- Cockfighting, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death, is generating over a billion dollars in revenue for licensed operators.
- Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., which hosts round-the-clock matches, attracts about 60 billion pesos (approximately $1.16 billion) in monthly bets.
- A scandal involving the disappearance of 34 rooster handlers has attracted public scrutiny and prompted a legislative inquiry into the Philippine Senate.
- Filipino legislators recommended a temporary suspension of cockfighting, which President Duterte rejected.
- The government-owned corporation that authorizes gambling in the country, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp, reportedly collects as much as 640 million pesos (approximately $12.2 million) per month from licensed cockfighting operators.
Cockfighting has now become a billion-dollar industry in the Philippines months after going online.
Considered taboo and illegal in many countries, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death is a popular pastime dating back hundreds of years in the country.
Vietnamese American Margaret Vo Schaus is now the new chief financial officer for NASA after swearing-in on Wednesday.
The ceremony: In the statement published by NASA, Vo Schaus said she was “honored to be sworn in by Administrator Bill Nelson” during the ceremony.
Several Asian American celebrities and personalities have called out the 164 Republicans who voted against legislation that condemned anti-Asian hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voicing out: Celebrities and online personalities, including Hollywood actor Daniel Dae Kim, Philip Wang of Wongfu Productions, actor/producer Brian Yang and writer Celeste Ng, took to social media to call out the Republicans who voted no on the resolution.
California Congressman Ted Lieu, along with 149 members of Congress, is urging Attorney General William Barr to condemn anti-Asian discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Call to action: The 51-year-old politician, who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, wrote and sent a joint letter on July 20 to the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Bong Joon-ho, the Academy Award-winning director of “Parasite,” was reportedly blacklisted by the South Korean government four years ago for being too liberal.
Bong, along with his two other “Parasite” collaborators, actor Song Kang-ho and producer Miky Lee, were included on the list of 9,000 artists the South Korean government blacklisted in 2016, according to an op-ed by Korea expert S. Nathan Park in The Washington Post via Insider.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in Pakistan has gone viral on Twitter after a livestream showed officials using “cat filters.”
During the broadcast of the meeting, one viewer pointed out the problem and asked the administrator of the page to remove the filter on Facebook Live.
A part-time surveyor for the city of Dearborn, Michigan, is no longer working for the city as a result of the backlash he received for posting a racist comment on WXYZ Detroit’s Facebook post of a Muslim woman featured on Sports Illustrated.
The man in question, identified as Bill Larion, left a comment on the news channel’s Facebook post that says: “Cute picture should be on the cover Camels are us.”
YouTube Channel Asian Boss took to the streets of Beijing , the capital of China, to directly ask its citizens their thoughts on the concept or democracy, freedom and ultimately what they thought of their government.
Americans who travel to China may be detained without warning and cause while traveling to the People’s Republic of China in a recent travel advisory from the U.S. State Department.
This is a level two advisory that pushes for increased caution that include other countries such as France, Germany and Denmark.
The Japanese island of Okinawa has a new governor in Denny Tamaki, who won a total of 396,632 votes in the recent election.
The 58-year-old politician came out victorious against Atsushi Sakima from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with 316,458 votes.
The Department of Health & Human Services recently visited two government-owned sites in Arkansas that are believed to be near a concentration camp in Rohwer that was once used during World War II where many Japanese-Americans were imprisoned.
The purpose of this visit is to determine if whether these sites can be used as an immigrant detention facility, which came just a few hours after United States President Donald Trump backtracked his “zero-tolerance” policy and allow families who were caught crossing the U.S. Mexico border to be together.
After a crackdown on Winnie the Pooh, internet censors in China have been taking on popular British cartoon character Peppa Pig for its purported “negative influence” on Chinese society.
Users of the popular video-sharing platform Douyin have complained that clips of the character have reportedly vanished from the site.