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Republican Indiana governor is latest US official to visit Taiwan

  • Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) announced his arrival in Taiwan and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday.
  • Holcomb led a delegation in Taiwan as part of an “economic development trip" to the self-governing island and later to South Korea.
  • “I couldn’t be more energized to spend this week building new relationships, reinforcing long time ones and strengthening key sector partnerships with Taiwan and South Korea,” Holcomb said in a statement.
  • “This week marks my second trip to South Korea as Governor, and I am also proud to be the first U.S. governor to visit Taiwan since before the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m committed to building an economy of the future with these global partners who are helping propel Indiana forward by creating tomorrow’s businesses, today.”
  • The trip came after Taiwan-based chip manufacturing company MediaTek announced its plans to open a design center in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.
  • The Taiwan visit also came after the recent signing of the CHIPS Act, a bipartisan law that would strengthen semiconductor chip manufacturing in the U.S., on Aug. 9.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) recently became the latest American politician to visit Taiwan.

Holcomb confirmed his arrival and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday. Holcomb arrived with a delegation, including Indiana’s commerce secretary, as part of an “economic development trip” to Taiwan and South Korea.

Notre Dame announces Asian American sophomore Tyler Buchner as starting quarterback

  • Tyler Buchner, an Asian American sophomore playing for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, has been tapped to lead the intercollegiate football team as its starting quarterback during the 2022 season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 3.
  • Buchner, 19, beat Notre Dame junior Drew Pyne for the position.
  • The team announced the news at a press conference on Saturday.
  • “Drew made it extremely difficult. Those guys both can give us a chance to win both of them,” Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman told reporters. “We just think that Tyler brings an element, a dynamic element with his feet, the ability to extend plays to have a QB running game that really kind of added into this decision.”
  • Buchner, a four-star recruit out of La Jolla, California, was recently declared by ESPN as one of the 25 most important players in the College Football Playoff race.
  • As a first-year student at Notre Dame, Buchner played 10 games as a backup during the 2021 season, where he completed three touchdowns with three interceptions as well as 21-of-35 passes for 298 yards. He also notably rushed 46 times for 336 yards.

Asian American university sophomore Tyler Buchner is set to play as the starting quarterback in the 2022 season opener against Ohio State next month, the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, announced over the weekend.

In a press conference on Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced that Buchner, 19, will be playing as its starting quarterback when the intercollegiate football team faces off against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 3. Buchner beat Notre Dame junior Drew Pyne for the position.

Teen allegedly plotted to kill 14 people connected with his conviction for attack on girl at violin camp

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A South Korean teen who attacked a 13-year-old girl with a knife at a violin camp at Indiana University allegedly tried to hire his cellmate at Clay County Jail in Brazil, Indiana, to kill 14 people, including the victim’s parents.

The conspiracy: Dongwook Ko, 19, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder on Friday for allegedly trying to pay his cellmate $20,000, as well as his $2,500 bail, to torture and murder those connected to his 2019 conviction, according to The Herald Times.

Sikh community demands answers after FBI says Indianapolis FedEx shooting NOT a hate crime

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A shooting that killed eight victims including four Sikh Americans at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis in April was not motivated by hate, the FBI and local authorities announced on Wednesday.

Investigation results: After going through 120 interviews and 150 pieces of evidence, investigators found no evidence that the suspect Brandon Scott Hole committed his crimes “to address perceived injustices or to advance an ideology.” Instead, they concluded that the 19-year-old — who killed himself after murdering his victims — performed “an act of suicidal murder,” according to the Indianapolis Star.

3 Suspects Arrested in Death of 55-Year-Old Asian American Man

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a GoFundMe to help support Shane Nguyen’s family. Details about Nguyen’s death, which was first reported by WANE, have also been corrected to clarify that he died of blunt force injury to the head prior to his dismembered body being found in the crashed vehicle.

All three suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of a Vietnamese American man, who was initially reported as missing over the weekend in Indiana. 

Indianapolis Community Remembers the 8 Victims of FedEx Shooting

Eight people were killed in the shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, four of whom belonged to the Sikh community.

It is with heavy hearts that we remember those that were killed in the Indianapolis shooting including four members of our #Sikh community, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, Jaswinder Singh, Jasvinder Kaur and Amarjit Sekhon. #stopasianhate #waheguru @tdsb pic.twitter.com/2EOr5dnXCS

8 Killed in Indianapolis FedEx Shooting, Including ‘Significant’ Number of Sikh Employees

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More details are being released about a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis where eight people lost their lives on Friday, including members of the Sikh community.

The details: Eight people were fatally shot, four inside and four outside the warehouse, while five others were injured and rushed to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Indiana Woman Charged for Confining Asian Girls In Home That Smelled Like ‘Rotten Flesh’

A woman from Decatur, Indiana, was recently charged with felony neglect for confining two teenage Asian girls inside their home in the 1000 block of Twin Lakes Drive for 15 years.

Mary Heller was arrested by the authorities for neglecting the two teenagers and confining them for years inside the house. She failed to educate them, and sometimes forgot to feed them, according to WANE-TV.