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Women in South Korea say no to ‘No 2’ men when choosing who to date

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  • With the upcoming presidential election in South Korea, women in the dating scene are taking prospective dates’ presidential candidate preferences into serious consideration.
  • South Koreans are using a numbering system to indicate their preferences between Candidate No. 2 (Yoon Suk-yeol of the main conservative People Power Party) and Candidate No. 1 (Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party).
  • As gender politics have continued to play a large role during the election campaigns, the phrase “no 2 man” has begun trending on online forums, as left-leaning women in South Korea express that they do not want a “no 2 man” as a partner.
  • The use of the phrase “no 2 man” has evolved to more broadly describe misogynistic men and “losers.”

As South Korea prepares for its presidential election on March 9, women in the dating scene are taking dates’ presidential candidate preferences into major consideration.

The two leading candidates, Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party (DP) and Yoon suk-yeol of the People Power Party (PPP) are running in a tight race while representing opposing ideologies.

Chantale Wong becomes first LGBTQ plus person of color, out lesbian confirmed as ambassador

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  • The Senate confirmed Chantale Wong as the director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday.
  • With the new role, Wong became the first out LGBTQ plus person of color as well as the first out lesbian with the rank of ambassador in the U.S.
  • Wong was nominated in July by President Joe Biden, who described her as “a leading authority in international development policy with over 30 years of experience in the multi-disciplinary field.”
  • Prior to her confirmation, Wong served as U.S. representative to the Asian Development Bank, CFO at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the budget director at NASA and acting budget director at the Treasury Department.
  • After she was confirmed to her new post, Wong wrote on Facebook, “It is with great pride and humility I will serve once again at the ADB and knowing the challenges ahead will be great. I am ready!”

Chantale Wong became the first out LGBTQ plus person of color and the first out lesbian to hold the rank of ambassador in the U.S. when she was confirmed as the director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday.

The Senate confirmed Wong to the position by a vote of 66-31, several months after President Joe Biden nominated her for the post last July, reported the Advocate.

US House passes bill that grants intercountry adoptees benefits, paths back to US if they’ve been deported

Adoptee Citizenship
  • The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice have worked together for the past eight years to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved along with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210 in the House of Representatives.
  • “There are people in the United States that know this country as their home; who were adopted, but were not granted citizenship even though they are part of American families,” Congressman Andy Kim (D-N.J.) told NextShark.
  • If enacted into law, “the Adoptee Citizenship Act will enable thousands of adoptees to access critical supports like disability benefits, social security, housing, and education loans, and provide a pathway for adoptees who have been unjustly deported to return home and be reunited with their families.”
  • The bill is now on its way to the Senate floor for consideration.

The House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act with the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, a bill that would grant benefits to thousands of adoptees who were legally adopted and brought to the U.S. by their citizen parents.

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice — “an intercountry adoptee-led social justice organization” — have worked together for the past eight years in an effort to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210.

Year in review: Historic wins for AAPI in local elections, redistricting plans loom over future candidates

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  • Many Asian Americans have made history in 2021 by gaining seats in local government elections.
  • Redistricting plans in many parts of the U.S., however, threaten Asian candidates running in upcoming elections by dividing Asian community voting blocs.

Over the last few months, an unprecedented number of Asian Americans have won positions in local government across the country. At the same time, statewide draft maps have proposed the division of Asian-majority communities, threatening Asians running for elected positions in future elections.

Historic wins

Three Asian Americans were elected the first mayor of Asian descent in their cities in November. Bruce Harrell, a 63-year-old former attorney, became the second Black and first Asian mayor in Seattle’s history. Aftab Pureval, a 39-year-old Indian Tibetan lawyer, became the first Asian American mayor of Cincinnati. In Boston, City Councilor Michelle Wu, 36, became the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor.

Comedian Vir Das’ blistering ‘two Indias’ critique blasted as ‘defamation,’ ‘soft terrorism’

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Indian comedian Vir Das has recently come under fire from right-wing groups in India for using his standup routine to discuss controversial topics, including sexual violence and the farmers’ protests in the country.

What he said: During a performance in Washington D.C., Das spoke of “Two Indias” while highlighting the hypocrisy and corruption in how the country has dealt with sexual violence, farmers’ rights, COVID-19 safety, age disparities in politics, and more.

For 85 minutes, Kamala Harris was the only woman, Asian American in US history to hold presidential power

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Vice President Kamala Harris made history once again by becoming the first woman and Asian American to gain presidential power after President Joe Biden underwent a routine colonoscopy on Friday morning, according to the White House.

Transfer of power: Harris, the first Black and South Asian vice president of the United States, became the commander in chief for nearly an hour and a half.

Chinese government drafts law that punishes parents for their children’s bad behavior

Chinese government drafts law

A new law in China that would make parents accountable for their children’s “bad behavior” is expected for review at the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee session later this week.

The new law: Under the Family Education Promotion Law, parents will be forced to attend family education programs should their children violate school rules, USA Today reported. They could also face punishment if their children, under the age of 16, commit a crime.

Madison Cawthorn vows to seize ‘every Chinese asset in America’ if GOP retakes congress

Madison Cawthorn wants to seize Chinese assets

On Saturday, Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) vowed to prosecute Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and seize “every Chinese asset in the United States” once the GOP returns to power.

Prosecute Fauci: While speaking in Rutherford County, N.C., the 26-year-old freshman congressman promised to charge Fauci for allegedly lying to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) during a Senate hearing for COVID-19 in July, according to Newsweek.

Republicans redraw Texas congressional districts to cut voting power of growing Asian, Latino population

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After census figures revealed growth in population among communities of color in Texas, Republican lawmakers are working to graft Hispanic and Asian communities into districts in which white residents make up the majority of eligible voters.

Redrawing political boundaries: Texas Republicans are redrawing the state’s congressional districts in proposed maps for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, which has been cleared by the Senate and are waiting on a vote in the House, according to an analysis from The Texas Tribune.

Conservative MP draws outrage for saying Asian ministers ‘all look the same’ to him

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A Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) was asked to step down from his senior position at a charity after saying that two of the Tory party’s most senior Asian ministers “all look the same” to him.

What happened: James Gray, the MP for North Wiltshire, England, incorrectly introduced Nadhim Zahawi, the former minister for COVID vaccine deployment, as the health secretary at a Parliament event on Sept. 8, where officials honored volunteers in the COVID-19 vaccine program, according to The Guardian. The actual health secretary is Sajid Javid.

Filipinos turn social media pink after VP Robredo announces pres. run vs. Marcos, Pacquiao, Duterte’s candidates

Leni Robredo runs for president

Filipino social media turned pink on Thursday after Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo officially filed for her candidacy to run for president in the 2022 election.

An uphill battle: In a speech delivered in Filipino, the 56-year old former human rights lawyer acknowledged the “heavy responsibility” that comes with the candidacy, noting that it “can’t be based on personal ambition or external pressure.”

China ‘fully able’ to invade Taiwan by 2025, Taipei defense chief says amid worst tensions in 40 years

Taiwan relations with China

Taiwanese defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng believes China will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025, noting that current tensions are the “toughest” he has seen in over four decades.

Driving the news: Chiu made the assessment at a parliamentary meeting Wednesday, days after Beijing sent 150 warplanes to the self-governed island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The area is international airspace but Taipei considers it a buffer, according to AP News.