• Crystal Kung Minkoff on What Being RHOBH 's First Asian Housewife Means to Her

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' newest cast member opens up about diversity, representation and why she joined the hit Bravo show.

  • Asia Is Home to 99 of the World’s 100 Cities Facing the Greatest Environmental Challenges

    A report published May 13 finds 99 of the world's 100 cities with the most environmental risks are in Asia

  • Eddie Huang to Receive Inaugural Variety Voice of Inspiration Award

    Variety will bestow its inaugural Voice of Inspiration Award to filmmaker Eddie Huang at the Reel Works 20th anniversary gala. The honor will be presented each year to a creative who is using their platform to tell interesting stories and inspire others. This year’s award will be presented May 26 in conjunction with the 20th […]

  • California Lawmakers Request $200 Million to Fight Rising Anti-Asian Hate Crime

    A group of California lawmakers is seeking $200 million over three years as part of their budget proposal to help fight the rising anti-Asian hate crimes in the state. Proposal to combat anti-Asian hate: The California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) released its budget proposal on Wednesday, detailing where the $200 million would go in its attempt to stop the hate crimes against Asian Americans, according to AP News. In its budget breakdown, the California APILC will give most of the budget ($109.5 million) to "Victims Services & Prevention."

  • Two boys, 11 and 17, arrested in connection with violent robbery of elderly Asian man

    The younger suspect was caught driving a car that had been carjacked in Oakland, police said.

  • Woman arrested after attacking Asian women in New York City with a hammer for wearing masks, police say

    A woman who attacked two Asian woman in New York and demanded they remove their masks before striking one with a hammer has been arrested, NYPD said.

  • ‘Parasite’ Filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho Helming Korean Animated Deep Sea Adventure

    Bong Joon-Ho, the Oscar-winning Korean director behind Parasite, will helm a feature animation about humans and deep-sea creatures. The Yonhap News Agency reported that the filmmaker has been working on the project since 2018 and finished the screenplay in January. Pic is being produced by local tech company and producer 4th Creative Party. The same […]

  • As India halts vaccine exports, Nepal faces its own Covid crisis

    The landlocked country, which relies on India for medical supplies, is seeing a dramatic rise in cases.

  • Yang sits atop mayoral field vying to revive a battered New York City

    Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate and now New York City mayoral hopeful, bounded into a liquor store this week and listened as its owner shared how the business had suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. John Lau told Yang many of his customers in the borough of Queens - mostly Chinese Americans - remained afraid to venture out thanks to the disease as well as a rise in violence and anti-Asian hate crimes. Yang has vowed to tackle those problems during his upbeat campaign for mayor, promising to revive a weary city battered by the pandemic and facing deep economic, racial and public safety challenges.

  • "AAPI electoral power is on the rise": Hillary Clinton to speak at AAPI unity summit next week

    Hillary Clinton will join a slew of lawmakers and advocates at the progressive AAPI Victory Alliance group's summit on AAPI political power next week. Why it matters: Amid a yearlong surge in anti-Asian hate, the summit aims to cultivate growing AAPI electoral power and increase visibility of AAPI issues. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Unity Summit will take place on May 19. "AAPIs are rising -- we are turning violence into victory and we are going to play a forceful role in American politics in the years to come," AAPI Victory Alliance executive director Varun Nikore said. What she's saying: "AAPI electoral power is on the rise and it’s time AAPI communities get the same recognition, resources, and support as every other ethnic group," Clinton said in a statement. "AAPIs are diverse and growing communities with their own set of challenges and opportunities, and we need to acknowledge that and work to empower them in diverse ways."AAPI Victory Alliance has also invited eight U.S. senators of color to engage in a dialogue about coalition-building at the summit. They include:Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.)Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.)Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)The senators have floated the idea of formally creating a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Caucus, per Washington Post. The big picture: AAPI voters turned out in record numbers in 2020 and played a role in Democratic wins, according to community organizers.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.

  • Singapore reports most COVID-19 cases in 8 months amid airport cluster

    Singapore's health ministry on Thursday reported 24 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the highest daily number since mid-September, with 17 of the fresh cases linked to a cluster at Changi Airport. Authorities had started testing all workers at the airport a few days ago after detecting the cluster. Following months of reporting few new local cases, infections in Singapore have been climbing, prompting authorities to tighten social distancing rules from last week.

  • Japan vaccine chief blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive

    Japan's COVID-19 vaccine chief has blamed a rigid drug approval system for a slow inoculation campaign that is relying on only one approved shot, as a fourth wave of infections raises worries amid preparations for the Summer Olympics. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of vaccines, took responsibility for the public frustration with the vaccine distributed system but also said the approval process was a disadvantage in an emergency. "Even though we are in a state of crisis, we're still using the same rules to approve vaccines that we do under normal times," Kono said in a TBS television interview broadcast on Wednesday.

  • Citi sets sights on 1000 wealth hirings in Hong Kong

    Citigroup has set a target to hire 1,000 wealth professionals in Hong Kong in the next five years, as it seeks to grow its Asian client assets under management by $150 billion following a record year, a statement from the U.S bank said. The recruitment campaign has already started, with 75 private bankers and relationship managers hired so far in 2021 to build on the $310 billion Asian assets under management to date. The headcount target will include 550 new private bankers and relationship managers by 2025, the statement said.

  • Bitcoin ticks back in Asia after Musk tweet sent price down 17%

    Bitcoin rebounded to about $50,000 in Asian trading on Thursday after plunging as much as 17% after Elon Musk tweeted Tesla Inc had stopped accepting bitcoin to purchase its vehicles due to climate concerns. Ether, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency, followed a similar pattern, also dropping 14% to touch a low of $3,550, before bouncing back to about $3,965. "We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel," Musk wrote.

  • Over 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups announce opposition to anti-Asian hate crimes bill

    More than 75 Asian and LGBTQ organizations issued a statement Wednesday rejecting the anti-Asian hate crime bill that recently soared through the Senate.Why it matters: The groups say the bill will bolster law enforcement and further harm marginalized people. Their opposition reflects a fracture among Asian Americans as the community looks to address a yearlong spike in anti-Asian hate. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The bill, backed by prominent AAPI Congress members, including Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), aims to improve hate crime tracking and train police to better identify anti-Asian hate. Lawmakers have denied criticisms that the bill reinforces policing. The House is expected to take up the bill in mid-May and will likely send the legislation to President Biden, who has said he would sign it.What they're saying: In Wednesday's statement, published on writer Jenn Fang's blog, "Reappropriate," activists called the bill a contradiction of "Asian solidarity with Black, Brown, undocumented, trans, low-income, sex worker, and other marginalized communities whose liberation is bound together."The bill does not create "systemic change" and only increases "crime statistics collection," the organizations write. Relying on crime statistics does not actually prevent violence, they argue, pointing to the 2009 Matthew Shepard Act. The Matthew Shepard Act expanded federal hate crime categories to include sexual orientation and gender identity, but the statement notes that the U.S. continues to see high rates of deadly anti-trans violence. Bolstering law enforcement "ignores that police violence is also anti-Asian violence, which has disproportionately targeted Black and Brown Asians," they write.The statement cites the deaths of Christian Hall and Angelo Quinto, Asian Americans who were recently killed by police during mental health crises.The organizations called on members of Congress to oppose the legislation and instead shift resources from law enforcement to communities. Investing in non-carceral alternatives and removing police presence from neighborhoods are among their demands.The big picture: In 16 of the country's largest cities and counties, reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have surged 164% since this time last year, according to a recent study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.

  • Photographer Yu Tsai on supporting Asian American creatives: ’Why aren’t there more?’

    The celebrity fashion photographer is working to uplift young Asian creatives and amplify the voices of Asian Americans.

  • In The Know Honors: Snigdha Sur

    Snigdha is transforming how the United States shares and perceives South Asian stories. The post In The Know Honors: Snigdha Sur appeared first on In The Know.

  • Ethereum creator donates meme coins worth $1 billion to help India fight COVID-19

    Vitalik Buterin donated cryptocurrencies worth $1.5 billion to several non-profit organizations, including $1 billion to a COVID-19 relief fund in India, on Wednesday in one of the largest-ever individual philanthropy efforts. Or at least that was the worth of the cryptocurrencies -- many of which are dog-themed -- when he made the donation. The transaction prompted a panic among some investors, contributing to over 35% drop in SHIB’s price on Wednesday -- and its value continues to fluctuate.

  • Andrew Yang Receives Backlash After Tweeting in Support of Israel

    New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is facing backlash from social media users after posting a tweet on Monday that appears to be pro-Israel. What happened: The former 2020 presidential candidate tweeted on Monday that he is "standing with the people of Israel" and "condemn[s] the Hamas terrorists" amid the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians escalated due in part to “heavy-handed Israeli policing of Palestinians during Ramadan and controversial efforts in the Israeli courts to evict Palestinians from their homes,” BBC reported.

  • Margaret Cho reflects on the groundbreaking sitcom 'All-American Girl': 'I wish we could have done more'

    A quarter-century after the release of her "Drunk With Power" comedy album, Cho tells Yahoo Entertainment that her rocky experience in network television taught her a valuable lesson she's since applied to the rest of her career.