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Case against Barry Morphew charged in wife’s death advances

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SALIDA, Colo. — A judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence for the case to proceed against a southern Colorado man who was charged with first-degree murder nearly a year after his wife disappeared on Mother’s Day 2020.

Judge Patrick Murphy ruled Barry Morphew, 53, should stand trial for the presumed death of Suzanne Morphew, a 49-year-old mother of two daughters who was reported missing after she did not return from a bike ride near her home in the Salida area. The judge set cash bail at $500,000, and restricted Morphew from traveling outside of Chaffee County and having contact with several people involved in the case.

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In this still image from video, Barry Morphew, center, appears in court in Salida, Colo., Thursday, May 6, 2021. Morphew was arrested on Wednesday, May 5, in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, who was last seen a year ago on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020.

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Korean ballerina is the first Asian to reach ‘star dancer’ rank at Paris Opera Ballet in its 352 years

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Park Sae-eun is the first Asian ballerina to reach the highest rank at the Paris Opera Ballet in its 352-year history.

Danseuse étoile: On June 10, South Korean ballerina Park Sae-eun made history not only for herself but also for the Paris Opera Ballet when she became the first Asian woman to achieve the “danseuse étoile,” title — or “star dancer” — the highest rank of the prestigious ballet.

  • “I believe that art — not just dance — transcends nationality and race,” Park told Agence France-Presse. “I became the first Asian ballerina to be an etoile and it’s very much become a talking point, but I think of it as something that’s very natural.”
  • According to The Straits Times, Park Sae-eun is one of only two foreign-born etoiles at the renowned company who withstood years of difficult training, language barriers, injury and competitive exams.
  • The 31-year-old Seoul native trained in Russia’s “Vaganova” ballet method at South Korea’s top art institutions. She moved to Paris at the age of 21 and spoke little French when she arrived.
  • Her performance as the lead in “Romeo And Juliet” in June prompted a standing ovation and earned her the etoile rank at the Opera Bastille.
  • “A lot of emotions were overlapping — I was so happy and so grateful, and thought there really is such a day,” Park shared. “I had been waiting for so long…and there were times that were a bit tough, and I was reminded of all of these all at the same time.”
  • Park is also dubbed as the “queen of concours” after being celebrated as a teen prodigy in South Korea. Today, she is highly praised for her emotional depth and lyricism. Paris-based dance critic Laura Cappelle lauds her for her “inner serenity, a gift for slowing down time on stage”.

Featured Image via @saeeun_park (left), Opéra national de Paris (right)

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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.

Featured Image via HYPE LABELS (left), @blackpinkofficial (right)

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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.

Featured Image via Mimi Chan (left), NBC News (right)

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