- Yia Xiong, 33, fatally shot his wife Ka Lor, 30, before killing himself on Tuesday night in their St. Paul home, where their five children, ages 2 to 9, were present at the time of the incident.
- The children reportedly ran to a neighbor’s house after the shooting and called the police.
- Pheng Thao, the executive director of Transforming Generations, an organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence in the Hmong community, told KARE 11 that many of the factors contributing to the violence are cultural.
- Xiong’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses and the children’s back-to-school needs.
A Hmong man from Minnesota fatally shot his wife before killing himself in their home with their children present.
St. Paul police responded to a home along the 2000 block of California Avenue East in the city’s Greater East Side at about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday after one of the couple’s children called 911.
- Constance Wu returned to Twitter today after a three-year break from social media, announcing her new book “Making a Scene” and revealing she survived an attempted suicide following backlash over her comments about the renewed final season of “Fresh Off the Boat” in 2019.
- “3 years ago when I made careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show, it ignited outrage and internet shaming that got pretty severe," Wu wrote in her Twitter post. "I felt awful about what I’d said, and when a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I’d become a blight on the Asian American community, I started feeling like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. That I was a disgrace to AsAms, and they’d be better off without me.”
- She shared that a friend found her and rushed her to the ER.
Constance Wu tweeted Thursday for the first time since her three-year break from social media, announcing her new book “Making a Scene” and revealing she attempted suicide after being harassed for her comments about the final season renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat” in 2019.
In her post, Wu writes: “I haven’t been on social media in almost 3 years, Tbh, I’m a little scared, but I’m dipping my toe back in to say I’m here and while I was gone I wrote a book called Making a Scene. This next part is hard to talk about…but I was afraid of coming back on social media because I almost lost my life from it: 3 years ago when I made careless tweets about the renewal of my TV show, it ignited outrage and internet shaming that got pretty severe. I felt awful about what I’d said, and when a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I’d become a blight on the Asian American community, I started feeling like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. That I was a disgrace to AsAms, and they’d be better off without me. Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that’s what happened. Luckily, a friend found me and rushed me to the ER.”
An Indian teenager reportedly hanged herself over the weekend because of her poor performance at school due to her smartphone and K-pop music video addiction.
Jeevamohan J.S., a 16-year-old student from the town of Vettiyara in the Indian state of Kerala, was found dead inside her bedroom at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.”
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.
A passing bus driver in China was caught on video saving a woman attempting to commit suicide with her son.
The suicide attempt: In a recent viral TikTok, a passing bus driver can be seen stopping a mother with her young son from jumping off a bridge in Guangzhou, China, reported Newsweek.
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.