New data shows more Asian American deaths in 2020

Asian Americans join Black and Hispanic Americans among the hardest-hit groups of the coronavirus pandemic, with deaths jumping 30% or higher this year, according to a new analysis by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. (Aug. 21)

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The Jamaican family of Kamala Harris reacts to her VP nomination | AFP

The Jamaican cousins of Kamala Harris, the newly nominated Democratic candidate for the vice presidency of the United States say she is the perfect woman for the job saying, “She will bring good changes to the world, as a leading country of the world” and that, “she definitely has the substance, the toughness and the determination to do it.” Harris, who has a Jamaican father, could make history becoming the first Black, Asian American, female VP in November’s election.

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Asian American celebrities react to calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus’

Some celebs of Asian descent say labeling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’ encourages xenophobia and racism. (April 27)

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Asian American and Canadian actors on racism related to COVID-19: ‘Is this going to regress us?’

After years of closed doors and small roles, Asian actors and creators have broken through into mainstream pop culture, with unique stories. However, some fear that the recent increase in racism due to the breakout of COVID-19 in China will derail some of the progress that’s been made. (April 27)

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Virus fears hurting Chinatowns in US

Asian-American businesses in major U.S. cities are seeing a remarkable decline in customers amid fears about the viral outbreak that originated in China. (Feb. 18)

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The Asian American Band That Fought The U.S. Gov’t Over Their Own “Offensive” Name

When The Slants tried to trademark their band name, they were blocked by the Patent and Trademark office, on the grounds that “Slant” is offensive to Asian Americans – even though the band is all Asian American.

They ended up winning that battle. But recently, The Slants announced that they’ll no longer be playing live shows. So here’s a look at the band when they were still fighting the United States government over the rights to their own name.

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‘Wu Assassins’ star Celia Au on ‘Power Rangers’ impact

Celia Au, one of the stars of the Netflix series “Wu Assassins” says she hopes she can inspire young Asian-American actors in the same way the Yellow Power Ranger impacted her. She also said that growing up in her parents’ New York City video store helped steer her toward acting. (Aug. 28)

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‘It’s about time’ for comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

At CinemaCon, cast and crew of “Crazy Rich Asians” celebrate the impending release of the mainstream romantic comedy, which focuses on an Asian American couple. (April 25)

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This Movie Might Be “The Answer” to #StarringJohnCho

Movies made by minorities often don’t get traction unless they’re explicitly about minorities. But the mesmerizing new film “Columbus,” released last week, breaks through that wall.

The movie stars John Cho, making it the first film since the viral #StarringJohnCho meme of last year in which John Cho is playing the lead. It’s also the debut project by Kogonada, an Asian American film essayist turned filmmaker.

VICE News visited Columbus, Indiana, the film’s location, and talked with Kogonada and Cho about the barriers they face in making art that is ‘universal’.

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