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Writer who has never heard of Panda Express amuses Twitter with article on the popular chain

  • Lincoln Anderson, editor and owner of Manhattan community newspaper The Village Sun, became a trending topic on Twitter after excerpts from his recent article on Panda Express were shared on the platform.
  • Anderson, who had never heard of Panda Express, wrote about the opening of a new location from the popular Asian American restaurant chain, calling it a “self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”
  • The article further noted that the restaurant “describes its fare as ‘Chinese Flavors With American Tastes,’ if that makes sense. The chain’s 'all-time favorite' dish is 'Original Orange Chicken.’"
  • While many Twitter users found the post funny, some defended Anderson’s article, noting that it’s possible for someone to never run into a Panda Express, particularly in Manhattan, New York.
  • In response, Anderson admitted that he was not that familiar with the restaurant but argued that “many New Yorkers probably don’t have a clue what Panda Express is — or don’t care, no disrespect to Panda Express.”

An editor for a local newspaper in Manhattan, New York, who had never heard of Panda Express, was ridiculed on Twitter for an article he wrote about the popular Asian American restaurant chain. 

Covering the opening of a Panda Express outlet in the city, The Village Sun’s Lincoln Anderson wrote: “Admittedly, it’s no Hane. Rather than a swanky sushi spot, it’s a self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”

Update: Alleged Nanjing Massacre photos discovered in Minnesota pawn shop debunked

  • Photos in an album discovered by a Minnesota pawn shop owner previously believed to have been taken during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre have been debunked.
  • Evan Kail, the owner of St. Louis Park Gold & Silver who goes by “Pawn Man” online, posted a video of the album to TikTok that went viral overnight, garnering over 30 million views and attracting international attention for what many believed was a major historical revelation.
  • “Because of these trolls, particularly this one assclown, nobody will go near this thing now,” Kail claims in a video update posted to his YouTube channel. “I can’t get anybody to f*cking check it out. Every person in Minnesota I had lined up who had some kind of credential ghosted me. They want nothing to do with this because of the controversy.” They don’t want their name anywhere near it.”
  • In an interview with The New Yorker, Timothy Brook, a professor specializing in Chinese history during the Japanese occupation, inspected photographs provided by Kail and determined that “as far as I can tell, none of these photographs are from Nanjing.”
  • It was revealed that the photos Kail believed originated from Nanjing — previously known as Nanking — were captioned “Nanking Road” in the album, which Kail had mistaken for the city when it actually refers to a street in Shanghai.

Photos discovered by a Minnesota pawn shop owner previously believed to have been taken during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre have been debunked.

Evan Kail, the owner of St. Louis Park Gold & Silver who goes by “Pawn Man” online, posted a video to TikTok on Aug. 31 claiming to have discovered long-lost photographs taken during the massacre which lasted for six weeks and saw at least 200,000 Chinese civilians killed by the Imperial Japanese Army. Kail’s video went viral overnight, garnering over 30 million views and attracting international attention for what many believed was a major historical revelation.

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.

China health chief warns against ‘skin-to-skin contact with foreigners’ amid first case of monkeypox

  • Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced on Weibo on Saturday that China now has one case of monkeypox after it “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Wu listed five recommendations in his Weibo post, with the first one igniting controversy on the social media platform.
  • “To prevent possible monkeypox infection and as part of our healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that 1) you do not have direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners,” he wrote.
  • “This is a bit like when the pandemic began, when some people overseas avoided any Chinese people they saw out of fear," one user commented, criticizing Wu’s message. “I don't believe these two things have any scientific basis, they are too broad and will exacerbate public panic."
  • "When the pandemic first began, some of our foreign friends stood up and used our own platforms to tell everybody, 'Chinese people are not the virus,'" another Weibo user wrote.

A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox.

In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.

Relatable video of boy struggling to eat with chopsticks has gone viral on TikTok

  • A video showcasing a young boy’s frustrations over having to use chopsticks has gone viral.
  • The clip depicts a little boy dual-wielding a pair of chopsticks and bursting into tears upon tearing apart a piece of sushi with them.
  • The comments section of the video was flooded with users sympathizing with the boy’s struggles.
  • Since being posted in April of 2021, the clip has accumulated 12.5 million views, almost 600,000 likes and has been shared over 66,000 times.

A video showcasing a young boy’s frustrations over having to use chopsticks has gone viral.

Shared by the user @sarahultmann on TikTok, the clip depicts a little boy dual-wielding a pair of chopsticks and bursting into tears upon accidentally tearing apart a piece of sushi with the very eating utensils meant to help him eat it.  

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.

Fans mourn betta fish known for discovering ‘Pokémon Sapphire’ glitch 20 years after its release

  • Fans are mourning the passing of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.
  • Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements.
  • Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” alongside a team of three other bettas.
  • During the playthrough, Lala displayed a specific set of movements that replicated the rocks in the Seafoam Caverns area instead of moving them.
  • The announcement of Lala’s passing received an outpouring of support from fans, who offered their condolences and honored the legacy of the aquatic gamer with written and artistic tributes.

Fans are mourning the death of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.

Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements. Alongside a team of three other bettas named Maurice, Moo and Ponyo, Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” after a modest 3,195 hours. 

Chinese boy who went viral for correcting planetarium’s mistakes now teaching astronomy to classmates

rocket boy
  • A Chinese boy who previously went viral for correcting a mistake at a planetarium is now teaching astronomy at his school.
  • While exploring a planetarium in July, the boy discovered that an educational film about the Long March rockets contained numerous inaccuracies.
  • A video went viral of the boy pointing out the mistakes in frustration.
  • At the opening ceremony for the new school year, the boy was invited to teach his classmates about astronomy and space science.
  • The boy hopes to teach more astronomy lessons to his classmates.

A 9-year-old boy in China who previously went viral for pointing out inaccuracies in a video shown at a planetarium is now teaching astronomy to his classmates.

The boy, Yan Hongsen, went viral in July after a video showed him pointing out several inaccuracies in an educational film about the Long March rockets that was shown at a planetarium.

Freddie Wong explains why he only eats at Chinese restaurants with 3.5 stars on Yelp

Freddy Wong
  • A TikTok video by Freddie Wong where he explains why he only eats at Chinese restaurants with three and a half stars on Yelp has gone viral.
  • “The easiest way to find authentic Chinese food, assuming you're living in a major metropolitan area, is to go on Yelp and look for restaurants with three and a half stars,” Wong says. “Exactly three and a half — not three, not four — three and a half stars is the sweet spot for authentic Chinese food.”
  • The filmmaker and VFX artist argues that while the service may be worse in such restaurants than higher rated establishments, the food is often better.
  • Wong theorizes that because Asian cultural expectations for service are different, American reviewers criticize authentic Chinese restaurant staff for not being attentive but credit them for their food, which “balances it out.”
  • His video has gone viral on multiple platforms, garnering 6.7 million views on TikTok and 5.2 million on Twitter.

Filmmaker and VFX artist Freddie Wong only eats at Chinese restaurants with three and a half stars on Yelp.

In a viral TikTok video posted to his page, @rocketjump, Wong explains that the best way to find authentic Chinese food is to look for what he calls “the sweet spot” of Yelp ratings.

Viral video shows safari driver keeping his cool in the face of a charging elephant

angry elephant
  • A video of a disgruntled elephant charging a safari jeep has gone viral.
  • The incident allegedly occurred at the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • In the video, the driver quickly puts the vehicle in reverse and drives backwards.
  • The elephant eventually walks away towards the forest.
  • The video, shared to Twitter on Thursday, has garnered over 291,900 views and 9,773 likes since being uploaded.

A video of an angry elephant charging a safari jeep full of tourists has gone viral.

The video, shared to Twitter by Indian Administrative Services officer Supriya Sahu, shows a male elephant trumpeting loudly as he charges towards a Mandira safari jeep. The driver puts the vehicle in reverse and quickly drives backwards to escape. 

Video: Michelle Yeoh calls magic trick ‘boring’ … until a ‘bleeding’ card blows her mind

  • Legendary actor Michelle Yeoh freaked out over a bloody magic card trick performed by Asian American magician Kevin Li.
  • Initially unimpressed with Li’s card trick, Yeoh says, “This is getting boring,” before the magician stabs the five of hearts card with a needle and turns it into Yeoh’s card, the four of hearts.
  • The moment took place at 88rising’s Head In The Clouds music festival last month.
  • As seen in older Instagram posts, Li has also performed tricks for headlining artists Jay Park and Jackson Wang.

It is a tall order to impress film icon Michelle Yeoh, but Asian American magician Kevin Li literally did the trick.

In a clip posted by Li on his Instagram account on Wednesday, the magician tries to flex his skills for Yeoh.

Viral video of pet dog biting a boy in India as its owner does nothing sparks outrage

  • A video of a pet dog biting a young boy as its owner appears to do nothing in a residential building’s elevator in India has gone viral and sparked outrage.
  • The incident reportedly occurred at around 6 p.m. local time on Monday.
  • The boy’s father filed a complaint at the Nandgram police station, and the woman was handed a fine of 5,000 INR (approximately $62.79) by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.
  • An investigation is currently underway.

A video of a pet dog biting a young boy in India went viral and sparked outrage as the dog owner did nothing to help the child. 

In the viral CCTV footage, the dog can be seen jumping and biting the boy’s right leg inside of an elevator at the Rajnagar Extension Charms County Society in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. As the boy clutches his leg and hops on one foot in pain, the woman accompanying the dog stays still and does not bother to check on the child.