Articles that report and analyze up-to-date, in-depth events that affect the Asian and global community, written collaboratively by the DAY Staff Team.
Indonesia Struck By 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake
Indonesia’s West Java Province was struck by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake during the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2022, with at least 268 fatalities, 151 missing, and hundreds more injured.
Gujarat Bridge Collapse
On the evening of October 30, 2022 following recent renovations, the Gujarat Bridge along the Machchhu River collapsed, plunging many citizens into the river. The 137-year-old pedestrian bridge’s cable appeared to have snapped. With 200 people on the bridge at that moment, the death toll has now reached 135, 54 of them being children.
Joy Luck Club Sequel in Development
While the original film revealed what it meant to be a mother, the anticipated sequel will follow the four daughters into their journeys of motherhood. To help tell this next chapter of mothers and daughters (and now grandmothers), original screenwriter Ronald Bass will be reuniting with Tan to bring to life the next generation of these four families.
Chun Wai Chan debuts as the first Chinese principal dancer at the New York City Ballet
Chun Wai Chan is the first company dancer of Chinese ancestry to have been chosen for this rank. He recently debuted in this distinction with the NYCB’s Fall 2022 season; his impeccable technique and alluring charisma are both receiving much acclaim.
Floods in Pakistan
The floods have caused the country’s life to halt—more than 1 million homes, 2 million acres of crops, 17,566 schools, 3,000 miles of roads, and 900 health facilities are now destroyed or damaged, showing how this humanitarian crisis is multifaceted and all-pervasive in its impact.
The Dowry System & Sexual Violence Towards Women in India
TW: marital rape, sexual assault and violence, dowry deaths, suicide, gender-based violence
Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted on all Charges of Murder and Reckless Endangerment
On August 25, 2020, then 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse made his way up from Antioch Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was the third night of protests against police brutality, following an altercation where white police officer Rustin Sheshky shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, several times in the back paralyzing him from the waist down.
(Picture credit: AP News)
A Fight for Freedom: The Ongoing Protests in Cuba
Chants of “Libertad (freedom),” “We want change,” and “Down with the dictatorship” rang as protests rocked the streets of Cuba for the first time in over 60 years. Citizens protested the lack of access to food and water, skyrocketing prices of necessities such as medicine and fuel, and power outages amid rising coronavirus cases.
(Picture credit: YAMIL LAGE | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE | GETTY IMAGES)
Protestors Storm Iraq’s Parliament
On July 22, Iraqi demonstrators stormed the Council Representatives of Iraq building in the Baghdad Green Zone–an area housing several government buildings including Iraq’s Parliament–in support of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, denouncing Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, who who was nominated by the Coordination Framework (CF) to be Prime Minister of the new Iraqi Government.
(Picture credit: Thaier Al-Sudani | Reuters)
The Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
In the morning of June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively retracting federal protection over the right to abortion. The case between the Mississippi Health Department and the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case upheld that the Mississippi 15 week abortion ban was constitutional gutting Roe, and starting a chain reaction of abortion bans across the U.S.
(Picture credit: Law Insider)
We Must Remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre
June 4th, 2021 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre – and the first year since the 1989 massacre where no formal commemoration event will be held as per government-sponsored censorship rules. Following a tumultuous year of pandemic restrictions, civil and political unrest, and government censorship, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has deemed vigils to commemorate the deaths of up to several thousand peaceful protesters an “unauthorized political act.”
Michelle Yeoh Receives an AFI Honorary Degree
On Aug. 13, Michelle Yeoh received an honorary degree from the American Film Institute (AFI) at the conservatory's commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022. The ceremony, which took place in the Hollywood TCL Chinese Theater, awarded Yeoh a Doctorate of Fine Arts for her "contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image."
(Picture Credit: Variety)
COVID-19 in North Korea
On May 12, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the presence of the Omicron variant in Pyeongchang, marking the first public acknowledgment of COVID-19 in the notoriously secretive country. President Kim Jong-un subsequently enacted lockdown measures, but the administration eased restrictions, citing low case counts.
Protest Break out in Kazakhstan
As of last Sunday, Jan 9, 164 people were killed in a violent week of protesting in Kazakhstan sparked over raised gas prices. On January 1 this year, the Kazakhstan government lifted the price cap on gas, which led to a steep increase in costs of petroleum gas. The overnight doubling of the cost of liquid petroleum gas was seen as an insult to the oil workers that had cultivated the industry. The citizens started protesting in the western oil city of Zhanaozen. Cities across the country, including Almaty, joined the protest, making it the largest the country has seen in three decades.
(Picture credit: Vladimir Tretyakov | AP Photo)
The Pandemic of Violence Against East and Southeast Asian Women in the US
On the morning of Sunday, February 13th, 35-year-old Christina Yuna Lee was stabbed to death inside her Lower Manhattan apartment in Chinatown by a man who followed her into the building.
(Picture credit: Clark Hodgin | The New York Times)