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NYC admission lottery system sees Asian students less likely to land in their desired high schools than their counterparts: report

  • In a new lottery-style admission system, Asian students are 20 percent less likely to be admitted into one of their top fiveNew York City school choices as compared to their Black and Latinx student counterparts.
  • According to the New York City school admission results released by the Department of Education, among the 12,082 Asian students applying for first-year seats in city schools for the Fall of 2022, only 8,484 secured a selection from one of their top five choices.
  • Seventy percent of Asian applicants received placement in one of their top five choices, as compared to 90% of Black applicants and 89% of Latinx ones.
  • If the summary results are narrowed down to top three choices, 58% of Asian students received admittance from one of their top three choices, while 82% of Black and 80% of Latinx students received the same.
  • The issue of equity has lawmakers and community leaders divided, with many Asian American families vocalizing their frustrations at a system that they allege heavily disadvantages them in the application process.

In a new lottery-style admission system, Asian students are 20 percent less likely to be admitted into one of their top five New York City high school choices as compared to their Black and Latinx student counterparts.

According to the New York City school admission results released by the Department of Education, among the 12,082 Asian students applying for first-year seats in public city high schools for the Fall of 2022, only 8,484 secured a selection from one of their top five choices. 

NYPD looking for woman seen in video pepper-spraying four Asian women in broad daylight

  • The New York City Police Department is searching for a woman who pepper-sprayed four Asian women in the Meatpacking District on Saturday.
  • The Asian women, who chose to remain anonymous, told NextShark that the attacker hurled racial insults and then charged at them with the spray in an unprovoked attack.
  • The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The New York City Police Department is looking for a woman who assaulted four Asian women with pepper spray in a broad daylight attack in the Meatpacking District on Saturday.

The four women, between the ages of 24 to 25, chose to remain anonymous out of concern for their personal and professional lives. One of the women, identified as Nicole, told NextShark that the attack occurred at around 6:03 p.m. EST.

ABC issues apology for mistaking NYC Asian American activist for Michelle Go

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  • ABC News misidentified New York City community activist Grace Lee as the late Michelle Go in a primetime program.
  • Grace spoke to ABC News during a segment on the vigil for Christina Yuna Lee, who was fatally stabbed barely a month after Go was killed.
  • After catching the error on TV, Grace took to Twitter to call out ABC News, saying their mistake “further invisibilizes Asian women.”
  • On Tuesday, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a nonprofit organization, announced that ABC News had apologized for their mistake.

ABC News has reportedly apologized for misidentifying a community activist in New York City as Michelle Go, the 40-year-old woman who was shoved into the path of an oncoming subway train.

The error appeared during a segment on the recent vigil for Christina Yuna Lee, which aired on “News Live Prime” with Linsey Davis on Feb. 14. Christina, 35, was fatally stabbed in her Chinatown apartment the day before.

Woman stabbed to death in her NYC Chinatown apartment by suspect who followed her into her building

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  • Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was found covered in blood in her Chinatown apartment early on Sunday.
  • Her alleged killer, 25-year-old Assamad Nash, was reported to be a homeless career criminal who was charged with damaging 27 MetroCard machines last month.
  • Mayor Eric Adams denounced the incident while pointing out that the “conditions that created him [Nash] remain.”
  • The incident occurred less than a month after Michelle Go was shoved into the path of an oncoming subway train in Manhattan.
  • The case is currently not being investigated as a hate crime.

Warning: This article contains descriptions of stalking and violence some readers may find disturbing.

New York City residents expressed shock and outrage on Sunday after an Asian woman was fatally stabbed by a man with a lengthy rap sheet, which included 27 charges from a single arrest last month.

Suspect is charged with murder as a hate crime after Yao Pan Ma dies months later

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  • Jarrod Powell, 50, was charged with murder as a hate crime on Thursday for the brutal attack that led to the death of 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma.
  • The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred along New York City’s East 125th Street and Third Avenue on April 23, 2021.
  • Ma suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in multiple care facilities until his death on Dec. 31, 2021.
  • After his arrest, Powell claimed that he was retaliating against Ma, whom he accused of robbing him the day before.
  • Powell is currently held on Rikers Island on a $3 million bail or a $9 million bond.

A man accused of brutally attacking an elderly Asian man in New York City last April has been charged with murder as a hate crime on Thursday.

Jarrod Powell, 50, has been detained on Rikers Island since his arrest after the incident, which left 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma fighting for his life until his death last December.

South Korean diplomat has his nose broken by ‘unprovoked’ punch in NYC

  • An unidentified South Korean diplomat was punched in the face in Midtown Manhattan in New York City on Wednesday evening in what police are calling an “unprovoked” incident.
  • “Upon arrival, officers observed a 52-year-old male, with pain and swelling to his face,” police told NextShark in a statement.
  • There has been no arrest, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
  • The attack is currently not being investigated as a hate crime.
  • "Over the past year, we’ve seen a rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community that is abhorrent and cannot continue," New York City Councilman Keith Powers said in response to the incident.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a statement from a United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) spokesperson.

A South Korean diplomat was punched in the face in Midtown Manhattan in New York City on Wednesday evening in what police are calling an “unprovoked” attack.

Protesters urge Mayor Adams to stop looming construction of 30-story ‘mega jail’ in Manhattan’s Chinatown

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  • Protesters took to the streets on Sunday to oppose the construction of a 295-foot-tall detention complex in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
  • Former Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed the plan in 2017 as a replacement for Rikers Island, along with three other jails in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
  • Mayor Eric Adams vowed not to build the jail while campaigning for office, but the plan is scheduled to proceed in two weeks.

Over a hundred protesters held a rally against a 30-story detention complex planned for Manhattan’s Chinatown on Sunday, saying it will tarnish the historic neighborhood.

The construction of a 295-foot tall “mega jail,” is scheduled to begin in two weeks at 125 White St., replacing the current Manhattan Detention Complex — also known as “The Tombs” — that sits next to the Chung Pak senior residence center.

‘Asian Lives Matter’: Protest against anti-Asian attacks erupts in NYC Chinatown after Michelle Go vigil

  • More than 100 protesters reportedly gathered in Chinatown to denounce the rise in anti-Asian attacks.
  • While Michelle Go’s death is currently not being investigated as a hate crime, it has nonetheless worsened fears of violence throughout Asian American communities.
  • Protesters pleaded for help from Mayor Eric Adams, who insisted that subways are safe before admitting that he himself felt unsafe during a ride.
  • Republican radio host Curtis Sliwa, who lost to Adams in the mayoral election — but won big among Asian American voters — attended the protest and is now criticizing the mayor on Twitter.

Two days after hundreds came together to honor Michelle Go’s memory in Times Square, protesters took to Chinatown to call for help combatting the surge in anti-Asian attacks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go, 40, was shoved to her death in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square-42nd Street subway station on Jan. 15. The homeless advocate of over 10 years was allegedly killed by 61-year-old Simon Martial, a mentally ill, homeless man with a decades-long rap sheet.

‘It’s time for us to come together’: Hundreds gather to honor Michelle Go at Times Square candlelight vigil

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  • Hundreds of people, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams and other elected officials, attended Asians Fighting Injustice’s vigil held at Times Square in remembrance of Michelle Go, who was fatally shoved in front of a subway on Saturday.
  • Friends and family recalled the life of Go, and officials advocated for justice and the safety of the city’s diverse citizens.
  • The Asian American Foundation released a statement of its action plan in pursuit of solutions for keeping the AAPI community safe from hate crimes and violence.

Hundreds of people gathered in Times Square on Tuesday to remember the life of Michelle Go and to advocate for public safety.

Michelle Go’s Vigil

75-year-old Asian woman injured after being tackled to the ground from behind in unprovoked NYC assault

  • The victim, 75, was tackled to the concrete pavement for no apparent reason.
  • The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, shows the suspect fleeing the scene after shoving the victim.
  • It occurred a day before Korean American Day, when another Korean victim got robbed and attacked in New York City.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that the incident, which occurred on Jan. 12, did not occur on Korean American Day, the following day.

A 75-year-old Korean woman was rushed to a hospital after sustaining head injuries from a random attack in Queens’ Forest Hills neighborhood on Jan. 12, a day before the 119th Korean American Day.