South Asian Americans celebrate Harris as VP pick

Kamala Harris often focuses on her identity as a Black woman. Yet her role as Joe Biden’s running mate is celebrated by South Asians and putting the spotlight on her as the first person of Asian descent on a major party presidential ticket. (Aug. 13)

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China: images of a bus entering in US Chengdu consulate | AFP

Images of the entrance to the American consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu after the Asian country’s government ordered its closure in response to the United States’ decision to close China’s consulate in Houston on espionage charges.

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Images of US Chengdu consulate as China orders closure | AFP

Images of the entrance to the American consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu being guarded by Chinese police officers and photographed by onlookers, after the Asian country’s government ordered its closure in response to the United States’ decision to close China’s consulate in Houston on espionage charges.

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Birth of two Asian lion females at the Rome Zoo | AFP

Two Asian lion cubs, born on April 29th at the Rome Zoological Park, can now be seen in the enclosure with their mother and father. Zookeepers say the birth of these Asian lion cubs is excellent news as it is one of the most endangered animals on the planet.

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Modi salutes Indian soldiers dead in China border clash | AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi salutes the 20 Indian soldiers who were killed in clashes with Chinese troops on the Asian giants’ border.

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Mara the elephant leaves Argentina for Brazil sanctuary | AFP

Mara, an Asian elephant in her early fifties, is leaving her enclosure at the former city zoo of Buenos Aires to join a special sanctuary in Brazil. The technical team travelling with Mara will take precautions to protect themselves, as well as the elephant, from catching coronavirus.

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Asian giant hornets spotted for first time in US | AFP

The deadly Asian giant hornet, known as the “murder hornet” has been spotted for the first time in the United States, prompting fears it could decimate the honeybee population and creating a buzz on social media.

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Creative cooks: Asian street food chefs fight lockdown slowdown | AFP

From Facebook groups to hyper-local delivery services, southeast Asia’s street food chefs are cooking up creative ways to sell their wares as they struggle to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. The region is known for exotic treats often enjoyed at chairs and tables by the roadside, from mango sticky rice to rich coconut curries. But restrictions imposed to fight the virus have forced vendors off the streets and confined customers to their homes — leaving businesses scrambling to find new ways to make ends meet.

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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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Coronavirus: Myanmar military helps disinfect Yangon’s streets | AFP

Myanmar’s military has joined coronavirus relief efforts by disinfecting streets in Yangon. The southeast Asian country has reported just a handful of cases of COVID-19, but experts say the real figure may be many times higher.

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Here’s the latest for Monday March 16th: Coronavirus headlines Democratic debate; Asian markets dive; Germany partly closes border; White House protecting Trump and staff from virus.

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Markets in free fall over virus fears | AFP

The Dow plunges ten percent – its worst session since 1987, with Asian markets opening sharply down on Friday. It comes as emergency measures by central banks have failed to stem recession fears due to the coronavirus.

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US: Asian Americans warn of ‘xenophobia’ over coronavirus outbreak | AFP

As the usually bustling streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles are mostly deserted amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak, Asian Americans say they are being unfairly associated with the disease. “The thing that I am actually most concerned about is kind of the racial profiling and xenophobia that’s been happening,” says Tiffany Yu, the CEO of a disability advocacy organization. “I think there is still a lot of research that’s being done around coronavirus but the fact that people within the Asian community, people who look Asian, people who look Chinese are being identified as having the virus, I think is a little bit more concerning of a reaction that’s happening.”

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Cambodia: Passengers of US cruise ship blocked over virus fears disembark | AFP

Passengers begin disembarking a US cruise ship at a Cambodian pier, after the vessel had been blocked from several Asian ports over concerns that a passenger could have been infected with the new coronavirus. IMAGES

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US cruise ship blocked over virus fears docks in Cambodia | AFP

A US cruise ship docks at a Cambodian pier after being blocked from several Asian ports over concerns that a passenger could have been infected with the new coronavirus.

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US cruise ship arrives in Cambodia waters, waits to dock | AFP

A US cruise ship that was rejected at Asian ports over coronavirus fears arrives in Cambodia and waits to dock in Sihanoukville. The scheduled arrival on Thursday will bring an end to what was meant to be a dream 14-day cruise across Asia. IMAGES

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Motorcross meets Eastern flare at Namilia fashion show

Namilia sought to deconstruct Asian stereotypes of demure, submissive women by showing “strong, powerful” looks on the runway at New York Fashion Week. (Feb. 12)

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Technology helps to contain invasive Asian carp

Wildlife officials are using loud noises and electricity in a massive roundup of invasive Asian carp on Kentucky Lake. At the same time, companies are trying to find new markets for the fish that is popular overseas, but not in the U.S. (Feb. 12)

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Coronavirus stokes fears and racism in Paris’s Chinatown | AFP

In Belleville, Paris’s second Chinatown, Asian restaurants, herbalists and supermarkets are all half empty because of the coronavirus. Even though the six French cases are in isolation in the hospital, fear of the epidemic is creating fears and racism.

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Christmas tree feast for animals at Berlin Zoo | AFP

Like every year, the caretakers of one of Berlin’s zoos give unsold Christmas trees to Asian elephants, dromedaries and porcupines: a feast for some and an unexpected distraction for the others.

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