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Fired restaurant manager who threw water at customer’s face claims she used anti-Asian racial slurs

  • Diong, who worked at Crab Du Jour in Greenfield, Wisconsin, was fired after he threw liquid at a customer’s face.
  • The customer, who was identified as Mariah Luckette, was intoxicated and hurled racial slurs, according to Diong.
  • Luckette, who can be seen on surveillance footage throwing a chair back over the bar at Diong, said the incident occured after she told him her food was cold. 
  • She also claimed the lemon in her drink caused chemical burns to her face.
  • “I throw a glass of water at her,” Diong explained to police. “She just reacted and throw something back to me. I shouldn't have, but I'm really frustrated."
  • In addition to being fired, Diong was given a disorderly conduct citation.

A restaurant manager in Wisconsin was fired after he was captured on surveillance footage throwing liquid at a customer’s face. 

Jason Diong, the former manager of the Crab Du Jour restaurant in Greenfield, told local authorities that he doused the woman with a glass of water because she used anti-Asian racial slurs.

Japanese tourist in Wisconsin captivated by lakes, cheese and monster trucks in viral TikTok video

  • A Japanese tourist traveling across the U.S. has gone viral on TikTok for his video explaining why Wisconsin is an underrated destination.
  • The tourist is George Japan, a popular Japanese YouTuber who rose to fame for his videos explaining Japanese culture and reacting to poorly translated Kanji tattoos.
  • In his video, George raves about the ButterBurger and fried cheese curds at the fast-food restaurant Culvers, the donuts and apple cider at Edwards Apple Orchard and the monster trucks at Walworth County Fair.
  • According to a video posted on his YouTube channel, George is currently on a two-year “world tour,” meeting his subscribers in person and staying in their homes.
  • He previously visited the Philippines and Canada, and is due to leave the U.S. and travel to Mexico in October.

A Japanese tourist traveling across the United States has gone viral on TikTok for his video explaining why Wisconsin is an underrated destination.

George Japan, a popular Japanese YouTuber who rose to fame for his videos explaining Japanese culture and reacting to poorly translated Kanji tattoos, has been touring the U.S since August, having previously visited New York City and Chicago. However, it seems Wisconsin has found a special place in his heart.

School district in Wisconsin to make Hmong, AAPI history part of curriculum

Verona Schools AAPI
  • The Verona Area School District Board of Education in Wisconsin unanimously approved a resolution on Monday expressing support for the Hmong, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
  • The resolution also calls for the integration of Hmong and AAPI history and culture into the district’s school curriculum.
  • English teacher Kabby Hong and VASD Asian American Student Association co-President Angela Miller attended the board meeting and spoke in support of the AAPI resolution, urging board members to approve the measure.
  • It remains to be seen if other districts in the state will follow.
  • There are currently four states — Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island — that have passed legislation to require schools to teach AAPI history.

A school board in Wisconsin is calling for the integration of the Hmong and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community culture and history into the curriculum. 

On Monday, the Verona Area School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution in support of the community, becoming the first in the state to do so. 

Residents warned about Asian woman asking children to get in her car in Wisconsin neighborhood

  • Local authorities warned the residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, about a suspicious Asian driver allegedly engaging with children.
  • The first incident in the Camp Lake neighborhood reportedly occurred just before 2:45 p.m. on Monday when resident Alicia Milostan’s daughters were approached by the driver of a white Chevrolet Cruze at a park.
  • The driver, who the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department described as an older Asian female, asked for directions and was “very persistent” in getting the children into her car, according to Milostan.
  • The same vehicle reportedly stopped for another girl in the neighborhood, and its driver asked the child for directions before inviting her to get inside the car.
  • These recent incidents prompted the sheriff’s department to increase patrols in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
  • Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is urged to contact the department at 262-605-5100.

A quiet neighborhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is now on high alert after authorities issued a warning over a suspicious driver allegedly engaging with children.

The first incident in the Camp Lake neighborhood occurred just before 2:45 p.m. on Monday, according to reports. Resident Alicia Milostan said her daughters were at a park when the driver of a white Chevrolet Cruze approached them and asked for directions.

University of Wisconsin-Madison faces another anti-Asian attack

  • Less than a month after two of its Chinese students suffered physical attacks, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is dealing with yet another anti-Asian incident, according to reports.
  • An Asian staff member was running on Lakeshore Path near Lot 60 when a man inside a car began yelling racial slurs at him.
  • After hurling racist abuse, the aggressor got out of his vehicle and approached the staff member, who then ran out of fear.
  • The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Tom N. Gbean of Oswego, Illinois. He has no affiliation with UW-Madison.
  • The incident follows attacks on a doctoral student and an undergraduate student on June 14. Both students were of Chinese descent.

Less than a month after two of its Chinese students suffered physical attacks, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is dealing with yet another anti-Asian incident, according to reports.

This time, an Asian staff member was running on Lakeshore Path near Lot 60 on July 4 when a man inside a car began yelling racial slurs at him.

Wisconsin school district rejects award-winning novel about Japanese internment for being ‘diverse’

  • The Muskego-Norway School Board rejected the use of “When the Emperor Was Divine,” a book recommended by the district’s curriculum committee for a 10th-grade accelerated English class.
  • The district’s curriculum committee had previously endorsed the 2002 novel by author Julie Otsuka about the incarceration of a Japanese American family during World War II.
  • Parents who attended the meeting stated that board member Laurie Kontney said the book was selected for being a “diverse” book.
  • Other board members told a parent that the book would create a problem with “balance,” partly because a 10-page excerpt from a nonfiction book about the concentration camps is already included in the class curriculum.
  • In a letter to the Muskego-Norway School Board, Japanese American Citizens League Executive Director David Inoue, wrote: “The call for a ‘balanced’ viewpoint in the context of the incarceration of Japanese Americans is deeply problematic, and racist, and plays into the same fallacies the United States Army used to justify the incarceration.”

Board members of a school district in southeastern Wisconsin rejected the use of “When the Emperor Was Divine,” a novel about Japanese American incarceration during World War II, for a high school class. 

The Muskego-Norway school district’s curriculum committee had previously endorsed the 2002 novel by author Julie Otsuka for use in a 10th-grade accelerated English class. 

Wisconsin Democratic lawmaker sparks fury for calling women ‘birthing bodies’ in defense of abortion

Francesca Hong birthing bodies

A Democratic legislator in Wisconsin has drawn backlash on Twitter after referring to women as “birthing bodies” while defending abortion.

Rep. Francesca Hong, who serves the 76th Assembly District, was among many to comment on the recent leak of a Supreme Court draft expected to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which would make abortion immediately illegal in at least 13 states. “Birthing bodies have the right to freedom,” Hong wrote in a tweet. “Deciding if or when to become a parent is one of the most personal, life-changing decisions. Access to abortion and reproductive care is a decision we must trust each person to make based on what’s best for their health & their future.”

Wisconsin woman scams Hmong American investors out of at least $16.5 million

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  • A 40-year-old woman in Wisconsin allegedly defrauded around 70 Hmong American investors of at least $16.5 million between April 2017 and April 2021.
  • Kay Yang, along with her husband 47-year-old Chao Yang, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • According to investigators, Yang targeted investors in eight states and used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
  • Most of the investors were unable to have their money returned, and some have lost their entire investment.

A 40-year-old Wisconsin woman has been accused of operating a scheme that defrauded around 70 Hmong American investors out of at least $16.5 million.

A civil complaint was filed on Wednesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, charging Kay Yang with four counts of securities fraud from between April 2017 and April 2021. 

Wisconsin bills could make it the third state to require AAPI history be taught in public schools

Wisconsin Legislation Public School History Curriculum
  • Two Wisconsin bills would amend state law to include the history of Hmong and Asian Pacific Island Desi Americans to the public school curriculum.
  • If passed, Wisconsin will become the third state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools, while New Jersey, following Illinois’ lead, became the second state to do so with the passing of the NJ AAPI Curriculum Bill on Tuesday.

A pair of Wisconsin bills could make it mandatory to include the history of Hmong and Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans to the state public school curriculum.

Senate Bill 379 and Assembly Bill 381 would amend state law to require, “at all grade levels, an understanding of human relations, particularly with regard to American Indians, Black Americans and, Hispanics, Hmong Americans, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans.”

Wisconsin man charged with hate crime in alleged attack on Asian student

wisconsin man hate crime attack asian student

A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking an Asian student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last month.

What happened: Gary J. Stephens Jr., 34, reportedly approached the male student at around 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 16. While the student was holding his phone, Stephens went up to him and slapped it, ultimately damaging it.  Stephens also used an anti-Asian slur during the attack, according to campus police.

Man faces hate crime charge for spitting at Asian UW-Madison student while mentioning COVID-19

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A man was arrested and charged with a hate crime enhancement for spitting at a University of Wisconsin-Madison student of Asian descent and making COVID-19 remarks.

What happened: On the evening of Sept. 15, the unnamed student was walking on West Dayton Street near Ogg Hall when the suspect, Morgan R. Kroll, 37, approached to the victim and spat in her face, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.