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4 trailblazers whose work shaped the APA community today

This Asian American Pacific Heritage Month (APAHM), through colorful illustrations by artist Michelle Lam (MewTripled), we honor four icons whose legacies continue to impact us today. 

Who to thank for APAHM

Jeanie Jew, a former Capitol Hill staffer and board member of the nonprofit Organization of Chinese Americans-Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA-APAA), was a determined force that championed groundbreaking policies and transformed representation of the APA community in the U.S.

‘Poor old uncle had to clean’: Teens who filmed messy ‘pranks’ in Singapore McDonalds draw criticism

  • Social media users are criticizing a group of teens who made a mess while pulling pranks inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Singapore.
  • The stunts involved a boy slapping his face with ice cream and another teen pouring two cups of water onto himself while two girls filmed him. 
  • In both of the stunts, the teens left a mess for the restaurant staff to clean up.
  • Commenters criticized the teens for their behavior, which some attributed to poor parenting.

Social media users are denouncing the actions of a group of teens in Singapore who filmed themselves pulling pranks inside a McDonald’s restaurant at Punggol Safra.

Facebook page Singapore Incidents shared a clip on Monday showing a teen boy carrying two cups of water and then pouring the contents onto himself while inside the fast food restaurant. Two girls can be seen filming the boy as he does the stunt. Immediately after the act, the group bolts out of the restaurant running.

McDonald’s ​​Szechuan Sauce is coming back for only the fourth time ever

McD sauce
  • McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, which was first released over 20 years ago as a part of its promotion for the 1998 Disney animated film “Mulan,” will be back beginning March 31 for only the fourth time ever, with limited availability.
  • The sauce will be available exclusively on the McDonald’s app as one of the sauce options to accompany any orders of Chicken McNuggets.
  • The fast food company also brought the product back in 2017 after an episode of Cartoon Network's “Rick & Morty” featured the sauce during Rick’s time-travel to a McDonald's in 1998. The reference drove many fans of the show to petition the chain to bring it back, which McDonald’s did for a single day in the U.S. on Oct. 7 that year.
  • The viral popularity of the Szechuan Sauce also drove McDonald’s to bring it back on Feb. 26, 2018 with 20 million packets across U.S. restaurants.

McDonald’s is bringing back its ​​Szechuan Sauce, which was first released over 20 years ago as a part of their promotion for the 1998 Disney animated film “Mulan.”

McDonald’s first hinted at the news on their official Twitter account on March 19 with an image that reads, “Sauce Drop,” above the phone number 707-932-4826, which subtly spells out 70S-ZEC-HUAN.

Learn your 2022 Chinese Zodiac fortunes in McDonald’s feng shui-informed VR hall designed by Humberto Leon

  • American fast food company McDonald’s created a Virtual Reality (VR) Zodiac space to showcase the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
  • Designer Humberto Leon, a co-founder of street fashion brand Opening Ceremony, collaborated with McDonald’s and talked to NextShark about what the experience meant to him.
  • “The exciting thing about being Asian American is that we really get to bring our Asian culture to the American landscape, and that’s what makes us American.”
  • The exhibition is open Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2022 for the entirety of the two-week Lunar New Year celebrations.

McDonald’s collaborated with designer Humberto Leon, a co-founder of street fashion brand Opening Ceremony, to design a virtual reality hall of Chinese Zodiac signs.

The fully virtual exhibition showcases the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Visitors to the space can explore each sign, the birth years of that sign, as well as their fortune for the year. In conversation with NextShark, Leon explained the ways visitors can interact with the space. 

‘McFitness’: Video of customer chowing down while on stationary bike table at McDonald’s goes viral

McFitness McDonalds Stationary Bike

A TikTok of a customer dining while exercising on a stationary bike with a table at a McDonald’s restaurant in China is going viral.

The innovative feature: The video, which was uploaded by TikTok user @cris13yu on Dec. 16, has garnered more than 34 million views and over 2.2 million likes as of this writing.  

The world’s most expensive McDonald’s menu item costs $27.19

McDonald's meals

In countless countries around the world, McDonald’s is a go-to option for a quick, affordable meal. A recent study, however, has pinpointed the places where you can find McDonald’s items that have costs falling on the extreme ends between $0.48 and $21.89.

Worth a fortune: According to a recent study by Expensivity, the world’s most expensive McDonald’s item is Lebanon’s Grand Chicken Special ($27.19).

Saweetie Sparks Wave of Asian Representation with #TheSaweetieMeal at McDonald’s

Platinum hip-hop artist Saweetie has been a trailblazer since her breakthrough song “ICY GRL” dropped three years ago. Today, the 28-year-old artist is an icon for Asian American representation in hip-hop and the most recent face of McDonald’s popular celebrity meals.

Saweetie, born Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, is Filipina Chinese and African American. She has honored her diverse heritage by supporting Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate, amplifying issues that are unique to and shared by both communities through her influence.

The Saweetie Meal is Dropping at McDonald’s!

Filipina Chinese and African American platinum artist Saweetie is bringing her favorite order to McDonald’s starting August 9!

The Saweetie Meal features a Big Mac, a 4-piece chicken McNuggets, a medium fries, Sprite, and BBQ and the classic sauce specially renamed the “Saweetie ‘N Sour” sauce. The meal will also come in Saweetie-inspired packaging that icy gang will love!

McDonald’s APA Next program features mental health services for students, advice from AAPI figures


McDonald’s launched an initiative that will help Asian American students reach their educational goals and provide personal stories from AAPI figures such as actress Ally Maki, activist Amanda Nguyen and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Versha Sharma.

The initiative: The program, titled “APA Next,”  was designed to “empower and uplift students through their academic journey by providing tools and resources to help them succeed,” according to The College Post.