” as “raper.”
  • The video advertisement, created by two Chinese fan groups, was displayed Friday on a large outdoor screen on the Coex building in Gangnam, South Korea.
  • HopeUranus, one of the fan groups behind the ad, apologized for the mistake and explained that they were not native English speakers and were in a rush to edit the video advertisement.
  • A video uploaded by the fan group’s Twitter account showed the updated version.

BTS fans were horrified after discovering a large fan-made video advertisement for BTS’ J-Hope in Seoul had a very noticeable misspelled caption.

To celebrate the release of J-Hope’s first solo album “Jack in the Box,” the video advertisement was displayed on the Coex building in Gangnam on Friday. It was created by Chinese fan groups HopeUranus and Heimdallr. 

Social media user questions why BTS’ Jungkook is ‘always talking in Korean’

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  • A viral clip on TikTok shows Jungkook of superstar K-pop group BTS responding to a follower questioning why he is “always talking in Korean.”
  • “I know! But –” Jungkook shouts in frustration before switching to Korean. “I want to be able to! I want to be able to speak English fluently too!”
  • BTS’ fandom Army erupted in furor on social media not only over the group being snubbed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, but also over segments from the ceremony focusing on the group’s English skills instead of their success.

Just before BTS was snubbed for an award at the Grammys on Sunday for the second year in a row, an exasperated Jungkook responded to a social media user who questioned why he was “always talking in Korean.” 

The superstar K-pop group’s youngest member was answering a series of questions from followers through his Instagram Stories on Saturday. Most of the questions were initially asked and answered in Korean until one unnamed user chided him for speaking in his native tongue.

US Army recruitment video showcases life for military workers in South Korea

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  • A recruitment video released by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Pacific (IMCOM-Pacific) advertises life at a U.S. Army Garrison in South Korea.
  • The video is targeted toward U.S. civilians who would work alongside the Army on the day-to-day operations of the military installment.
  • South Korea is the country with the third-highest number of U.S. military troops, with nearly 26,000 Americans stationed there.

A recruitment video created by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Pacific (IMCOM-Pacific) advertises life in Korea for U.S. military personnel and civilians working at a U.S. Army Garrison. 

In the video, a voiceover advertises the advantages of moving to South Korea with the U.S. Army. “Enjoy modern, Western-style housing, familiar restaurant chains… and a host of activities like amusement parks, festivals, museums, ancient palaces and temples,” the narration says, referring to Korea as “one of the most connected countries on the planet.”

Asian American Soldier Who Dreamed of Flying, Struggled With Grades is Now a US Army Pilot

The U.S. Army launched an animated series earlier last month, featuring soldiers such as First Lieutenant David Toguchi, an Asian American pilot who turned his lifelong dream of flying into a reality.

“The Calling”  follows five young Americans as their different life experiences lead them to serve in the Army. The series aims to “help close the relatability gap between Gen Z and America’s largest military branch,” according to a press release from earlier last month. 

Filipino American Soldier Found Dead Near Texas Military Base, The 3rd Death in a Month

Remains of a Filipino American soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas were discovered near the base, Army officials revealed on Tuesday. 

Unnatural circumstances: Officials at the United States Army base say that the body of 26-year-old Pvt. Mejhor Morta was found by fishermen who were in a boat on July 17 near Stillhouse Hollow Lake, reports NPR.

Watch US Soldiers Try Food Rations Served in the Singapore Armed Forces

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In recent years, Singaporean food has grown to be more appealing to the palate of many foreigners — from ordinary tourists to Michelin-starred chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and the late Anthony Bourdain

Interestingly, American soldiers got their taste of Singaporean food in the middle of training in Oklahoma during the Exercise Daring Warrior 2018, a combined live-firing exercise conducted by the U.S. Army and the Singapore Army last month.