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Children’s Hospital Colorado resolves $25 million civil claim in Olivia Gant’s death

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A family’s $25 million civil claim against Children’s Hospital Colorado for the hospital’s alleged missteps when treating 7-year-old Olivia Gant has been “resolved,” those involved said this week.

Olivia Gant, who was a longtime patient at the Aurora hospital, died in 2017 of suspected medical abuse. Investigators believe Olivia’s mother, Kelly Turner, faked her daughter’s illnesses and convinced doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado to perform unnecessary medical procedures for years, ultimately leading to Olivia’s death.

Turner is charged with first-degree murder in her daughter’s death.

A Denver Post investigation this spring found that some doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado suspected Turner might be abusing her daughter, but the hospital did not report the providers’ concerns to the Department of Human Services, and instead relied on an internal team to review the suspicions. The hospital ultimately concluded there was no need to alert outside authorities and allowed Olivia’s mother to stop the girl’s nutrition and take her to hospice.

Some of Olivia’s surviving family members sought $25 million from the hospital, according to a notice to sue filed in 2020.

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Asian talents including BTS, Blackpink, Olivia Rodrigo land 2021 MTV EMA nominations

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The 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards have unveiled the nomination list for 2021, and many Asian talents are featured across multiple different categories.

K-pop nominees: On Oct. 20, the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) announced this year’s nominees which include many K-pop acts such as BTS, Blackpink, Twice, Monsta X and NCT 127.

  • BTS earned four different nominations this year including best pop and best group.
  • As for the biggest fans category, BTS and Blackpink face off against one another along with fellow nominees Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.
  • Blackpink members Lisa and Rosé are nominated separately for the best K-Pop award this year in which they are competing against BTS and groups such as Twice, Monsta X and NCT 127.
  • In the EMA’s best Korean Act for 2021 category, girl groups Aespa, STAYC and Weeekly are nominated along with boy group WEi and boy band Cravity.

Asian Talents: The MTA EMAs also feature other Asian American and Southeast Asian talents.

  • Filipino American pop star Olivia Rodrigo is nominated in five categories including best pop, best song, best new artist, best push and best US Act.
  • Filipino Chinese, African American rapper Saweetie also joins Olivia in the best new artist category.
  • The EMAs also have a best Southeast Asia act category which includes the following nominees: JJ Lin (Singapore), SB19 (Philippines), Ink Waruntorn (Thailand), K-ICM (Vietnam), Lyodra (Indonesia), Naim Daniel (Malaysia).

Voting is currently open on MTV EMAs’ official website until Nov. 10 at 5:59 p.m. ET. While the event is set to take place at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary, it will also air live on Nov. 14 through MTV channels at 3 p.m. ET.

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Orlando activist leads campaign for AAPI history to be part of Florida K-12 curriculum

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Mimi Chan never learned about the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders while going to school in Central Florida. She hopes to have AAPI history implemented statewide so future students will have that opportunity.

How it started: Mimi Chan, an Orlando activist and teacher at Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Temple, published a Change petition in May to include AAPI history in Florida public schools to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month.

  • On Thursday, the petition reached over 8,000 signatures, closing in on the goal of 10,000 signatures.
  • Because of ongoing nationwide trends of verbal and physical abuse against AAPI, Chan believes educating K-12 students about the contributions and legacy of the AAPI community could be a long-term solution.
  • Chan said she has had students talk to her out of concern for the safety of AAPI elderly.
  • “I really feel as an educator that ignorance needs to be fought with knowledge and knowledge is power,” she said. “I felt that Asian American students would be able to kind of see themselves reflected in history here in this country. Hopefully, by having a more inclusive curriculum, we can have our differences celebrated, instead of feared.”

How it’s going: Chan worked with Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani to draft House Bill 281 and Sen. Linda Stewart to draft Senate Bill 490.

  • Chan has been a cultural activist in Orlando since 1980 and met with Rep. Eskamani and Sen. Stewart on multiple occasions before reaching out to them about this cause.
  • She said both congresswomen have been supportive of AAPI issues in the past and felt comfortable asking for guidance and support.

More about Mimi: Chan is the state lead for the grassroots organization Make Us Visible FL, which seeks to amplify the voices of AAPI activists and community members.

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LA County reports 76% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year

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Los Angeles County has reported a 76% growth in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year.

The stats: On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) released a report documenting the increase to 44 recorded incidents in 2020 from 25 in 2019.

  • The data was compiled and analyzed from the L.A. County Sheriff’s department, over 40 city police departments, colleges, universities and trained community-based organizations.
  • The number of hate crimes is at its highest since 2001, which recorded 42 anti-Asian hate crimes and 38 additional crimes whose victims were South Asian after the events of 9/11.
  • Anti-Chinese slurs were used in 15 of the incidents (34%), anti-Japanese slurs were used in four (9%), anti-Indian slurs were used in three (7%) and anti-immigrant slurs were used in 11 (25%).
  • Victims were blamed for COVID-19 in 10 cases (23%).
  • While more men were targeted in the L.A. county area — amounting to 59% of the cases — female victims tripled from five to 15 in the last year.
  • A majority of the attackers also targeted older Asians. Half of the victims were over 40, which included two elderly.
  • Most incidents occurred in public spaces and businesses, and the hate crimes were mostly categorized as simple assaults and intimidation.
  • The report also detailed five separate incidents involving an unprovoked verbal attack, an assault, attempts at an assault, and vandalism of the victim’s property.
  • One hate crime detailed in the report involved a Japanese man who was confronted by  another man in a drugstore parking lot who repeatedly asked him, “Are you Asian?” Upon noticing the stranger was holding a large knife, which he used to slash at the air in circular motions, the fearful victim denied being Asian. The suspect then told the victim to remove his sunglasses so that he could inspect his eyes before attempting to stab him. The victim managed to escape on foot and contact the police. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the man and placed him under arrest for crimes including assault with a deadly weapon.

Since 1980, the LACCHR has compiled a report of hate crime data for its lengthier annual Hate Crime Report, which is expected to arrive next month.

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