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‘Pachinko’ Was Honored as the ‘Best Foreign Language Series’ at This Year’s Critics Choice Awards

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‘Pachinko’ was honored as the ‘Best Foreign Language Series’ at this year’s Critics Choice Awards.

The series, which is based on Min Jin Lee’s novel of the same name, is described as the following: “Epic in scope and intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.”

It stars Lee Min-ho, Academy Award winner Youn Yuh-jung, Jin Ha, and many others.

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Lunar New Year is Officially Named a School Holiday in New York

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Lunar New Year has officially been named a holiday for public schools in New York.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation this past Saturday making the designation official. A bill had been passed by New York lawmakers this past June.

Hochul said, “By designating Lunar New Year as an official school holiday, we are taking an important step in recognizing the importance of New York’s AAPI community and the rich diversity that makes New York so great.”

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Remembering 9/11 Hero Betty Ong, the Flight Attendant That Alerted the World to the Events on Flight 11

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On September 11, 2001 at approximately 8:20 am, Betty Ann Ong spoke in a hushed voice on an Airfone from the back of American Airlines Flight 11. In a calm manner, she told employees on the ground, “The cockpit’s not answering. Somebody’s stabbed in business class — and I think there’s mace…I think we’re getting hijacked.”

Betty, 45, was working an extra shift on Flight 11 in order to join her sister on vacation. But 14 minutes after the plane took off, it made an abrupt U-turn and headed towards New York City. Together with fellow flight attendant Madeline Sweeney, Betty relayed the seat numbers of the five hijackers, allowing authorities to quickly identify them.

Because of their bravery, the world knows the events that took place on Flight 11, how the hijackers took over the plane, and the identity of the hijackers. Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m. Betty’s last words: “Pray for us. Pray for us.”

Betty, whose mother emigrated from China, was born in San Francisco and was the youngest of four siblings. When her family heard the story about a brave flight attendant who had provided information from the plane, they knew that it had to be Betty.

They eventually spoke with Nydia Gonzalez, the American Airlines employee that Betty had spoken to on the ground and learned the details of her heroic actions. Cathie Ong-Herrera, one of Betty’s older sisters, told the New York Post that her sister “gave her life for her country.”

In 2004, the Ong family created a foundation in Betty’s honor. It funds summer camp for kids and social programs for seniors at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. “We continue to keep her legacy alive by the work we’re doing,” Cathie said. “We want to mirror who Betty was.”

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This Cafe in Japan Will Offer Sleeping Pods That Allow You to Sleep While Standing

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Nescafé Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan is planning to offer unique sleeping pods that will allow you to nap while standing up.

The sleeping pods, named Giraffenap, will feature pads and platforms that support your head, butt, shins, and the soles of your feet while you sleep.

Images of the pods can be seen below.

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