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Vietnamese American Bee Nguyen wins Democratic nomination for Georgia secretary of state

  • Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen (D, GA-89) defeated former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D, GA-91) in the primary runoff on Tuesday to become the official Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Georgia.
  • Nguyen is set to face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the general election in November.
  • “For the first time in our state’s history, an Asian American woman is going to be a nominee on a statewide ticket,” the 40-year-old said.
  • Nguyen, who became the first Vietnamese American elected to Georgia’s General Assembly when she was elected to the State House in 2017, will be the first Asian American elected to statewide office if she wins in November.

Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen (D, GA-89) is the official Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Georgia after she defeated former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D, GA-91) in the primary runoff on Tuesday. 

Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, is set to face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the general election in November. 

Filipino Georgia Tech students go viral with a modernized folk dance performance set to Lil Nas X song

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  • The Filipino Student Association of the Georgia Institute of Technology went viral on social media for their “Gen Z” rendition of the traditional Philippine folk dance “Tinikling.”
  • The group’s performance, which was uploaded to Facebook on April 18, has garnered more than 6 million views as of this writing.
  • As part of a cultural event, the students danced to the song “Dolla Sign Slime” by rapper Lil Nas X.
  • The “Tinikling” folk dance involves bamboo poles that are rhythmically tapped on the ground and knocked together repeatedly while dancers move in between the poles. It is traditionally performed to rondalla music.

A “Gen Z” performance of a traditional Philippine folk dance by students from Georgia Institute of Technology went viral on social media.

The university’s Filipino Student Association performed a modern interpretation of the “Tinikling” folk dance, the national dance of the Philippines, for a cultural event on April 16.

Georgia man uses his COVID-19 loan to purchase a $58,000 Pokémon card

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A businessman from Dublin, Georgia, is in hot water after allegedly lying in his COVID-19 relief loan application and then using most of the funds to purchase a Pokémon card. 

Like no one ever has: Vinath Oudomsine has been accused of misrepresenting his business’ revenue and its number of employees in his application for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which was submitted in July last year. He was charged with one count of wire fraud on Tuesday, reported The Telegraph.

12 charged for burglaries worth $2.1 million on Asian American victims in Georgia

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Twelve suspects were indicted earlier this month for targeting Asian American homes in Georgia’s Gwinnett County since 2019, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The allegations: The suspects are accused of forcing their way into the victims’ homes to steal money and designer valuables, including jewelry, watches and handbags. Overall, they managed to swipe about 200 items worth $2.1 million.

GA Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene vows to kick out every Chinese ‘loyal to CCP’ if she was in charge

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) would deport every last Chinese whose loyalty lies with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), if she had the power to do so.

Her plans: Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, made her comments last Wednesday on Steve Bannon’s show, “War Room: Pandemic.” Aside from deporting Chinese people, the lawmaker said she would also impose strict tariffs.

GoFundMe created for gay Asian man in coma after being brutally assaulted in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.

At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.

Here Are All the Crowdfund Campaigns for the Atlanta Shooting Victims

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On the evening of March 16, eight people were killed by Robert Aaron Long, 21, when he targeted three separate Asian-owned businesses in the Atlanta area.

Officials have since identified all the victims, including one who survived. As communities everywhere mourn the tragic losses, crowdfunding campaigns meant to help family members of the victims have started to appear. Here are the resources available to help those affected by the Atlanta shooting.

Police Captain Who Said Atlanta Shooter ‘Had a Bad Day’ Posted Anti-Asian Shirts on Facebook

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A police officer who received criticism for appearing to sympathize with the Atlanta mass shooting suspect was found to have made an anti-Asian post on Facebook.

Capt. Jay Baker, a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, sparked controversy Wednesday after stating that 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long was having “a really bad day” when he reportedly shot eight people dead the night before.