UN deletes satirical article on ‘benefits’ of world hunger: ‘No one works harder than hungry people’
- An article published on the United Nations Chronicle website that promoted world hunger as a “great positive value” and asserted “No one works harder than hungry people” was taken down.
- Titled “The Benefits of World Hunger,” the post sparked outrage among Twitter users on Wednesday. Following criticism of the article, the link now leads to an error page.
- Originally written by professor of political science George Kent and published in the UN Chronicle in 2008, the article argued that hunger is not an issue to be solved, rather “it is fundamental to the working of the world’s economy.”
- A majority of Kent’s work revolves around ending world hunger, having published books such as “The Political Economy of Hunger: The Silent Holocaust,” “Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food” and “Ending World Hunger.”
- In a response to a tweet criticizing the publication for its inclusion of the article on its website, UN Chronicle confirmed that the 14-year-old article was “an attempt at satire.”
An article published on the United Nations Chronicle website that promoted world hunger as a “great positive value” was taken down.
Titled “The Benefits of World Hunger,” the post sparked outrage among Twitter users on Wednesday. Following criticism of the article, the link now leads to an error page.
- According to a report released by Robin Hood, a New York City's poverty-fighting organization, roughly one in four Asian New Yorkers lived in poverty in 2020.
- In collaboration with Columbia University, the organization spotlighted the experience of New York’s Asian American communities in its fourth Poverty Tracker annual report, “The State Of Poverty And Disadvantage In New York City.”
- The Poverty Tracker expanded its data collection in 2020 by sampling Mandarin Chinese speakers to better understand economic disadvantages faced by those categorized as Asian.
- About 23% of Asian respondents lived in poverty in 2020, which is comparable to the proportion of Black and Latino New Yorkers living in poverty and about twice as much as among White respondents.
- The organization found that 47% of Asian New Yorkers have faced financial or health disadvantages, especially among those with a high school degree or less, those with limited English proficiency and those aged 65 or older.
Roughly one in four Asian New Yorkers lived in poverty in 2020, according to a report released by Robin Hood, a poverty-fighting organization based in New York City.
In collaboration with Columbia University, the organization spotlighted the experience of New York’s Asian American communities in its fourth Poverty Tracker annual report, “The State Of Poverty And Disadvantage In New York City.”
Report: Low-income Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders among those most negatively impacted by the pandemic
Low-income American Indian or Native Alaskan, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander households were among those who suffered the most negative economic impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent national study found.
Bearing the brunt: According to the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) analysis of National COVID Surveys, members of American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AIAN/H/PI) communities, along with Black and Hispanic demographics, suffered the highest percentage of job loss and health issues among all reporting ethnic groups in the United States.
Severe malnutrition has led to the death of an impoverished Chinese woman who lived on just 2 yuan (29 cents) per day.
Wu Huayan, a 24-year-old student in the Guizhou province, reportedly scrimped on her meals in order to save money for her ill brother’s treatment, MailOnline reports.
Nearly one in four Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in California are working and struggling with poverty, debunking the model-minority stereotype that members of the racial group always succeed financially.
A new joint survey from AAPI Data, an organization publishing demographic data and policy research on the AAPI population, and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonpartisan research and education nonprofit, reveals that 23% of AAPIs in the area are “working and struggling with poverty,” contributing to a state of “two Californias” divided by a significant income gap.
Despite the “economic growth” the Philippines’ government has been touting in recent years, the undeniable fact remains that millions of Filipinos are still living in extreme poverty, left unable to afford three square meals a day.
For these desperate poor Filipinos, scavenged leftover food from garbage bins of fast-food restaurants, markets, and dumpsites are the only means of surviving hunger.
A high school student in central China has become a national inspiration after his grueling 17-hour study schedule for the winter holiday went viral on social media.
Zhu Zheng, 17, is a Grade 11 student at Wuhan No. 11 Middle School in Hubei province.
Travel Instagrammer @mindbodycolleen is under fire for saying many Indian people don’t have an iPhone and that they wouldn’t know how to use the latest iPhone X model.
The account is run by Colleen Grady, a model from Indianapolis, Indiana. The now-deleted post which has been widely shared on Facebook shows @mindbodycolleen, who lost her “sleek, expensive, 5-month-old iPhone X” on the streets of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, India.
A homeless man who turned his life around to become one of Japan’s top club hosts has inspired others in the booming industry.
Akaya Kunugi is regarded as the No. 1 host at Acqua Group, one of Japan’s most popular host clubs. He works at the company’s main branch in Kabukichō, its largest in the country.
A picture of a 38-year-old government official in southern China has netizens divided over whether or not his age is authentic.
The viral photo, which was first posted in October, shows Li Zhongkai of Chuxiong, Yunnan province in a suit with graying hair.
A video showing the life of an 82-year-old woman collecting recyclable boxes for more than 14 hours a day in exchange for $2 has shed light on the extent of poverty among the elderly in South Korea.
As most media highlight Korea’s technological prowess and world-class entertainment, little is heard about the nation’s struggling senior citizens, who often find themselves working late hours even at their advanced age.
Asian-Americans have the highest poverty rate out of any ethnic group in New York with 27% living in need of a permanent job, according to the city’s data.
Each day in downtown Flushing in the New York City borough of Queens, thousands of day laborers gather on street corners hoping to find work.