- Authorities in Henrico County, Virginia, have warned residents of home burglaries that target Asian business owners, with at least two incidents reported in the last month.
- News of the burglaries comes after an Indian restaurant in the same county suffered an anti-Asian vandalism on its 27th anniversary last month.
- My Lan Tran, executive director of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, organized a public safety meeting on Tuesday to raise awareness of the incidents.
- Henrico police are urging residents to keep an eye on suspicious activity, inspect their homes for security weaknesses, secure valuables such as cash and jewelry and invest in surveillance systems.
Authorities in Henrico County, Virginia, are warning residents about a pattern of home burglaries targeting Asian business owners, with at least two incidents reported in the last month.
In a flier sent to the local Asian community, Henrico police vowed to “investigate, develop suspects and make arrests for these crimes,” which are believed to occur while the homeowners are away.
- Google launched a new attribute on Wednesday that allows businesses in the U.S. to identify themselves as Asian-owned.
- The update adds to existing business attributes, such as “Black-owned,” “Latino-owned,” “veteran-owned,” “women-owned” and “LGBTQ+ owned.” Owners can use multiple attributes.
- Google also announced that Grow With Google is building upon its partnership with the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) to help 10,000 additional Asian-owned small businesses gain digital skills.
Google launched a new attribute on Wednesday that allows businesses in the U.S. to identify themselves as Asian-owned.
Designed to promote diversity and help Asian merchants recover from COVID-19 losses, the “Asian-owned” attribute can now be added to Business Profiles on Search and Maps. Additionally, ad-supported publishers will soon be able to use the label in Display & Video 360’s Marketplace.
- On July 7, Canada released regulations prohibiting single-use plastics and suggesting alternatives to reduce the environmental impact and wildlife harm of plastic pollution.
- The new measures also aim to shift Canada from a linear to a circular economy, in which the products will stay “in the economy and out of the environment.”
- To accomplish this national goal, the regulations ban single-use plastics, including the manufacture, sale, import and export of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware (such as clamshell containers, lidded containers, boxes, cups, plates, or bowls made of polystyrene foam, polyvinyl chloride, carbon black or oxo-degradable plastics), ring carriers, stir sticks and straws.
- Asian restaurants, especially curry, ramen and pho restaurants, rely on single-use plastics to stay in business.
Canada’s new regulations prohibiting single-use plastics could severely impact Asian businesses that sell sauce or liquid products.
The regulations, announced on June 20 and set to take effect in December, aim to not only reduce environmental impacts such as plastic pollution and wildlife harm, but to shift Canada from a linear to a circular economy, where according to the regulations, the products will stay “in the economy and out of the environment.”
- Two men believed to be part of a South American theft ring were busted after a home burglary in Fishers, Indiana, on Tuesday night.
- Charly Sneider Benavides Mayorga, 34, and Jhon Jairo Munoz Lopera, 33, were reportedly found carrying fake IDs, passports and driver’s licenses bearing various jurisdictions.
- Police said the theft ring has been targeting high-end homes and Asian business owners in Indiana’s Hamilton and Marion Counties.
- Mayorga and Lopera, who have been charged with burglary, theft, resisting law enforcement and possession of false government identification, are currently being held at Hamilton County Jail.
Two men believed to be part of a South American theft ring were busted after a home burglary in Fishers, Indiana, on the night of July 4.
The incident occurred at a property in the 15600 block of Allistair Drive near 104th Street and Cyntheanne Road at around 10:30 p.m, according to reports.
FBI warns Asian business owners in New Jersey of ‘sophisticated criminal enterprises’ targeting them
- There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners in New Jersey over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI.
- The FBI warned Asian American business owners to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by numerous criminal groups monitoring their businesses.
- According to Ratta, Asian Americans are being targeted because of a belief that they do not utilize traditional banks, opting instead to keep their cash hidden in their residences.
- Ratta suggested community members keep their money in banks, install security systems and purchase license-reader devices to keep track of the license plate numbers of the cars near their homes.
The FBI warned Asian American business owners in New Jersey to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by sophisticated criminal groups.
There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI field office in Newark.
AAPI business owners in Portland call for action from police over string of break-ins and vandalisms
- The Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association gathered Asian American and Pacific Islander business owners in the Jade District for a meeting with law enforcement and elected officials at Powell’s Seafood Restaurant on Thursday.
- Business owners called for action and pleaded with police and city officials to put an end to the constant break-ins and property vandalisms that have left them living in fear.
- The city will be looking to hire 300 more officers in the next three years to reduce crime in the area.
- A funding of nearly $1 million has also been allocated to help business owners pay for damages caused by property vandalism.
Asian American and Pacific Islander business owners gathered to call for action from the police after multiple break-ins and vandalisms have left their community helpless in Portland.
The Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association gathered members of the AAPI community in the Jade District for a meeting with law enforcement and elected officials at Powell’s Seafood Restaurant on Thursday.
- Philadelphia police are looking for burglars who have allegedly targeted Asian businesses in the city and the neighboring Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County.
- Employees at a deli that fell victim to one of the burglaries said most of the targeted stores were Asian.
- The suspects, who were mostly caught on surveillance cameras, typically attacked in the early hours of the morning when the stores were still closed.
- One business suffered a total loss of $21,000 after three suspects broke gambling machines and cash registers.
Authorities are looking for a group of burglars who have allegedly targeted Asian-owned businesses in parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.
The burglaries, which took place in the 14th District, 35th District and Cheltenham Township, typically occurred in the wee hours of the morning while the stores were still closed.
A now-viral video shows 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Khai Wu standing up to a customer for verbally attacking an Asian business owner in Tracy, Calif.
What happened: In the video posted on Nov. 2 by journalist John Hyon Ko, the customer, who was blurred out, can be heard speaking to the boba shop owner in a condescending way for not selling sushi.
Updated June 24 at 10:25 a.m. EST
As looters overshadow peaceful nationwide protests with the Black Lives Matter movement over the murder of George Floyd, small Asian-owned businesses already struggling due to the pandemic are facing new challenges.
To help fight COVID-19, nail salons around the nation are donating masks, gloves and other supplies. When donated supplies run out, the nail salons are turned into spaces to sew masks to meet the demand.
Many businesses have been forced to close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many owners of nail salons in the US have decided to take matters into their own hands to help their communities by donating supplies, especially masks, to facilities in the neighborhood.
Let’s face it: flexing your Uniqlo fits is getting harder and harder now that every Asian seems to be wearing the brand. But don’t worry; your friends at NextShark have you covered.
The following nine brands address a wide amount of price ranges with different styles, from streetwear to classics. These brands are also all Asian-owned. We’d like to give a special shout out to @asiangirlsunited on Instagram for inspiring our list; you can check out a link to theirs below.