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Covering dailies and enterprise stories across a variety of beats.

Total story count: 37. Here are the highlights:

WORLD


Iranians are exposing their regime’s abuses online — and the world is watching

Sept. 30, 2022

Diaspora Iranians who take a public stance on anti-government protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death forfeit ever returning to Iran, where they’d face arrest. Those uploading footage from the ground know they are risking their lives daily. But Iranians see hope now, they say, and that makes it all worth it.


The Twitter account giving a window into China’s internet

April 24, 2022

A translation project is exposing pro-Russian sentiment on Chinese social media to the outside world, challenging Beijing’s image of neutrality in the Ukraine conflict.


‘My heart is numb’: Chinese students stranded in U.S. by coronavirus

Feb. 16, 2022

Lack of flights, strict quarantine requirements and their own Covid-19 infections are making it difficult for Chinese students abroad to travel home.


BUSINESS


How NYC’s pay transparency law sets the stage for the next big shift in work culture

Nov. 4, 2022

Talking about salary is no longer taboo, but rapidly becoming the new norm. What’s happening now with pay transparency will most likely mirror what has happened with remote work in recent years, experts said.


CULTURE


AAPI Heritage Month: 100 ways Asian Americans and allies are fighting hate crimes, violence

May 2, 2022

From local fundraisers to rallies to national legislation to systemic changes in schools, AAPIs and others are developing solutions to increase visibility and fight racism.


Black Mormons turn to TikTok to hold majority-white school accountable on race

April 21, 2022

The Black Menaces have gone viral for their man-on-the-street interviews showcasing campus culture at Brigham Young University, a Mormon school with a Black population of less than 1%. The group puts fellow students on the spot with questions about race, identity and politics.


Elaine Hsieh Chou channels her ‘unspoken rage’ in debut novel ‘Disorientation’

April 13, 2022

“Not having a reflection back of your experiences is a form of gaslighting because you’re like, ‘Well, I guess all these things I feel are invented,’” Chou said.


Lana Condor says rom-coms have too long been about ‘women that do not look like me’

March 29, 2022

Lana Condor spoke with NBC Asian America before the “Moonshot” premiere about lessons viewers can take from the film and how she learned to embrace her identity as a Vietnamese American transnational adoptee.


‘I was in it for the memes’: How Subtle Asian Dating sparked unexpected lasting relationships

March 7, 2022

“I would always see other people posting their friends,” one group member said. “And I’d be like, ‘Wow, I wonder if anything happens.’”


IDENTITY


Burned and vandalized: A history of cherry blossoms bearing the brunt of xenophobia

April 26, 2022

From Pearl Harbor to Covid-19 scapegoating, Japanese cherry blossom trees have been destroyed during times of heightened anti-Asian sentiment.


As Chinatowns face rapid change, America’s oldest Chinese restaurants are bent on surviving

March 23, 2022

Traditional Chinese mom-and-pop eateries are facing multiple challenges of gentrification, shifting trends and increased bias attacks.


From crime victims to politicians, misidentifying Asians is part of America’s racist history

March 1, 2022

“I think people misunderstand the term ‘microaggression’ in a lot of ways, because the ‘micro’ doesn’t apply to the impact,” said one person who has been mistaken for others in their field.


Artist’s makeup mirror exhibit symbolizes Asians looking over shoulder in subway

Feb. 7, 2022

Artist Kelly Wang was 6 years old when two of her schoolmates told her they “want to kill all the Chinese people.” Today, the 29-year-old carries a mirrored makeup compact when out in New York City, where she lives and works — not to touch up her appearance, but to subtly check behind her shoulder on a subway platform at night.


Dailies


Judge dismisses suit alleging TikTok ‘blackout challenge’ caused girl’s death

Oct. 26, 2022

The ruling illustrates a failed attempt by parents to bypass the protections historically afforded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet platforms like TikTok from being held liable for content posted by third-party users.


‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirts were handed out on Los Angeles’ skid row. One woman decided to give unhoused people an alternative option.

Oct. 21, 2022

“I’m not gonna allow their desperation to lead to their harm because people want to dump stuff like that in our community,” said Shirley Raines, who distributed about 200 plain black T-shirts on skid row in hopes of offsetting the influx of “White Lives Matter” shirts.



Dunkin’ changed its rewards program. Devotees of the coffee brand are expressing their outrage.

Oct. 12, 2022

The reactions? Spite, resentment, anger. Some are switching to other coffee chains despite years of loyalty to Dunkin’.


‘We got weights in fish’: A cheating controversy goes viral on TikTok

Oct. 3, 2022

The world of competitive fishing is up in arms over a scandal that saw two fishermen accused of weighing down their catch with lead balls to win a fishing tournament in Cleveland. What nobody at the competition expected, however, was for the incident to also blow up online.


Cities across U.S. hold rallies to commemorate Atlanta-area spa shootings

March 17, 2022

“Why are we tying ourselves in knots trying to solve a problem that we did not create?” author Min Jin Lee said at a rally in New York City.


LGBTQ book ban advocate faces felony child molestation charge in Missouri

Feb. 3, 2022

He sought to ban LGBTQ books from schools for depicting sexual content. Now, he’s facing charges of child molestation and furnishing porn to a minor.


Miss. bill would block incarcerated people, minors from legally changing their name

Jan. 21, 2022

Critics say certain provisions of the “Real You Act of 2022” are “particularly cruel.”