Amber is an international student from Taipei City, Taiwan studying in the U.S. She loves to work on pieces that raise awareness about global sociopolitical issues as a writer and editor for Dear Asian Youth, and she believes strongly in the importance of using history to contextualize contemporary events. She loves bubble milk tea to an unhealthy degree.
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)
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.
The Surfside Condo Collapse
On June 24, the 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida, experienced a partial progressive collapse. At approximately 1:25 a.m. EDT, part of the building collapsed. Nine seconds later, units northeast to that section collapsed as well. Photo Credits: Mark Humphrey/AP, FILE