Asian American Teen Dies From Suspected Overdose at HARD Music Festival

 

This past weekend, the Asian American community experienced a tragic loss. Nineteen-year-old Emily Tran of Anaheim, Calif., died of a suspected drug overdose while attending the summer music festival, HARD, in South El Monte, Calif.

According to a statement from the organizers of the concert, Tran began experiencing seizures. The teen was admitted into a health tent at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and was then taken to the hospital. Sadly, Tran passed away at about 5:30 a.m. the following morning.

Although the autopsy is still pending, there are major suspicions that drugs were involved in the death. According to LA Weekly, “sheriff’s officials believed the teen had turned up positive for signs of methamphetamine and ecstasy, although the latter is an amphetamine derivative that can set off signals of meth use.”

 

 

Unfortunately, this is not the first death associated with rave-like parties. In fact, electronic dance music (EDM) festivals were shut out of the L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena in 2011 after a 15-year-old, who had sneaked into the a 2010 rave, died of an ecstasy overdose. Additionally, 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang passed away recently at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas due to, once again, ecstasy overdose.

Although security was notably more strict at this year’s HARD festival, more than 100 people were arrested and many were narcotics related.

Some have pointed out that the Asian American community has a rather large presence at these rave-like parties, but we believe this issue of drug consumption is one that not only affects Asian American youth, but American youth in general. Could these overdoses have been prevented if the deceased knew more about the drugs they were consuming? What sort of steps can we take to prevent similar outcomes?

Tell us what you think.

 

 

You Won’t Believe What This Artist Did For Her Late Mother

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are artists who have been working together in Beijing since the late 90′s. The duo is known for using extreme and sometimes controversial mediums. For instance, the two have used live animals, human fat tissue and baby cadavers within their installations. These works of art often deal with the theme of death. As expected, the two have come up with some of China’s most controversial pieces of art.

This year, the duo put together a very personal piece inspired by the passion of Peng Yu’s mother.

According to RocketNews24, Peng Yu conducted an interview with her mother before she died to discuss the end of her life and her thoughts on afterlife. Peng Yu’s mother went into detail about rebirth and reincarnation.

“If I die, I don’t want to come back as some creature that lives on land,” she explained. “I want to fly, soaring above the earth in the company of red-crowned cranes. How free it would be, live where I want, land where ever I wish.

Inspired by her words, the artists decided to honor her life with a piece called “If I Died.” The installment portrays what his mother hoped for in her afterlife. The piece shows Peng Yu’s mother soaring with the bird and see creatures. Precisely as she had wished, she seems at peace.

The birds are stuffed specimens while Peng Yu’s mother and the sea creatures are made from fiberglass and silica gel. Check them out below.

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Asian American Couple Jailed and Accused of Murdering Adopted Daughter

An Asian-American married couple from Los Angeles are jailed in the Middle East and accused of murder with intent for allegedly starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter, Gloria.

According to freemattandgrace.com, Matthew and Grace Huang were in Qatar because Matthew, a Stanford-trained engineer, was working on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup Improvements. With them were their three children- all of whom were adopted from Africa.

On January 15, 2013, Gloria suddenly died and the couple was arrested shortly after. The couple is charged for intentionally starving the child for the purposes of human trafficking despite the fact that there is no actual evidence that the couple ever harmed or mistreated their children.

The Qatari doctor who conducted Gloria’s autopsy concluded that her cause of death was dehydration and wasting disease though supporters in the U.S. argue that such a conclusion doesn’t add up. Gloria’s history of eating disorders and malnutrition, as well as the health risks that arose from them, are not taken into account.

It is, however, not a stretch to assume that malnutrition played a hand in the child’s death. Huffington Post reports “Their daughter, who was severely malnourished in early childhood, would periodically refuse food for several days and then binge eat or get food from bizarre sources, such as garbage cans or from strangers – a behavior her parents traced to her impoverished upbringing and were trying to address…The behavior is not uncommon in adopted children who have suffered from severe malnutrition in their past.”

The claim that she was starved, however, doesn’t seem to add up. Gloria was seen walking around the day before she died. If starvation were the cause, she certainly would not have had the strength to do so.

Despite Gloria lacking any physical evidence of abuse, the investigative report theorized that the adopted children were bought for organ harvesting and perhaps for medical experimentation. Yes, we agree- this is a rather harsh accusation to make.

Even more alarming, the report suggests that theres no legitimate reason to adopt these children who were not “good-looking” and did not share their “hereditary traits”. U.S. supporters argue that this abrasive comment is due to a culture gap. In America, adoption is accepted and perfectly normal, but it is a foreign concept in many countries in the Middle East.

The couple’s other two children are being cared for by their grandmother while the trial continues. The Huangs have been imprisoned in Qatar for over six months as they await their trail. The penalty if found guilty? Death.

Many U.S. supporters are fighting back against what is described as an unfair cultural misunderstanding. Let us know what you think.

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Asiana Flight 214: Mystery of Ye Meng Yuan’s Death Confirmed

The Plane Crash of Asiana Flight 214 is certainly not behind us yet. In fact, more and more tragic news seems to head our way. For instance, although two victims were found dead on the scene, that was not the end of mortalities. A third victim, Liu Yipeng, died last week on July 12th from injuries.

Now, we are faced with more tragic news. When the body of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan was found under flame-retardant foam and in line of tracks from a rescue vehicle, everyone was horrified with the possibility that she survived the plane crash only to be struck down by a rescue vehicle racing to the plane.

Now, it is confirmed that the cause of Ye Meng Yuan’s death was in fact the vehicle. Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed that her death was due to “multiple blunt injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. Those injuries indicate she was alive at the time. Internal bleeding ruled out any chance she was already dead when she was struck.” Tragically, he admits, “She was alive when she received the injuries.”