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Man in blackface mocking ‘The Little Mermaid’ identified as Indonesian star’s sibling

  • Jossi Marchelli, the brother of popular Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, has been banned from TikTok for posting a video in blackface mocking Halle Bailey, the star of the upcoming live-action adaptation of  “The Little Mermaid.”
  • The now-deleted video shows Marchelli sitting in front of a TV with his back to the camera. When the film’s trailer shows Bailey onscreen, the man turns around with his darkened face to talk to the camera.
  • “Mommy, she looks just like me,” he says in a mocking tone.
  • Marchelli’s video gained attention after popular TikToker Aunt Karen, who is known for calling out users of the social media platform, criticized his actions. She also discovered that he used to study at Chicago’s Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
  • Aunt Karen's most recent TikTok video about Marchelli has garnered over 2.2 million views and 383,000 likes so far.

The man in blackface who posted a TikTok video mocking “The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey has been identified as a former law student and the sibling of an Indonesian star with over 3.5 million followers on Instagram.

Jossi Marchelli, the brother of Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, stirred controversy on TikTok after popular TikToker Aunt Karen shared his video earlier this week.

Vancouver woman charged for throwing coffee at Asian shop manager begins trial

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  • Astrid Maria Secreve is facing a mischief charge alongside her ex-husband Jean-Jacque Berthiaume for allegedly hurling coffee and racial slurs at an Asian Canadian coffee shop manager on March 29, 2021.
  • The incident reportedly began when the pair ignored the shop’s COVID-19 guidelines and were consequently asked by the manager to change seats.
  • Instead of complying, Berthiaume allegedly poured his mocha on the floor, while Secreve allegedly threw a cup of coffee at the manager.
  • The pair’s trial, which was originally scheduled in April, began on Thursday.
  • Secreve also made headlines in April after being filmed using an anti-Chinese slur toward a CTV News crew that included a camera operator of Asian descent.

A Vancouver woman charged for hurling coffee and racial slurs at an Asian Canadian coffee shop manager last year entered trial on Thursday.

Astrid Maria Secreve, a co-defendant in the mischief case with her ex-husband Michel Jean-Jacque Berthiaume, made headlines this April after being filmed using an anti-Asian slur on her way to a court in Richmond.

Montana bar owner faces backlash after ‘ch*nk flu’ comment, says she’s ‘not racist at all’

  • Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon in McLeod, Montana, has faced backlash for referring to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • The outrage apparently resulted in an influx of one-star reviews of the bar online, but Tinch remains unfazed.
  • In a new interview, Tinch affirmed that she’s standing by what she wrote, adding that she is “not a racist person at all.”

Years after writing an anti-Asian comment on Facebook, a bar owner in the small town of McLeod, Montana, has doubled down against critics and insisted that she is not racist.

Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon, referred to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic. While she has since faced backlash for using the term, she stands by it nearly three years later.

Asian American attorney says she was passed up for promotions because of her race in federal lawsuit

An Asian American attorney based in Darien, Connecticut, has launched a federal lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly discriminating against her due to her race and sex.

Michelle Lee, who worked at Darien-based Portfolio Advisors for about 15 years, claims she received “racialized comments” and “repeated sexual remarks and advances” from colleagues at the firm. Supervisors who knew some of such incidents allegedly failed to provide a remedy.

‘Go back to China’: Vancouver restaurant owner yelled at, spat on by woman who let her dog pee on his door

  • Edward Hur, who has been running Nobu Sushi in North Vancouver, Canada, for 19 years, said he was yelled at and spat on during a woman’s anti-Asian tirade last week.
  • Hur said it all started after he confronted the woman for letting her dog pee on his front door.
  • The woman allegedly told Hur “I hate Asian people” and that he should “go back to your country, back to your China.”
  • Hur, who is Korean, said the woman had let her dog pee on his business several times in the past, but she just “never listens” when confronted.
  • North Vancouver police are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

A long-time restaurant owner in North Vancouver, Canada, has come forward to share a racist experience involving a woman who had told him to “go back to China.”

The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred at Nobu Sushi in the 3000 block of Edgemont Boulevard sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Friday.

WHO’s Asia chief put on leave after racism, abuse allegations

  • Dr. Kasai Takeshi, director of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office, has reportedly been placed on indefinite leave.
  • The news comes months after more than 30 current and former staffers accused the Japanese official of abusive and racist behavior. 
  • Kasai was also accused of sharing data with his home country to help it plan its vaccine donations for political advantage.
  • He will be temporarily replaced by Deputy Director-General Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Dr. Kasai Takeshi, director of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office, was reportedly placed on indefinite leave months after facing allegations of abusive and racist behavior.

More than 30 current and former employees filed an internal complaint in January accusing the Japanese official of creating a “toxic atmosphere,” which allegedly compromised the office’s response to COVID-19 in the region. The news, which was first reported by the Associated Press, prompted an internal investigation announced by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself.

Texas man sentenced for sending anti-Asian death threat to doctor who advocates for COVID vaccine

  • Texas resident Scott Eli Harris, 52, was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for sending a threatening message to Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and CNN medical analyst known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • In his message, Harris swore by his “12 gauge” that he will never take Wen’s “wonder drug” and identified himself as “a 5th generation U.S. Army veteran and a sniper” who “can’t wait for the shooting to start.”
  • Harris’ message also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.
  • Harris’ defenders said he “sincerely apologizes” for the harm he has caused but pointed out that he was “in the throes of undiagnosed, service-related mental illness” at the time of his offense.

A Texas man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for sending a threatening message to a Maryland doctor known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.

The text message sent by Scott Eli Harris, 52, also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.

‘Rush Hour’ fans celebrate the franchise’s ‘healthy racism’

  • Twitter users are commenting on jokes from the iconic “Rush Hour” film franchise after user @Lexisriches proclaimed that the sequels are “so racist.”
  • One of the scenes shared in @Lexisriches' thread, which has over 26,000 likes, is the iconic Hong Kong spa fight scene where LAPD detective Carter (Chris Tucker) accidentally punches Hong Kong detective Lee (Jackie Chan) in the face during the scuffle and tells him, “All y’all look alike.”
  • In another scene shared by user @Itsdrew_5, Lee and Carter are tied up inside a moving truck. While the two bicker, Lee tells Carter, “I’ll b*tch-slap you back to Africa.”
  • The scene in “Rush Hour 2” where Carter can be heard speaking a made-up language was also shared.
  • Although “Rush Hour” was a commercial success in the United States after it was first released in 1998 – making over $141 million domestically and a total of $244 million worldwide – the franchise never took off as hoped in the Asian market.

Twitter users are commenting on jokes from the iconic “Rush Hour” film franchise after one user proclaimed that the sequels are “so racist.”

Over the weekend, Twitter user @Lexisriches wrote about the sequels, and what started as a single tweet opened up an alley down memory lane where many users pulled up some jokes from the buddy cop film franchise that have not aged well.

Andrew Tate apparently has really weird takes on ‘Chinese’ people

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  • Comedic duo the Fung Brothers discussed some of controversial internet figure Andrew Tate’s “most infamous quotes about Chinese people” in the Aug. 16 episode of their “Hot Pot Boys” podcast.
  • In the episode, the brothers played various clips of Tate’s comments on Chinese people.
  • The two speculate whether Tate views all Asians as Chinese since he only ever references “the Chinese.”
  • Tate has made questionable comments in the past, such as asking whether anyone had ever seen a “pregnant Chinese woman” and stating that Chinese men have “small d*cks.”

Controversial internet figure Andrew Tate has an apparent history of making questionable comments about Chinese people.

In the Aug. 16 episode of their podcast “Hot Pot Boys,” Andrew and David Fung, a comedic duo known as the Fung Brothers, played several clips of Tate’s “most infamous quotes about Chinese people.”

‘Why do we have to bend over backward?’: Man lectures women for not speaking English in Canada in TikTok video

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  • TikTok user Donna Damaso posted a clip to the platform of a man subjecting a group of Asian women to racist remarks at the Brighouse station on the Richmond Canada Line.
  • Damaso, who captured the encounter on Aug. 11, saw the man berating two women for not speaking English while reminding them that they are in Canada.
  • When Damaso approaches them and calls the man out for being a racist, he repeatedly denies being one and claims to be a lawyer.
  • The argument goes on as the man repeatedly asks Damaso why she doesn't care about the women speaking another language.

A woman captured the moment a man subjected a group of Asian women to racist remarks at a train station in Canada. 

Donna Damaso uploaded the clip to TikTok on Sunday of a masked man berating two women for not speaking English during their conversation at the Brighouse station on the Richmond Canada Line. According to Damaso, the incident happened on Aug. 11.

Asian Australian YouTuber stands up against casual racism during a boat show in Sydney

  • Asian Australian YouTuber John Lee, who shares fishing videos on his channel JYL Fishing TV, was recently subjected to racist insults while covering the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay.
  • In a video published on Aug. 1, he can be seen standing up to a man who tried to make a racist joke at his expense with the question “Is some ting wong?”
  • After Lee called out the man for being racist, the latter doubled down with another racial jab, saying, “Aren't you Aussie? Throw a shrimp on the barbie, mate.”
  • A woman who was with the man, who Lee claimed laughed at the man's joke, said “Matt, please shut up” before pulling him away.
  • Shortly after, security staff approached Lee’s group and told them that the woman filed a complaint and requested that they be removed from the premises.
  • Lee revealed in a separate video that the man pinched him as he was being pulled away, turning the verbal attack into a physical one.

An Asian Australian YouTuber was recently subjected to racist insults while covering an exclusive boat show in Sydney. 

John Lee, who shares fishing videos on his YouTube channel JYL Fishing TV, uploaded footage of the harassment he allegedly endured at the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay.

South Asians in Metro Vancouver fear racist backlash after police release image of 11 men deemed to pose public safety risk

  • South Asian community members in Metro Vancouver expressed their concern after British Columbia police released a composite picture of 11 men who are believed to be connected to high levels of organized crime-related violence and gang violence.
  • The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) released the pictures of the men, most of whom are of South Asian descent, on Aug. 3.
  • “It is highly likely a rival gangster will target them with violence," CFSEU Asst. Cmdr. Manny Mann said. “We want British Columbians to know their faces.”
  • “I want to make it clear that today's announcement is not about naming and shaming. Identifying these men is in the interest of public safety,” Vancouver Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson said during a news conference.
  • Tamara Humphrey, assistant professor of sociology specializing in criminology at the University of Victoria, believes that disclosing information about individuals who allegedly pose a public safety risk can create more problems than solutions.
  • "We can see an increase in harassment or aggression toward communities of color as a result of these widespread notifications," she continued, noting that just because certain individuals are deemed a potential public safety risk does not necessarily mean they have been charged with crimes in the past. 

The South Asian community in Metro Vancouver expressed concerns over potential racist backlash after authorities released a picture of 11 men who allegedly pose a public safety risk due to gang affiliations.

On Aug. 3, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) released a composite image of 11 men connected to high levels of organized crime-related violence and gang violence, according to the authorities.