Why domestic violence calls are surging for Asian American women amid the pandemic

When the pandemic-related lockdowns started in March, staff at several Asian American domestic violence organizations watched with concern as a hush fell over their work.

Clients who had previously told them of abusive partners who choked them, struck them in the face or threw them down stairs were now saying: “Don’t call me. It’s not safe.” Not only were their partners watching them around the clock, but many took away their phones, cars and credit cards, making it harder for women to seek help or leave.

But after lockdowns eased in May and June, calls for help surged as Asian American women reported increased abuse during the pandemic. Now, some experts say they’re seeing another spike as fears of another lockdown in the fall or winter are prompting women to flee abusive situations when they have the chance.

“We don’t know if there’s going to be a second wave,” said

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Surging Prices Turn Pork Into Luxury Holiday Gift in China

(Bloomberg) — A video showing scores of furniture store employees lining up to receive a bag of fatty pork has gone viral in China, a show of how surging prices have turned swine meat into a luxury holiday gift.

The company’s 500 workers requested a kilo of meat each over the traditional red bean-filled mooncakes that are usually doled out ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival that falls on Thursday this year. Comments on social-media site Weibo showed viewers appreciated the move as pork has now become an extravagance.

a person standing in front of a store: Pork Market in Shanghai as China's Pork Hunger Stays Strong With More Dining at Home

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Pork Market in Shanghai as China’s Pork Hunger Stays Strong With More Dining at Home

A customer buys pork at a market in Shanghai, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Pork had become a prized product in recent years after the spread of African swine fever across China slashed the top consumer’s local supplies in half and pushed prices to a record

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