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Bangladeshi student pushed to her death in front of oncoming New York City subway

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  • Zinat Hossain, 24, died after being pushed by robbers into the path of an oncoming subway train at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue station in New York City last week, according to reports.
  • Police believe the robbers were trying to steal her bag before she was reportedly pushed.
  • Dr. Enamul Haque, Hossain’s uncle and president of the Greater Comilla Association in New York, said his niece had been living with her parents in Brooklyn since 2016. She attended Hunter College and was reportedly heading home at the time of the incident.
  • Hossain’s death comes nearly four months after Michelle Go faced a similar death at Times Square-42nd Street station.
  • Police have yet to identify the suspects. Whether the attack was a hate crime is also yet to be determined.

A Bangladeshi student died after being pushed by robbers into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York City last week, according to reports.

Zinat Hossain, 24, was crushed under the train at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue station at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Police believe the robbers were trying to steal her bag before she was allegedly pushed.

Mayor Adams announces New York City’s first-ever annual AAPI Cultural and Heritage Parade

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  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade to be held in Manhattan on May 15.
  • The parade, in honor of AAPI Heritage month, will begin at 10:45 a.m. on 6th Avenue and will head north from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.
  • The celebration highlights the Big Apple as the home of the second-largest AAPI population in the U.S. and will pay tribute to the Asian community amid the wave of anti-Asian attacks and hate crimes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The event will take place the day after the city’s first Japan Day parade at Manhattan’s Central Park West.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade will be held in Manhattan this weekend.

The parade, which will honor AAPI Heritage month, is set for this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and is expected to travel up 6th Avenue from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.

Queer Asian director releases trailer for film based on her experiences in NYC’s Asian rave scene

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  • “All I Want Is Everything,” a short film based on its director’s experiences in New York City’s queer Asian rave scene and her parents’ immigrant story, has released a new trailer.
  • Allie Cuerdo said she wanted to create a fictional movie based on her time “throwing raves with the radical party collective BUBBLE_T,” a safe space for queer Asian nightlife “where we can destroy the model minority myth.”
  • The trailer for the 17-minute film follows Alice Kim, an undocumented teen who wants to make her parents proud but also is trying to take ownership of her life and make her own choices.
  • “All I Want Is Everything” is led by an “over 70% queer, female and Asian” cast and crew, according to Cuerdo.
  • The film will make its debut on May 13 at Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles.

A trailer has been released for “All I Want Is Everything,” a film inspired by its director’s experiences in New York City’s Asian dance party scene and her parents’ immigrant story.

Chinese/Filipino American filmmaker Allie Cuerdo told Them that she wanted to create a movie based on her time “throwing raves with the radical party collective BUBBLE_T,” a safe space for queer Asian nightlife “where we can destroy the model minority myth.”

Chinese food delivery worker punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off order in Brooklyn

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  • A Chinese food delivery worker was reportedly punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off an order in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
  • Surveillance footage shows a pair of suspects cornering the victim at gunpoint and searching his pockets for valuables.
  • The duo took the victim’s phone, $5 in cash and the food he was supposed to deliver, according to the authorities.
  • The victim reportedly chased the suspects, and one of them opened fire in his direction.
  • No one was shot during the incident, and the victim declined medical treatment.
  • Police are still looking for the suspects, who wore hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks.

A Chinese food delivery worker was reportedly punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off an order in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The victim, 36, was in the vestibule of an apartment building on Lefferts Avenue in Crown Heights at around 9:30 p.m. when a pair of men cornered him at gunpoint.

Ralph Lauren accused of plagiarizing Malaysian designer Datuk Zang Toi’s NYC cape design

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  • Internet users have accused Ralph Lauren of copying Malaysian designer Zang Toi Baduk to create Alicia Keys’ Met Gala cape.
  • At the Gala on Monday, Keys wore a flowy, floor-length black cape featuring a bedazzled New York City skyline.
  • During his Autumn/Winter show for New York Fashion Week in February 2020, Zang Toi showcased a white floor-length cape design with a black cityline of NYC, inspired “by [his] love for [his] adopted home.”
  • Zang Toi said that this incident “isn’t the first time” in which his designs have been copied.

People online have claimed that Ralph Lauren’s cape design for Alicia Keys’ Met Gala outfit was a “knockoff” of a piece by Malaysian designer Zang Toi Datuk.

Keys wore a floor-length black cape featuring a bedazzled New York City skyline to the Gala on Monday. When internet users saw Keys’ outfit, many pointed out that the cape strongly resembled another designed by Zang Toi. 

New York City Council holds hearing on wave of anti-Asian hate crimes

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  • New York City Council members convened on Tuesday for a hearing to address ongoing local anti-Asian hate issues.
  • The hearing was conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety.
  • According to Christopher Marte, a member who represents Chinatown and sits on the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the hearing questioned New York City Police Department officials and members of the city’s Commission on Human Rights.
  • Councilmember Julie Won used her time during the hearing to ask about reports that the NYPD Hate Crimes Bureau downplayed incidents of anti-Asian hate brought to them.

New York City Council members met Tuesday at a hearing to address the continuous local anti-Asian hate crimes.

The hearing, jointly conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety, aimed to address “what progress, if any, has been made in regards to the city’s response to the widespread hate, and where there is room for improvement,” an email announcement said.

Queens girl, 14, may be paralyzed after being hit by stray bullet from gang-related gunfire

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  • Kaitlyn Lau, 14, was shot in the neck from gang-related gunfire as she was walking home from school in the Queens’ neighborhood of Fresh Meadows last Wednesday.
  • The shooting, which remains under investigation, reportedly started after four men exited from two cars that pulled up next to a group of 10 to 12 teens at 188th St. near 186th Ln. at around 4 P.M.
  • After a verbal argument, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fired several times at the group before fleeing the scene in a dark gray sedan.
  • Lau, who is not believed to have been part of the group, was rushed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in critical condition.
  • “The doctors were unable to safely remove the bullet, and their prognosis is that she may be paralyzed below the neck for the rest of her life,” a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to Lau read.
  • Also hurt in the shooting were 18-year-olds Ahmed Khalji and Rikhai Connell, who were also immediately brought to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Local authorities in Queens are investigating a shooting that took place in the neighborhood of Fresh Meadows on Wednesday that wounded three teens, including a 14-year-old bystander.

Kaitlyn Lau, who was shot in the neck while walking home from school, was likely an unintended victim of gang-related gunfire, according to initial reports

NYC repeat offender who hit Asian man with a hammer indicted on hate crime charges

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  • Christian Jeffers, 48, was indicted on hate crime charges in connection with a violent attack against an Asian man on March 8, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
  • The incident, which occurred on a Chelsea subway platform, allegedly saw Jeffers strike the 29-year-old victim with a hammer after they bumped into each other and got into an argument.
  • Before whacking the victim, Jeffers allegedly told him, “You can’t see me? You don’t have eyes?”
  • While being arrested, Jeffers allegedly used racial slurs against Asian and Hispanic officers and threatened to go on a killing spree.
  • Jeffers was reported to have 52 prior arrests and was most recently released on parole last June.

A suspect accused of striking an Asian man with a hammer on a Manhattan subway platform on March 8 has been indicted on hate crime charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

Christian Jeffers, 48, who identifies as a woman, was arrested a day after the incident had occurred on the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line in Chelsea.

New York City to host its first-ever Japanese heritage parade 

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  • New York will have its first-ever Japan Day Parade on May 14 to honor residents of Japanese descent and their culture.
  • While the metropolitan area has previously seen celebrations such as the Japan Day festival at Central Park, the parade’s organizers said bringing the festivities to the streets will reach more people.
  • The parade, which was originally scheduled to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will start at 1 p.m. at Central Park West on 81st St. and will end at 68th St.
  • There will also be a street fair operating along 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West from 1:00 p.m. to around 4:30 p.m.
  • Actor and activist George Takei will be the grand marshal of the event, which expects over 1,700 participants, including members of martial arts groups, dance troupes and music ensembles.
  • Ambassador Mikio Mori, the Japanese consul-general in New York, said the event’s postponed date “creates big momentum to make it better, to celebrate the recovery from the pandemic, as well as appreciation from the Japanese community to the city of New York."

New York will have its first-ever Japan Day Parade on May 14 to honor residents of Japanese descent and their culture.

The parade will see over 1,700 members of the Japanese and Japanese American communities in the New York metropolitan area marching in solidarity.

Gunman at large after 10 people shot, 29 left injured during NYC morning commute in Sunset Park

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  • Ten people were shot and at least 29 people injured at a subway station during the Tuesday morning rush hour in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, New York.
  • The shooting occurred at 36th Street Station around 8:24 a.m., according to the New York Police Department.
  • A male suspect took a canister out of his bag, and the train filled with smoke before he opened fire.
  • It is not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time, NYC Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said during an afternoon press conference.
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul was also present at the press conference and asked New Yorkers to be “vigilant and alert,” as the shooter is still at large.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include videos and a quote from NYC commuter Will Wylde.

Several people were shot and at least 29 people injured at a subway station during the Tuesday morning rush hour in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Man wanted for fatal stabbing in gambling den in Manhattan’s Chinatown

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  • Shen Bin Weng, 55, is accused of fatally stabbing Qi Rui Weng, 58, after an apparent argument inside a gambling den in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Monday.
  • A surveillance video before the attack shows Shen passing through a kitchen supply store with a large knife in one hand.
  • Qi, who was found in a restroom with a knife still plunged into his torso, was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.
  • After the attack, Shen was seen in another surveillance video with what appeared to be bloodstained hands.
  • Police have offered a $3,500 reward for information on the incident.

New York City police have identified a suspect in a homicide case at a gambling den in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Monday.

Shen Bin Weng, 55, is accused of fatally stabbing Qi Rui Weng, 58, after an apparent argument at 125 Division Street near Orchard Street at around 4:30 p.m. The two men are unrelated, police said.

Elderly Asian woman stabbed in the back outside her home in NYC a day before her 71st birthday

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  • Brooklyn resident Fang Mei Lin, 70, was reportedly stabbed by an unidentified assailant just outside her home near 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park at around 1 p.m. on March 30.
  • The suspect used an unknown object to stab Lin in the back and narrowly missed her right kidney, according to reports.
  • Lin claimed that no words were exchanged during the incident, which occurred the day before her 71st birthday.
  • New York police released a surveillance image of the suspect on Wednesday.

An elderly Asian woman was stabbed in the back in a purportedly unprovoked attack just outside her Brooklyn home late last month, police announced on Wednesday.

The incident occurred near 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park on March 30 at around 1 p.m. Fang Mei Lin, 70, was heading home to pick up a medication delivery.

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