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Yīshíjì, popular Chinese content creator, comes out as gay in suicide note

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  • Yīshíjì, a Bilibili content creator known for his videos of himself cooking and eating alone in his home, came out in a suicide note that he included in a pre-scheduled video last week.
  • “I’m gay and it feels great to come out of the closet,” the video’s onscreen text says in Chinese. “Even if I’m straight, I wouldn’t get married and have children. My life and society has put me through so many misfortunes that I don’t want to bring another life to the world to have that experience.”
  • “Please don’t be sad. I’m just a passerby in your life,” he continued in his note. “I wish all of you a good rest of your life.”
  • Some viewers noted that local coverage of Yīshíjì’s video either blurred out the part in his suicide note about his sexual identity or avoided mentioning it completely.
  • “He exchanged his life for a fleeting moment of showing his true self, but the mainstream media wiped out who he really was using only a block of pixelation,” a viral Weibo comment read.
  • Yīshíjì started posting videos in 2019. Although his face and identity were never revealed, Yīshíjì still managed to gain over 560,000 followers on Bilibili.

Yīshíjì, the creator of a popular Bilibili cooking channel, came out in a suicide note that he included in a pre-scheduled video last week.

Many of Yīshíjì’s followers immediately alerted the Chinese video-sharing platform after his video “Thank You and Goodbye,” which has already received more than 3.3 million views, was posted on Thursday.

40% of AAPI LGBTQ youth considered suicide over the past year, report finds

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  • LGBTQ AAPI youth are at higher risk of suicide and other mental health challenges due to high rates of racial discrimination, according to a new report by the Trevor Project.
  • Forty percent of AAPI LGBTQ youth have seriously considered suicide over the last year, according to the report.
  • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian youth experienced the highest rate among the subcategories at 49%, followed by Korean American youth at 47%, Filipino American youth at 41%, Indian youth at 39%, Vietnamese youth at 31% and Chinese youth at 29%.
  • The report revealed that over 50% of AAPI LGBTQ youth encountered race-based discrimination over the last year.
  • AAPI youth who experienced discrimination because of their race or immigration status reported significantly higher rates of suicide attempts over the last year than those who did not, according to the report.

LGBTQ Asian American and Pacific Islander youth are at higher risk for suicide and other mental health challenges due to high rates of racial discrimination, according to a new report.

About 3,600 AAPI youth, aged 13-24, participated in the Trevor Project’s yearly national survey on queer youth mental health last year. This year’s report is one of the first of its kind to study the intersection between the AAPI and LGBTQ communities.

South Koreans demand tougher cyberbullying laws following recent suicide deaths of Korean celebrities

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  • South Korea’s government is under pressure to act after the recent deaths of a high-profile volleyball player and Twitch streamer, both of whom were victims of countless instances of online abuse and malicious comments.
  • Kim In-hyeok, a 27-year-old professional volleyball player for the Daejeon Samsung Fire Bluefangs, was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home on Friday.
  • Cho Jang-mi, a 27-year-old Twitch streamer and YouTube influencer who often went by the name “BJ Jammi,” was also found dead of an apparent suicide on Saturday, the day after Kim.
  • Kim had recently complained about the surge of hateful comments he received due to rumours regarding his appearance and sexual idenitity.
  • Cho was also reportedly suffering from depression after receiving sexually degrading comments and claims that she despised men over the span of more than two years.
  • A petition calling for stricter punishments for cyberbullying was uploaded on the presidential Blue House’s website and has managed to attract more than 150,000 signatures by Tuesday.

WARNING: This article contains mentions of suicide that may be disturbing to some readers.

The recent suicide deaths of professional volleyball player Kim In-hyeok and Twitch streamer Cho Jang-mi have put the South Korean government under pressure to enact stricter punishments against cyberbullying.

Chinese teen sold at birth and rejected twice by biological parents dies by suicide

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  • Liu Xuezhou, the Chinese teenager whose biological parents sold him at birth and rejected him upon reunion, has died by sucide.
  • The 17-year-old college student reportedly overdosed with antidepressants and was found dead on a beach in Hainan Province.
  • Liu left what appeared to be a suicide note on Weibo, recalling his life’s misfortunes.

Chinese teenager Liu Xuezhou has died by suicide after being cyberbullied for his viral life story of being sold at birth and rejected twice by his biological parents. 

The 17-year-old college student from China’s Hebei Province was found dead on a beach in Sanya, Hainan Province, on Monday morning, Sanya Police told The Paper

Police find remains of Ohio Vietnamese mother missing since 2002

  • Ohio mom Stephanie Van Nguyen, who was 26 at the time of her disappearance, her 4-year-old daughter Kristina and 3-year-old son John have been missing since 2002.
  • In October, Delhi Township police reached a breakthrough in her missing persons case when they pulled an SUV out of the Ohio River.
  • On Tuesday, police confirmed that a fibula bone they found in the vehicle belongs to Nguyen.

Ohio police confirmed that they have found evidence of the remains of a Vietnamese woman who has been missing since 2002.

Stephanie Van Nguyen, who was 26 at the time of her disappearance, has been missing since 2002, along with her daughter Kristina and son John, who were 4 and 2 years old, respectively, at the time.

Chinese man dies by apparent suicide over childhood bullying for being ‘effeminate,’ ‘sissy’

Zhou Peng

A Chinese man who claimed to be a victim of school bullying before being found dead by local fishermen has sparked calls for an end to an ongoing social epidemic.

What happened: Zhou Peng, 26, was found dead in the waters near Zhoushan in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on Dec. 1, according to China News. On Nov. 28, he posted an apparent suicide note on Weibo, in which he talked about being bullied because he was “effeminate.”

10-year-old girl who attended Utah school district that ignored racial bullying dies by suicide

Utah Student Isabella “Izzy” Faith Tichenor

Editor’s note: This article discusses suicide. If you or people you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255.

A Black fifth grader with autism has died by suicide after reportedly suffering harassment while attending a Utah school district that garnered scrutiny for ignoring the long-term bullying experienced by its Black and Asian student body.

Douyin users criticize ‘baiting crowd’ for egging on Chinese influencer’s livestream suicide

Douyin influencer Luo Xiao Maomao suicide

A Douyin influencer who livestreamed her suicide has prompted other users to question the social media platform’s prevention efforts and the “baiting crowd” phenomenon on China’s version of TikTok.

What happened: Luo Xiao Maomao, 25, posted a video on Douyin on the afternoon of Oct. 14, where she explained that she had been severely depressed and “had reached her lowest point,” according to SupChina.

Suicide rate of Japanese children is revealed to have quadrupled to record high in 2020

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More than 400 Japanese students, from elementary to high school, committed suicide in 2020, the country’s education ministry said.

Driving the news: The record-high rate was revealed through a survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which called it an “extremely disturbing result.” While reasons for committing suicide remain largely unchanged, school closures and increased stresses at home as a result of COVID-19 are believed to have caused the spike.

Japan Appoints ‘Loneliness Minister’ Due to Rising Pandemic Suicides, Especially Among Women

Loneliness Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed regional revitalization minister Tetsushi Sakamoto to head a government measure to help those experiencing loneliness and isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting on Feb. 12, the new Japanese prime minister addressed the growing number of suicide victims in Japan, mostly women, as the country continues to fight the coronavirus, according to Japan Times.