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Price of plane tickets to China have gone up as much as 1,000% since pre-pandemic, report reveals

  • Travelers interested in visiting China may have to spend thousands of dollars on economy-class plane tickets, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
  • The recent report, which cited data from travel services company Internova Travel Group, stated that the cost of airfare to China has soared, with some flights priced at around 10 times more than they used to be pre-COVID 19.
  • For example, a one-way economy ticket from San Francisco to Shanghai – which includes a layover in South Korea – can cost $4,000 or more.
  • One-way economy tickets for the same trip back in 2019 were being sold for around $400.
  • Since China continues to enforce its zero-COVID policy, flight availability to and from the East Asian country has remained low.

Travelers interested in visiting China may have to spend thousands of dollars on economy-class plane tickets, according to a new report.

Some flights to the country from the US are now priced around 10 times more than they used to be pre-COVID-19, according to a Monday report from the Wall Street Journal.

AAPIs mark the largest increase among new immigrants in state legislatures since 2020, report finds

  • There are 27 newly-elected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the 2022 legislative session, the largest gain among groups of first and second-generation U.S. immigrants since 2020.
  • The finding comes in a new report by New American Leaders, a nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers “New Americans” — which it defines as first and second-generation U.S. immigrants — to run for public office.
  • Speaking to NextShark, New American Leaders President Ghida Dagher attributed the AAPI community’s heightened political participation to the need to combat anti-Asian hate, which has progressively worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Dagher said New Americans get involved in politics for the same reason any other American does: to see change in the policies affecting their communities.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) saw the largest gains among first- and second-generation U.S. immigrants in state legislatures in 2022, a new report has found. 

Twenty-seven first- and second-generation AAPIs were newly elected to this year’s legislative session, bringing the total of AAPI lawmakers to 103. The group now composes 34.7% of the new immigrant-held legislative seats across the U.S.

POC employees at New York Times get lower performance evaluation scores: report

  • The NewsGuild released a report on Tuesday highlighting the racial disparities in the New York Times’ performance evaluations for its staffers.
  • The journalist union’s report, analyzed by journalists from the Times, was reviewed by leading academic economists, statisticians and performance evaluation experts.
  • With a 95% confidence interval, analysts found that in 2021, Asian staffers at the New York Times were 34.2% less likely to receive a high rating than white employees, while Black staffers were 47.2% less likely and Hispanic employees were 61.2% less likely.
  • “Guild members who believed their contributions weren't fairly rated in the review process have said they feel demoralized and alienated — a pernicious outcome as The Times attempts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce,” the report said.
  • The NewsGuild noted that receiving low ratings directly impacts an employee's paycheck, as well as potential bonuses and career opportunities.

A report released by a journalist union has highlighted the racial disparities in the New York Times’ performance evaluations for its employees, showing that white staffers have higher chances of receiving top scores than POC staffers.

Published by The NewsGuild on Tuesday, the report analyzed the performance ratings provided by the New York Times to all Guild-represented employees and discovered that POC employees are less likely to receive high scores in their performance ratings at the department level than their white colleagues.

Explicit photos, videos of South Asian women traded in Reddit forum, report reveals

  • BBC Panorama’s investigative report uncovered a subreddit where thousands of users would allegedly trade and sell leaked explicit material featuring South Asian women.
  • The forum was created and moderated by Reddit user Zippomad, who was later identified as Himesh Shingadia, a “university-educated” man who “works as a manager at a large company.”
  • Before Shingadia deleted the subreddit, it reportedly had more than 20,000 members and over 15,000 images. Thousands of these images were sexually explicit pictures of 150 different women, according to BBC Panorama.
  • Seven women who reportedly fell victim to the forum told BBC Panorama that Reddit is not doing enough to rectify the issue. Four victims claimed that the website never removed their pictures, while other victims said they waited eight months before their pictures were removed.
  • "We know we have more work to do to prevent, detect, and action this content even more quickly and accurately, and we are investing now in our teams, tools, and processes to achieve this goal," a Reddit spokesperson told BBC Panorama.
  • Shingadia reportedly took down his subreddit after being contacted by BBC Panorama and claimed that he made the forum to “appreciate South Asian women.”

An investigative report uncovered a subreddit where users would allegedly trade and sell leaked explicit material featuring South Asian women.

BBC Panorama reported that among the dozens of subreddits it looked into which were dedicated to sharing intimate photos and videos of women in the United Kingdom, one of them focused on leaked explicit material of South Asian women.

Chinese NGO accuses ‘warmongering’ US of violating human rights in the Middle East

  • The China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), a Chinese NGO, accused the United States of committing human rights violations in a report published on Tuesday titled “U.S. commits serious crimes of violating human rights in the Middle East and beyond."
  • The CSHRS listed some of the supposed violations the U.S. committed while at war in the Middle East, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and the torture of prisoners.
  • The report claimed the U.S. caused "direct, serious and lasting damage" to locals after launching the Gulf War (1990-1991), the Afghanistan War (2001-2021) and the Iraq War (2003-2011), among others.
  • The NGO also accused the U.S. of creating a “humanitarian disaster rarely seen throughout the world” after becoming involved in the Syrian War and the Libyan War.
  • Besides war, the CSHRS accused the U.S. of “turning a blind eye to the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic” by continuing to impose unilateral sanctions on Syria, Iran and other nations, which in turn makes it more challenging for these places to acquire medical supplies to combat the virus.
  • “The nature of American hegemony and the barbarity, cruelty and perniciousness of its power politics have been completely exposed, and the people of the world have a better understanding of the hypocrisy and deception of the American democracy and the American human rights,” the report concluded.

The China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), a Chinese NGO, accused the United States of committing human rights violations in the Middle East in a report published on Tuesday.

In the report titled “U.S. commits serious crimes of violating human rights in the Middle East and beyond,” the CSHRS listed some of the supposed violations the U.S. committed while at war in the Middle East, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and the torture of prisoners.

Report: Over 11,000 anti-Asian hate incidents reported since March 2020

Stop AAPI Hate report
  • Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented nearly 11,500 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the United States between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of the recorded incidents involved harassment, such as verbal or written hate speech or inappropriate gestures. One in six (17%) of the incidents were reported as physical assault, and another 16% involved avoidance or shunning.
  • Women were found twice as likely to report hate incidents as men.
  • Most Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders believe the most effective response to address anti-AAPI racism is education and community-based solutions.
  • Stop AAPI Hate called on elected officials to protect the AAPI community through civil rights expansion, to educate the public about AAPI histories and cultures and to invest in community-based programs.

Nearly 11,500 hate incidents have been reported against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States since 2020, according to the latest Stop AAPI Hate report. 

Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented 11,467 hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2022, according to their national report released on Wednesday.

Anti-Asian hate crimes up by 342% in 2021, new data shows

anti asian hate
  • New York saw the highest number of anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021, according to data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Los Angeles surpassed other major U. S. cities in terms of overall hate crimes last year.
  • Data on anti-Asian incidents may not be representative of the whole picture, since a vast number of cases are believed to be underreported.

Anti-Asian hate crimes took a turn for the worse during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data provided to NextShark.

The figures, part of an upcoming report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in California State University, San Bernardino, show that hate crimes targeting the Asian American community increased by 342% across eight major cities in 2021 compared to figures from the previous year.

Report: Vancouver is the world’s most ‘sushi-crazed’ city outside Japan

vancouver sushi
  • Based on Google Trends data, Vancouver is the most “sushi-crazed” city in the world outside Japan.
  • The Canadian city, whose metropolitan area has over 600 sushi restaurants, received a perfect “sushi popularity” score of 100.
  • International food magazine Chef’s Pencil has declared that Vancouver is the “non-Japanese sushi capital of the world” and that “sushi’s global popularity is at an all-time high.”

A global ranking of cities with the highest concentration of sushi-lovers has placed Vancouver at the No. 1 spot. 

International food magazine Chef’s Pencil gave the Canadian city a perfect “sushi popularity” score of 100, as well as describing it as the “non-Japanese sushi capital of the world.”

Report: A third of Asians in San Gabriel Valley experienced anti-Asian hate during the pandemic

San Gabriel Survey
  • About a third of Asian Americans in California’s San Gabriel Valley said they or their family members have experienced anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey released by Advancing Justice - Los Angeles on Wednesday.
  • About 37% of survey respondents “noticed an increase in racial discrimination or harassment in their community since the COVID-19 outbreak.”
  • Almost half “feel less safe in their community” than before the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • About 55% “do not feel there is support in their community for victims of racial discrimination or harrassment.”
  • Almost 60% of survey applicants said “they changed how they feel and behave when they leave their home.”

Advancing Justice – Los Angeles released a community survey on Wednesday that gives insight into the anti-Asian racism in California’s San Gabriel Valley.

About a third of Asian Americans in San Gabriel Valley said they or their family members have experienced anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Stop Hate Survey. Most of those who have experienced anti-Asian hate said the attacks also involved verbal abuse.

Report: Asia’s civic rights under attack, Taiwan the only territory ‘open’

Asia Pacific report

Attacks against civic freedoms in Asia have been rife over the past year, with Taiwan being the only territory that can be considered open, according to a new report from global civic space tracker CIVICUS Monitor, a self-described “ongoing research collaboration between global civil society alliance CIVICUS and over 20 research partner organizations.”

Key findings: The report, titled “People Power Under Attack 2021,” contains a section focused on the Asia Pacific region which rates 26 countries or territories based on compiled data on “freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression.” Of these territories, four were considered “closed,” 11 “repressed,” seven “obstructed” and three “narrowed,” with Taiwan the only one rated “open.”

#StopAAPIHate report: 1 in 5 AAPIs experienced a hate incident over the past year

Stop AAPI Hate national report

Attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have steadily increased through the third quarter of the year, according to the latest national report by Stop AAPI Hate (SAH).

Key findings: A total of 10,370 hate incidents were reported to SAH between March 19, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021. This marks a surge of 1,289 new cases from the 9,081 incidents reported as of June 30, 2021.