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Cardi B explains why she referred to Met Gala gown designer as ‘Asian’

Cardi B explains why she referred to Met Gala gown designer as ‘Asian’

[ad_1] Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more Cardi B has clarified why she referred to the designer of her Met Gala gown as “Asian,” rather than calling him by his name. The 31-year-old rapper was one of the many stars who walked the red carpet at the 2024 Met Gala in New York City on Monday. During an interview at the fashion extravaganza with Emma Chamberlain, Cardi B opened up about her voluminous black dress, which she said was made by “an amazing designer” who was “Asian and everything”. Following the event, she was hit with immense criticism for referring to the designer, Sensen Lii, as Asian, withVogue‘s former managing director Gilbert Cheah writing on Instagram that Cardi B should have “remembered” Lii’s name. The “Bodak Yellow” singer then went to her Instagram Story to defend herself and respond to Cheah, acknowledging why she felt so nervous …

Biden campaign launches M May ad buy focused on Black, Latino, Asian American voters

Biden campaign launches $14M May ad buy focused on Black, Latino, Asian American voters

[ad_1] President Biden’s reelection campaign launched a $14 million ad campaign for May, which will focus on reaching Black, Latino and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) voters. The investments will cover the states the Biden campaign considers essential to victory, including the Midwest’s “Blue Wall,” the Sunbelt and the Southwest. The ads will run during sports programming, during commercials for shows like ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” and on digital platforms. The campaign plans to have more than 500 staff and 200 offices in the states open by the end of May. It also plans to ramp up surrogate travel and outreach to small businesses during the month. In announcing the ad launch, the campaign bashed former President Trump’s campaign for its fundraising, which has been lagging the Biden campaign’s $192 million in cash on hand. “We have historic cash on hand that literally trumps our opponents,” communications director Michael Tyler told reporters, adding that the Trump team has “little time to catch up.” The campaign noted that Trump is “stuck in New York” …

Asian stocks face modest foreign outflows in April

Asian stocks face modest foreign outflows in April

[ad_1] Key Asian markets witnessed modest foreign outflows in April, driven by a rise in U.S. Treasury yields, as traders expect the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates elevated for longer to combat inflationary pressures. Data from stock exchanges in Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea revealed that foreign investors sold a net $2.54 billion in regional equities last month, the largest monthly net outflow since November 2023. These outflows, however, pale in comparison to the roughly $18.57 billion in net foreign inflows seen during the first quarter. “Higher Treasury yields on a pushback in Fed’s rate cuts, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and higher oil prices were looked upon as potential reasons for profit-taking,” said Yeap Jun Rong, market strategist at IG. Taiwan stocks saw $2.23 billion in foreign outflows last month, ending a five-month streak of consecutive inflows. Foreign investors withdrew $1.14 billion from Indonesian equities, $1.04 billion from Indian markets, and $190 million from Vietnamese stocks. Conversely, South Korea and the Philippines attracted foreign inflows of $1.79 …

As Trump seeks US presidency again, Asian-Americans fear another rise in hate crimes

As Trump seeks US presidency again, Asian-Americans fear another rise in hate crimes

[ad_1] MANY ATTACKS GO UNREPORTED Research by the foundation showed that three out of four of those surveyed in New York changed their behaviour last year, out of fear of being targeted in an anti-Asian attack. Almost half of women respondents avoided taking public transport. The foundation also found that half of the Asian-Americans living in New York City experienced hate crime because of their race or ethnicity in 2023.  These crimes included threats, harassment, verbal abuse or physical attacks, with many incidents going unreported. These hate crimes prompted some in the city’s Chinatown community to install security cameras to ease safety concerns.  Campaigners said official statistics fail to capture the full range of anti-Asian incidents – either because they’re misclassified, or victims don’t come forward. In early 2021, several violent attacks on older Asians rocked the state of California. An 84-year-old Thai man died after being shoved to the ground in San Francisco, while another 91-year-old was assaulted and fell face-first onto a pavement. These unprovoked attacks were caught on video within a span …

South Asian groups work to break cultural, religious stigmas around domestic violence

South Asian groups work to break cultural, religious stigmas around domestic violence

[ad_1] (RNS) — In a survey of nearly 500 South Asian immigrants in the U.S., nearly half (48%) reported experiencing physical domestic violence in their lifetime, according to a 2021 study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and cited by survivor advocacy organization South Asian SOAR. And physical violence is only one form of abuse South Asian immigrants, both men and women, report experiencing at home. Nearly four in 10 say they have experienced emotional abuse (38%), more than one-third report economic abuse (35%). Other commonly reported forms of domestic abuse include verbal (27%), immigration-related (26%), in-laws related (19%), and sex abuse (11%). Bringing attention to the pervasive issue of domestic abuse within the South Asian diaspora has been the focus of an increasing number of survivor advocacy organizations, with many of them founded and run by South Asians, who argue the cultural context is important for understanding, addressing and preventing domestic abuse. Ultimately, they believe ending intimate partner violence in the South Asian diaspora must happen from within. “When I hear about other …

New book chronicles half-century of Asian American life, through the lens of one photographer

New book chronicles half-century of Asian American life, through the lens of one photographer

[ad_1] Throughout the book, essays like Bald’s — by prominent Asian American artists, writers, and community advocates — provide historical context for the seminal, albeit seldom discussed, moments of Asian American history that Lee was so driven to memorialize. Ai Weiwei, Hua Hsu and Helen Zia are among those who pay tribute to Lee and his contributions to Asian American communities, from behind his camera and beyond. Many contributors knew Lee personally and considered him a friend. “Corky was a legendary storyteller,” writes Ngai, in the book’s biographical segment. “Every photograph contained a mini-lesson in Asian American history and community life that he was eager to share.” One of those lessons takes place in April 1975, when Peter Yew, a witness to a traffic dispute, protested the police treatment of a bystander. Yew himself was then arrested and beaten by cops at Manhattan Chinatown’s Fifth Precinct. One month later, upward of 20,000 protesters, hailing across generations and ethnic lines, marched in solidarity with him. Lee documented the march and the violent police confrontations that took …

Asian Americans reflect on how ‘Harold & Kumar’ helped weed out stereotypes

Asian Americans reflect on how ‘Harold & Kumar’ helped weed out stereotypes

[ad_1] Christine Hoang, a screenwriter based in Austin, Texas, said she also had distinct memories of watching the film. Hoang, who’s in her 40s, said she conformed to her parents’ pressures for most of her life, going to law school and eventually becoming an entertainment lawyer. Hoang said she had just taken the bar exam when the film debuted.  “I grew up in the ‘Just Say No’ era with very strict Catholic parents. You go to school and your refugee parents are pushing you to be successful, because otherwise, what are their sacrifices for?” Hoang said. “But when I saw it, I was like, ‘Wow, we had choices all this time? I could go on a trip and ride a tiger? … I didn’t know people could take paths other than what was prescribed to you by your parents.” Hoang said it was eye-opening to see Asian Americans on screen act impulsively and selfishly without calculating their parents’ expectations in their every move — a privilege she felt was only available to white people. While …

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ breaks ‘Asian curse,’ crowning first Taiwanese American queen

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ breaks ‘Asian curse,’ crowning first Taiwanese American queen

[ad_1] “RuPaul’s Drag Race” crowned its first Taiwanese American drag queen Friday, breaking what the winner recently called the competition series’ “Asian curse.” Nymphia Wind — known for her obsession with the color yellow and bananas, and for her couture-like design talent — snatched the crown from fellow finalists Plane Jane and Sapphira Cristál, becoming the winner of the Emmy-winning series’ 16th season. Native Hawaiian Sasha Colby won last season’s competition, while “Drag Race” fan favorite Raja Gemini, who is of Indonesian and Dutch heritage, won the show’s third season in 2011. In an interview this week on “Whatcha Packin’,” an exit-interview series of “Drag Race” contestants hosted by the show’s longtime judge and former girl group star Michelle Visage, Wind said she felt a responsibility to do well in the competition series for the Asian American community. “All I said to myself was, I’m here to break the Asian curse,” Wind, 28, said. “I am not going to be out early on.” Wind added, “So I just wanted to come here and show a rich, …

New Year celebrations unite religious groups across the South Asian diaspora

New Year celebrations unite religious groups across the South Asian diaspora

[ad_1] (RNS) — For the past week, between April 9 and 15, South Asians celebrated the beginning of a new year with friends and family. Although originating in the Hindu luni-solar calendar — the Vedic auspicious month of Chaitra marks the beginning of a joyous new spring season and harvest — New Year celebrations have been adopted and adapted by religions and cultures across the Indian subcontinent. Indians from all backgrounds celebrate according to their community’s socio-religious customs and unique calendars, from Ugadi for Telegus and Kannadigas in the southern states to the Gudi Padwa festival of western Maharashtra to the northern Assamese New Year celebration of Bohag Bihu, just to name a few. And for those who immigrated to the United States from India, Bangladesh, Nepal or Sri Lanka, these New Year celebrations emphasize an important aspect of South Asian diasporic identity: the cultural heritage they share, rather than religious differences. “It’s not just about crops,” said Sahej Preet Singh, a Sikh man from the northwestern state of Punjab, who moved to the United …

Meta’s AI Refuses to Show Asian Men With White Women

Meta’s AI Refuses to Show Asian Men With White Women

[ad_1] Bias keeps leaking out of these AI models. Asian Confusion Meta’s AI image generator Imagine is having a lot of trouble imagining certain interracial relationships. As The Verge found, prompting the tool to come up with images like “Asian man and Caucasian friend” and “Asian man and white wife,” the app consistently generated pictures of two Asian people instead. Oddly enough, as Gizmodo later discovered, the tool had no problem generating pictures of other interracial couples, like a white man and an Asian woman. (The issue is particularly striking because the white Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, is Asian.) It’s yet another sign that the data tools that Meta’s Imagine, and competing systems like Google’s Gemini and OpenAI’s DALL-E, are trained on are inherently flawed and suffering from some glaring biases. After all, scouring the entirety of the internet to train an image generator is bound to further existing racial stereotypes — and the company’s efforts to correct them are falling far short. Artificial Diversity We’ve already seen the pendulum swing way too …