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Madame Wu, legendary restaurateur who served Hollywood stars, dies at 106

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  • Chinese American restaurateur Sylvia Wu, owner of the renowned Madame Wu’s Garden in Santa Monica, California, died on Sept. 19 at the age of 106.
  • During its heyday, Madame Wu’s Garden attracted the biggest Hollywood celebrities with its eye-catching decor and kept them coming for its authentic Chinese cuisine.
  • Among the restaurant’s most notable patrons included Mae West, who loved the cold melon soup, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, who both preferred the shrimp toast and crab puffs, as well as Princess Grace of Monaco, who favored the Peking roast duck.
  • “Everybody in this town knows Madame Wu,” the late TV presenter Merv Griffin was quoted as saying. “One of the dearest, sweetest, most elegant women I’ve ever known.”
  • Wu, whose husband King Yan Wu died in 2011, is survived by her sons George and Patrick as well as numerous grandchildren.

Hollywood’s beloved restaurateur Sylvia Wu has died at the age of 106. 

Wu, who spent four decades delighting celebrity diners at her Southern California restaurant Madame Wu’s Garden, died on Sept. 19.

Trailblazing Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres says he’s no ‘Asian American role model’

Ben Fong Torres
  • NextShark sat down with legendary journalist Ben Fong-Torres, who gained worldwide recognition for his work as an early writer for Rolling Stone magazine, to talk about his documentary, “Like a Rolling Stone: the Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres,” which chronicles his career spanning from the ‘60s to today.
  • He explains that “it’s not a rock doc, it’s not a Chinese American story,” but a “recollection” of ‘60s protest, referring to the wild decade of rock and roll, fight for civil rights and war.
  • The documentary took director Suzanne Joe Kai over ten years of research and compiling footage of past interviews to complete.
  • Fong-Torres is heavily credited with shaping and bringing Rolling Stone to the level of prestige it is widely recognized for today, even while he insists he is no Chinese American role model.

Legendary journalist and renowned former Rolling Stone magazine journalist Ben Fong-Torres explains that his new Netflix documentary is “not a rock doc, it’s not a Chinese American story” but rather a “recollection” of 1960s protest.

The ’60s marked a significant period in American history, with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the civil rights movement, among others. This war-ridden period also saw some of history’s greatest musical talents, with Elvis Presley and the Beatles dominating the charts.

US-born Olympian Nathan Chen called a ‘traitor’ on Chinese social media

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  • Chinese social media users have branded Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen a “traitor” for representing the United States at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
  • On Weibo, users deemed the 22-year-old figure skating star as “too white” and “Americanized” while also accusing him of “insulting China” for his previous actions.
  • Chen’s critics pointed to his support for fellow athletes who have condemned the alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and his inability to speak fluent Mandarin.
  • Some critics have unfavorably compared Chen to 18-year-old freestyle skier Eileen Gu and 19-year-old figure skater Zhu Yi, two U.S. born athletes competing for Team China at the Winter Olympics.
  • Chen stated that his lack of access to local social media in China has helped him avoid being affected by his critics.

Social media users in China are blasting Chinese American figure skating star Nathan Chen, with many calling him a “traitor” for representing the United States at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

Chen drew heavy criticism on Chinese social media platform Weibo after winning his first Olympic gold medal in the individual figure skating program and helping the U.S. team secure the silver medal in the team figure skating competition last week, reported Yahoo Sports

‘It really starts with one person’: Eva Chen talks anti-Asian hate and the power of self-acceptance

Eva Chen Interview
  • Bestselling children’s book author and fashion influencer Eva Chen discusses her latest book, “I Am Golden,” which explores her Chinese identity.
  • The experience of living through the anti-Asian hate of the COVID19 pandemic pushed Chen to write a book that she hopes inspires children to embrace their true selves.
  • The book, which comes out Feb. 1, helped Chen process and understand what it means to be Chinese American for herself and her children.

Eva Chen, bestselling author and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, discusses the immigrant experience, being authentic to yourself and the model minority myth ahead of the release of her new book “I Am Golden.”

You might not know exactly how you first encountered Eva Chen, but chances are you’d recognize her. The former editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine, current director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and New York Times bestselling author can be spotted yearly at the MET Gala, at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks and on Netflix’s “Next in Fashion” co-starring with famous friends. 

Academy Museum offers viewers rare chance to see acting legend Anna May Wong’s movies on the big screen

Chinese American acting legend Anna May Wong

What is Asian representation in Hollywood? That’s the question the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles was faced with when it decided to host the film series “Beyond the Icon: Anna May Wong.”

From now until Nov. 27, the museum is honoring Anna May Wong — Gemma Chan’s iconic style influence at the Met Gala earlier this year — as the first Chinese American star in Hollywood. The series will feature some of Wong’s greatest works such as “The Toll of the Sea,” in which she landed her first lead role. The film will be shown on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Nathan Chen Becomes the First Man to Win 5 Consecutive Championships in 60 Years

Nathan Chen

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly report that Nathan Chen is the first man to win five consecutive figure skating championships. Michelle Kwan holds the record for the most consecutive U.S. titles at eight and most consecutive U.S. Championship medals at 12.

Chinese American figure skater Nathan Chen remains undefeated, becoming the first man to win five consecutive figure skating championships since two-time Olympic champion Dick Button over 60 years ago.

Chinese Americans Unite Over WeChat to Fight COVID-19 in NY Despite Experiencing Abuse

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A New York Times article has compiled a list of Chinese American associations and groups who have raised funds to secure and donate masks to New York hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite the current climate and the increased number of hate crimes and racially-charged attacks targeted at Asians, Asian Americans are stepping up to combat the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.

What It’s Like Being Chinese in America Right Now

To be honest, I didn’t believe that the virus could come to America. When it first appeared in Wuhan, China, and later spread rapidly and killed thousands, I still didn’t believe it would come here. Not America. I admit I had a “white-superiority” kind of mindset, which is so stupid in hindsight. As you can see from my last name, I am not white. I am Chinese American. I am a world of both. I am also a world of neither. 

Viruses don’t discriminate. When later it spread to neighboring countries such as Japan and Korea, I started to worry. But it was only until the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the virus as a pandemic that I seriously started stocking up on food and other essentials. I was initially reluctant to stock on food because I thought it would be alright here. I even scoffed at all the Asian people in my community panic-buying rice at Costco to the point that they sold out. I’m still not sure why I felt that way though. Perhaps, I was too afraid to acknowledge the gravity of the situation.