- Arkansas has recognized October as Filipino American History Month for the first time in its history.
- The recognition reportedly came in the form of official proclamations issued by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state capital of Little Rock.
- Joshua Ang Price, deputy director of Arkansas United, an immigrant-focused nonprofit, is credited for leading the petition for the recognition at the city, county and state levels.
- The proclamation recognized that 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers had served in World War II under General Douglas MacArthur, who was a native of Little Rock.
- It also encouraged the public to “recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Filipino American men and women in our communities.”
For the first time in its history, Arkansas has recognized October as Filipino American History Month.
The recognition came in the form of official proclamations issued by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state capital of Little Rock, according to KATV.
A viral video of a Texas student choking an Indian American peer has sparked a petition against the aggressor.
In a video circulating online, Shaan Pritmani can be seen being assaulted and choked by a white student in the cafeteria of Coppell Middle School in Texas on May 11.
Over 100,000 sign petition to free British geologist facing death penalty in Iraq for taking pottery shards
Over 100,000 petitioners are urging the U.K. government to help save a retired British geologist currently facing the death penalty in Iraq.
Jim Fitton, 66, has been accused of trying to smuggle historic artifacts out of the Middle Eastern country and has been detained there for five weeks.
‘I will continue to be brave’: Surviving WWII Filipino ‘comfort women’ fight for recognition, apology
- The remaining Filipino women who were forced into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan during World War II are planning to submit a petition to newly elected members of the Philippine government.
- This petition will demand the Philippines’ next administration to “grant recognition to the [survivors’] official plight.”
- These survivors, who are euphemistically called “comfort women,” were abducted and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of military personnel during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.
- Members of Lila Pilipina (League of Philippine Lolas), an organization founded in 1994 by surviving comfort women and their supporters, are still fighting for a formal apology from Japan, as well as an official position from the Philippine government that condemns the Imperial Japanese Army’s actions.
The remaining Filipino survivors who were forced into sexual slavery by Imperial Japan during World War II are planning to submit a petition for justice to be served.
The survivors, who are euphemistically called “comfort women,” were abducted and coerced into sexual slavery for the gratification of military personnel during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.
- Netflix’s live-action series “Cowboy Bebop,” starring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda, was recently canceled following a steep decline in viewership just weeks after its premiere.
- An online petition to renew the show for a second season has so far collected over 100,000 signatures on Change.org.
An online petition calling for the series’ renewal of the canceled “Cowboy Bebop” live-action show on Netflix has exceeded its initial target of 100,000 signatures.
Fan Ryan Proffer wrote that he created the Change.org online campaign for “people who want a second (or more) of the live-action Cowboy Bebop. It wasn’t a direct copy of the anime but the world they put together was amazing and [deserves] a second season.”
One of the last remaining Japantowns is in danger of ‘irreparable harm,’ according to local SF community
Residents in San Francisco’s Japantown are calling for help in their protest against the city’s plan to buy a landmark hotel and turn it into a permanent facility for the homeless.
The plan: San Francisco is seeking to purchase the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, a 131-room tourist hotel located on the corner of Sutter and Buchanan street. This is part of Mayor London Breed’s plan to create 4,500 permanent supportive housing units — 1,500 of which would be new — within two years.
A Change.org petition is calling out Disney and asking the entertainment company to stop whitewashing the roles of the characters in its parks.
The petition, titled “Make sure Disney stops casting white people for roles that require real people of color,” is asking the company to give the roles to minorities or those who belong to the ethnic background of the particular character, Inside the Magic reported.
The Cambodian government has responded to a petition calling for an end to elephant rides in Angkor Wat with some positive news.
Two elephants which both died from exhaustion in the last three years have prompted a petition which gained international attention and over 14,000 signatures in just 2 days.
Animal rights activists are now going full-speed in raising their voices to save what is now being dubbed as the real-life “Dumbo” from the Phuket Zoo, Thailand.
Dumbo is a baby elephant that is being forced to perform for tourists at the Phuket Zoo where it is made to dance to loud music, play musical instruments, and perform tricks, according to the petition posted by the concerned activists at Moving Animals.
A burger chain in Perth, Australia has come under fire for naming one of its menu items with a term deemed derogatory towards Asians.
Lisa Chappell, an Australian-born Chinese customer, was shocked to find that Johnny’s Burgers in Canning Vale has called its “Asian inspired” burger the “Ching Chong burger.”
A dying daughter’s wish to see her mother in the United States for the final time has finally been granted.
Trinh Phan, 33, moved to the U.S. in 2003 and gained her American citizenship in 2010. She was diagnosed with Metastatic Stage 4 Lung Cancer and Acute Respiratory Disorder Syndrome last month. After Phan was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, her family has been trying to have her mother in Vietnam come to the U.S.
A “period emergency” that had her scrambling for a pad or tampon in the middle of math class inspired eighth-grader Cordelia Longo to convince her school to provide such necessities for free to all female students.
According to NBC, the teenager got herself in a frustrating situation one day in April after she ran out of dimes trying to find a restroom with a working sanitary napkin and tampon dispenser in her school in Mercer Island, Washington.