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6.23.2020

Trump Refers to Coronavirus as 'Kung Flu.' Again.

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Trump again uses racially insensitive term to describe coronavirus
No doubt because it went over so well last time, Donald Trump again referred to the novel coronavirus as "kung flu," eliciting laughter and wild cheers from a young crowd in Arizona on Tuesday. Because fuck you. Trump was listing the different names he has heard for the virus -- which, by the way has killed at least 119,000 Americans -- during a speech for the student Republican group Turning Point Action. This is racist. He knows it's racist. He simply does not give a shit.

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Trump Suspends Visas Allowing Foreigners to Work in the U.S.
On Monday, Trump temporarily suspended new work visas and barred hundreds of thousands of foreigners from seeking employment in the United States, part of a broad effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country.In a sweeping order, which will be in place at least until the end of the year, Mr. Trump blocked visas for a wide variety of jobs, including those for computer programmers and other skilled workers who enter the country under the H-1B visa, as well as those for seasonal workers in the hospitality industry, students on work-study summer programs and au pairs who arrive under other auspices. Nobody should be surprised by any of this; he's doing exactly what he's been promising forever: ridding the country of immigrants, one by one.

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry
Wow. Author Paula Yoo just unveiled the cover of her upcoming book for young readers, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement The book is a groundbreaking portrait of Vincent Chin and the murder case that took America's Asian American community to the streets in protest of injustice. From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a searing examination of the killing and the trial and verdicts that followed. When killers Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years' probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage in the Asian American community. This outrage galvanized the Asian American movement and paved the way for a new federal civil rights trial of the case. Extensively researched from court transcripts and interviews with key case witnesses -- many speaking for the first time -- Yoo has crafted a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism. From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry will hit shelves on April 6, 2021.

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Amazon Sets Mystery-Comedy ‘Nancy Wu Done It’
Amazon has picked up a very different kind of young adult series that immerses you in a YA novel -- literally. The new comedy series titled Nancy Wu Done It comes from writers and executive producers Kai Yu Wu and Jessica Henwick, and is described as a mashup of Pleasantville and Nancy Drew. The story follows a frustrated Asian American female YA author who suddenly finds herself transported into one of her own books. As a result, she must work with the titular character she created -- who she now hates -- to solve an unfinished mystery. This sounds awesome.

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Over the Moon
Check out the trailer for Netflix and Pearl Studios’ upcoming animated fe ature Over the Moon. Slated to release this fall, Over the Moon follows the story of a young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. Directed by animation legend Glen Keane and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, the musical adventure stars the voices of Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Sandra Oh, Robert G. Chiu, Margaret Cho, and Kimiko Glenn.