And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.
Hmong Family Whose Son Was Shot by Police Speaking Out in Solidarity
“Youa Vang doesn’t know George Floyd’s family, but she does know their pain. Both lost loved ones at the hands of Minneapolis police: Vang in 2006 when an officer fatally shot her 19-year-old son, Fong Lee; the Floyds, just last week when a white officer used his knee to pin George Floyd down for almost nine minutes after taking him into custody. That shared grief has pushed Vang, a refugee from Laos who immigrated to America in 1988, to stand in solidarity with the black community to fight for justice for Floyd — and to encourage Asian Americans, who have been divided in support of movements like Black Lives Matter, to do the same.”
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Armed Man Arrested for Posing as National Guard in Downtown LA
Asians behaving badly… fake National Guard edition. Police say a 31-year-old man dressed in a uniform, carried an assault rifle and tried to fall in line with National Guard troops on Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. Gregory Wong, who apparently took an Uber downtown while carrying a rifle, was arrested when actual National Guard troops noticed him getting into formation. Wong — reportedly a former member of the National Guard — was arrested for manufacturing or distribution of an assault weapon. Yeah, don’t be this guy.
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’Tell Me Who My Mother Is’: A Korean Adoptee Seeks Her Roots
Armed with DNA test results, Korean American adoptee Kara Bos is asking a South Korean court to rule that an 85-year-old man in Seoul is her biological father as part of her quest to meet him and ask why she was abandoned and who her mother was. Her paternity lawsuit could set a precedent for overseas adoptees.
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Warner Bros. Offers Free Rentals of ‘Just Mercy’
In response to current events, Just Mercy, the 2019 film about the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, has been made available for free rental on digital platforms during the month of June from Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Destin Daniel Crettin, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, who defends Walter McMillian in order to fight a wrongful murder conviction. Check out the film, and to learn more about Bryan Stevenson and his work at the Equal Justice Initiative please visit EJI.org.
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