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What would you do if you could talk with the gods, and your influence on them could change the cosmos? Mythic Ocean is an atmospheric adventure where players befriend a pantheon of gods under the sea, help solve their problems, and make choices that shape the birth of a new world.
This title combines free open-world exploration with the dialog-focused gameplay of a visual novel. As you discover new areas and meet new creatures, you will also encounter different gods with their own unique personalities and situations. They will share their motivations and problems and ask for your opinion. The advice you lend constantly alters the tale being told, and most importantly, determines which of these gods will rise above to create a new word, and what kind of world they will create.
Mythic Ocean takes place in an ocean world in-between time. There’s a mystery to what came before and what will come after, with thousands of unique possible endings. Mythic Ocean is meant to be a cycle. Any particular ending is not really the end. Not happy with the world your choices created? Try approaching the various gods in the game differently. We’re excited about the replay value offered to the players.
In this game, there is no death, no combat, no failure. Here, it’s all about dialogue and influence. What do you think others should do and how do you present it to them? Who do you want them to become (keeping in mind that you can’t force them)? Mythic Ocean encourages empathy and players will likely have to answer questions about themselves while they decide upon their replies to various characters. Conversations can be amusing and relaxing but also dive deeper into meaningful and philosophical themes. We believe that gamers of all ages can find their own food for thought.
Our players are storytellers too – we made a narrative they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how any individual has more influence than they realize. We invite you to come as you are and play a big role in the creation of a new universe.
A free Demo called Mythic Ocean: Prologue is also available if you want to try it first.
Freely explore a vibrant ocean. Have relaxing, deep, and amusing conversations with six different gods and a cast of sea creatures.
The advice you give continuously alters your story and leads to thousands of possible endings, ranging between harmony and pandemonium.
Which god will rise above? What kind of universe will they create? Discover the outcomes of your choices.
“…a world full of life, color, music, and meaning that is sure to stay with you for years to come.” – 10/10 GameSpace
“…a lovely, daft, interesting, deep and complex game, with no combat, no death, just choices and consequences.” – 8/10 Buried Treasure
“…traversing the ocean depths is serene and relaxing, and encountering the game’s myriad of weird and wonderful creatures is continually delightful.” – 8/10 GameSpew
DEVELOPED BY Paralune
“Our players are storytellers too – we make narratives they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how you, as a person, have more influence than you realize.” – Robyn Haley, Darren Malley and Matt Smudz
PUBLISHED BY Nakana.io
“We publish games that aim to offer a new experience. Diving into Mythic Ocean almost feels like entering a state of meditation where deep thoughts and bonds can be forged.” – Mikaël Bourget, founder of the publishing label
The U.S. has dominated the world in women’s basketball at the Olympics over the last quarter-century, winning every game by double digits since 2004.
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will try to become the first players ever to win five Olympic gold medals in basketball when the United States women’s team begins play at the Tokyo Games.
The pair has been an integral part of the U.S. run of six consecutive golds at the Olympics.
“As far as being named to a fifth Olympics, especially with Sue, you know, it’s just a great honor. It just makes you really appreciate all the people that have helped you,” Taurasi said. “You know, everyone, USA Basketball, that, you know, after being around for 20 years now, you know, it’s like a big family.”
Taurasi and Bird both played with Dawn Staley on the 2004 Olympic team. Staley helped start this unprecedented run with the 1996 squad and now is the first Black head coach of the women’s national team after being an assistant for the last two Olympics.
“Any time that you represent USA Basketball, you’ve got the biggest target on your on your back, on your chest,” Staley said. “And everybody seems to play their best basketball.”
It’s been 25 years of dominance for the Americans in the Olympics. They’ve won 49 consecutive games on the biggest international stage. No team has come within single digits of the U.S. since Russia lost in the semifinals of the 2004 Athens Games — the first Olympics that Taurasi and Bird played in — 66-62.
The Americans haven’t dropped an Olympic contest since 1992 when they were beaten in the semis by the Unified Team. Only host Japan has beaten the U.S. in an Olympics, topping the Americans in 1976, the inaugural appearance of women’s basketball.
If the women can capture another gold medal in Tokyo, they would match the U.S. men’s team that won seven consecutive golds from 1936-68.
While there are no guarantees, it would take a monumental upset for the team not to come home with gold.
The competition for the other two medals is wide open with Australia, Belgium, France, Canada, Serbia and Spain all having a shot at reaching the podium. Serbia just beat France to win the Eurobasket championship.
The Olympics switched to three pools of four teams for the Tokyo Games. South Korea, Serbia, Canada and Spain are in Group A. Joining the U.S. in Group B are France, Nigeria and Japan. Australia, Puerto Rico, China and Belgium are in Group C.
Games begin on July 26 with the bronze medal game on Aug. 7 and the gold medal contest the next day to close out the Olympics.
Some other things to watch for at the Olympics in women’s basketball:
Besides the U.S. team, many of the other countries are led by WNBA stars. Half of the Australian roster, led by Liz Cambage, is currently in the WNBA. The Opals are led by Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello. Some of the other WNBA players in the Olympics include Emma Meesseman (Belgium), Kia Nurse (Canada), Marine Johannès (France), Astou Ndour (Spain), The WNBA will be on an Olympic break from July 15-Aug. 11.
Nigeria will try and end a winless drought for African teams at the Olympics since the 2004 Athens Games. The African nation went 1-5 that year and no team from that continent has won a game since. There are hopes for that to potentially change: Nigeria went 3-4 at the World Champions in 2018, falling to the U.S. in the quarterfinals.
With the addition of 3×3 as a basketball discipline, teams are now only playing potentially six games at most in the tournament instead of eight. The last time the medalists played fewer than eight games was 1992. The 12 teams were put into three pools instead of two. The quarterfinalists will be the top two teams in each pool and two others based on a FIBA ranking system.
Author: DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer
This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports
Major protocol upgrades are one of the most potent sources of price movement for cryptocurrency projects as community members and investors get excited about new features and traders rush in to “buy the rumor and sell the news”.
One protocol that has seen its price rise to new rights this week despite the overall bearish conditions affecting the market is Kusama (KSM), an experimental blockchain platform and a sister chain to the Polkadot’s platform. Kusama is designed to provide an interoperable and scalable framework for developers.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after dropping to a low of $ 378 on May 10, the price of Kusama rallied 55% to a new all-time high at $ 591.55 today thanks to a record $ 1.568 billion in 24-hour trading volume.
Three reasons for the recent price appreciation for KSM include the upcoming launch of parachain auctions, recent integrations that helped enhance the interoperability of Kusama with other networks and increased opportunities to stake or lock up KSM to earn a yield.
Parachains are on the verge of launching
The most significant development for Kusama of late came on May 12 when the project announced that the most recent upgrade proposal was approved by the council and is now a public referendum.
BEAKING: Upgrade v0.9.1 passed council and is now a public referendum, fast-tracked to end Friday ~12pm CEST. This upgrade includes the code for parachains, auctions and crowdloans, reduces the min. vested transfer by 100x and reduces fees/deposits by 50x. ₑₓₚₑcₜ cₕₐₒₛ.
This development provided token holders a three-day window between May 12 and May 14 to vote for the different parachains, crowd loans and auctions that they want to see on the Kusama network.
Since KSM tokens are required to be able to participate in voting, demand for the token immediately increased following the announcement and it continues to rise on May 14 despite an overall downturn in the cryptocurrency market.
VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for KSM on May 11, prior to the recent price rise and before the announced passing of upgrade v0.9.1.
The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.
As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score fluctuated in and out of the green zone over the previous week before climbing to a high of 70 on May 11 at roughly the same time that the price of KSM began to break out to a new all-time high over the next 32 hours.
Interoperability integration provides a spark
A second source for KSM’s price growth over the past month was the April 23 announcement that Chainlink awarded a grant to ChainSafe Systems to help expand support for Kusama on the Chainlink Oracle Pallet.
As seen in the tweet, the expanded support enables developers to build hybrid smart contracts on DOT and KSM parachains along with other substrate chains, significantly enhancing their interoperability capability.
With one of the originally stated goals of the Polkadot network being increased interoperability across all blockchain networks, this development helped reassure community members that meaningful steps were being taken in regards to this goal by enlisting the most trusted and widespread oracle platform in the crypto ecosystem.
New staking and yield opportunities
A third motivating force behind demand for KSM is the attractive yield opportunities offered to token holders willing to stake their KSM tokens on the network or with new parachains.
Data from staking rewards shows that the average rate of return for staking and delegating KSM on the network is 13.72% while running a validator node earns 14.72%.
As part of the parachain auction process, projects like Karura have elected to conduct a crowd loan which involves community supporters bonding their KSM with that protocol for the duration of the parachain lease in return for the native token of the parachain.
Crowdloans and parachain auctions on @KusamaNetwork will start any day now!
We put together an overview of @KaruraNetwork, the DeFi Hub of Kusama, and the approach we’re taking with the community to win the first parachain slot on Kusama https://t.co/r1zrW5KOK9
— Acala – DeFi Hub of Polkadot (@AcalaNetwork) May 13, 2021
The crowd loan allows the project to meet the requirements to obtain a parachain lease for a specified period of time and all KSM tokens are returned to the contributors after the lease is up.
In return for locking their tokens for an extended period of time, community members are rewarded with the native token of the parachain in question but lose the ability to earn KSM staking rewards.
The crowd loan model is an innovative new fundraising design for crypto projects that has excited community members who are eager to obtain their favorite KSM-based tokens while also being able to retain ownership of their KSM.
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.
The spleen is a fist-shaped organ in the upper left side of the abdomen, next to the stomach and behind the left ribs; it plays an important role in the number of blood cells in the body. Fatty liver disease can cause the spleen to enlarge. When the spleen isn’t working properly, it may start to remove healthy blood cells from the body. The NHS confirmed that this can lead to anaemia, where there is a reduced level of functioning red blood cells.
If you’re concerned you may have fatty liver disease, do book an appointment with your GP.
In the meantime, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of fatty liver disease turning into extensive scarring.
For instance, eating a “healthy plant-based diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats” is recommended.
The Mayo Clinic also advises people to “reduce the number of calories you eat each day and get more exercise” if you’re currently overweight.
The NHS Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator can provide a general idea as to whether or not you need to lose weight.
A more effective measurement is measuring the waist circumference, which requires a flexible clothing tape measure.
Positioned midway at the bottom of the ribs and above the hips, the tape measure should wrap around the body.
Men measuring more than 94cm (37in) are recommended by the NHS to lose weight – if it’s over 102cm (40in) you’re advised to see your GP.
Women who measure up as 80cm (31.5in) are also recommended by the NHS to lose weight – again, if it’s over 88cm (34.5in) you’re advised to see your GP.
Being very overweight not only puts you at risk of fatty liver disease, it can also increase the likelihood of developing numerous health conditions.
Carrying too much fat around the waist can lead to:
“If you have a healthy weight, work to maintain it by choosing a healthy diet and exercising,” added the Mayo Clinic.
Altcoins like Ether (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) are spearheading a new alt season that seems to have taken off with a bang. Since a rising tide usually lifts all boats, there are several other cryptocurrencies that are benefiting from this growing interest in altcoins. Ether, however, may be the one generating the waves.
The price of ETH, the flagship altcoin, increased more than 65% over 30 days to finally break through the $ 3,500 barrier on May 6. This takes the yearly gains for the token to over 1,500%, as it was trading in the $ 215 range this time last year. The price surge led its market capitalization to go beyond $ 400 billion for the first time.
Cointelegraph asked Joshua Frank, CEO of The TIE, about the social media trends around Ether and what the cryptocurrency’s gains mean for altcoins. He answered: “Many investors consider Ethereum a proxy for the alt-coin market, and tweet volume continues to increase exponentially since July 2020. […] Tweet volume over 24 hours recorded an incredible 59,000 as Eth continues to push all-time highs.”
In percentage terms, Ethereum Classic — a continuation of the original Ethereum blockchain — has seen its value increase even more than the more popular coin of its sister blockchain. According to CoinGecko, ETC’s price gained nearly 400% in seven days to hit an all-time high of $ 167 on May 6. The Ethereum Classic blockchain sprang into existence after most developers migrated to the now more popular Ethereum blockchain following a hack on The DAO’s smart contracts in 2016, which cost the protocol $ 50 million in ETH.
The dominance of Bitcoin (BTC) has also dropped when compared with the 70% range it was resting in at the start of the year. It has been declining since, reaching a year-to-date low of 45.70% on May 6. The dominance metric essentially compares the market cap of BTC with that of all other cryptocurrencies combined.
BTC dominance usually decreases when altcoins instead dominate the interest of crypto investors. The only time the metric has ever been lower than its current level was just before the cryptocurrency market crash in 2018 when investors were desperately looking for alternatives to Bitcoin, as the flagship cryptocurrency had dropped by over 60% at the time.
Eric Anziani, chief operating officer of cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com, explained to Cointelegraph why he believes Bitcoin’s dominance is decreasing this time: “The price action acts in tandem with investors’ psychology, dominant narratives in the space, and therefore moves in cyclical patterns.” He added further:
“As the narrative around institutional adoption of Bitcoin has tapered off somewhat, investors have begun to turn to blockchains and protocols other than Bitcoin. […] Although Bitcoin is a very sound store-of-value, the market as a whole is realizing how pivotal altcoins and their respective projects are to the future of crypto.”
This indicates that optimism is not nearly close to its peak despite ETH pushing to new highs on a daily basis, thus signaling that there is still room for growth when prices are compared with market sentiment.
London hard fork will lead to faster DeFi growth
Ether’s price surge essentially happened after the Ethereum blockchain underwent its Berlin upgrade on April 15. The hard fork incorporated four Ethereum Improvement Proposals that were voted on by the developer community. Two of these addressed gas costs for specific transaction types, and while they reduced the costs for some types of transactions, they increased them for “op-code transactions,” which could be used for denial-of-service attacks. The other two proposals expanded the categories of transaction logic.
James Beck, director of communications and content at ConsenSys — a blockchain technology company backing Ethereum’s infrastructure — told Cointelegraph: “One of the nice effects of the Berlin hard fork was that gas prices for DEX aggregators became much cheaper. For example, using MetaMask’s swap feature is now resulting in 40,000 GWEI decrease to trade tokens.”
Ethereum is the most prominent blockchain used in the decentralized finance markets, and its price often goes hand in hand with DeFi’s growth. At the time of writing, the total value locked in DeFi is at a new high of just over $ 82 billion. The TVL in DeFi has been rapidly growing since the beginning of the year and has nearly doubled since the start of February. Flora Sun, managing director of Binance X — crypto exchange Binance’s developer initiative — opined on the reason for this growth:
“There’s a lot of innovation in DeFi protocols these days. In the past, lending and DEX were the main DeFi protocols, but now starting with AMM, there are various types of DeFi that meet various needs, like vaults and insurances. DeFi still offers a much higher yield than traditional finance, so naturally, it is attracting a lot of crypto liquidity.”
Automated market makers, or AMMs, are now integral to the DeFi ecosystem. As the name suggests, an AMM is an automated trading model that decentralized exchanges use instead of the order books used by traditional, centralized exchanges. When protocols use AMMs to supply liquidity pools, it means that the price of the assets is calculated by a fixed, predetermined mathematical formula based on the supply of the two tokens involved in the trade/swap.
According to ConsenSys’ quarter-one DeFi report, only 1% of all Ethereum addresses are currently using DeFi platforms. Thus, the room for adoption seems to be immense as more investors look to prioritize decentralization in their portfolios. The report also reveals that in the first quarter of 2021, nearly 51% of the total fees paid were on the Ethereum blockchain — more than double those of the Bitcoin blockchain. The decentralized exchange Uniswap by itself took nearly half the amount in fees taken by Bitcoin.
Additionally, another improvement proposal for Ethereum, EIP-1559, has been greenlit by the developer community as a part of the London hard fork that’s scheduled to happen in July. Anziani further spoke on the hard fork:
“This upgrade will begin burning transaction fees, naturally reducing Ethereum’s rate of inflation. If network usage is high enough, Ethereum may even become deflationary. This is a highly bullish development that the market has just begun to price in.”
Additionally, Ether has shown a low level of global leverage across exchanges, which means that ETH holders are dealing more in spot holdings than indulging in the use of leverage to long Ether. Frank opined on what this might mean: “This indicates that holders intend to either hold Eth in their wallets and/or use Eth to interact in the eco-system with DeFi or other protocols rather than use leverage as a purely speculative play to profit.”
Other alts grow as well
Due to the growth of DeFi, alternative platforms to Ethereum, like Binance Smart Chain and Cardano, have been seeing increased adoption by DeFi protocols and decentralized applications as people seek to avoid Ethereum’s high gas fees, which have become an issue for users all around. Since the gas-fee issue has persisted for a while, BSC and Cardano have accommodated some of 2021’s DeFi growth. On the subject, Sun pointed out:
“Since BSC launched in September 2020, in 8 months, there are 500+ projects building on BSC and its ATH daily transaction volume has exceeded Ethereum’s by 450% and currently boasts of $ 56 billion in its DeFi ecosystem. All the projects building on top of BSC contribute to this growth.”
Binance Coin (BNB), the native cryptocurrency of both Binance Smart Chain and Binance Chain, has also quickly risen from trading in the $ 50 range on Feb. 1 to reaching an all-time high of $ 679.82 on May 3. That is a growth of over 1,200% in less than 100 days, leading BNB to rise to become the third-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. According to CoinMarketCap, the token has a market cap of nearly $ 100 billion as of the time of writing.
Cardano’s native ADA coin also leaped to a new all-time high of $ 1.70 on May 7. The cryptocurrency has grown more than 3,200% over the past year. Cardano has also announced various partnerships and launches over the past month. Despite this, Beck backs layer-two solutions over Cardano, saying: “More DeFi users will flock to Layer 2 networks that are Ethereum compatible. DeFi developers are looking to move their applications and users on to layer 2 in order to take advantage of lower gas fees.”
According to L2 Beat, the TVL in layer-two solutions has increased nearly twentyfold, from $ 38.4 million on Jan. 1 to around $ 718 million at the time of writing. It briefly even surpassed $ 1 billion in both March and April. Beck further stated:
“Synthetix and dYdX have announced they have been ardently working on integrating with Layer 2 solutions. Synthetix has been working with Optimism for months now, while dYdX recently announced that their new cross-margined perpetuals are live on Starkware’s STARK based roll-up solution. We expect this trend to accentuate for the rest of the year.”
Among the several coins seeing unprecedented gains — in addition to Ether and the native cryptocurrencies of Ethereum alternatives — the Shiba Inu-themed meme coin Dogecoin (DOGE) is the one catching the most mainstream media attention. It’s getting so much attention that it could be the leading indicator for alt season.
The coin broke out from the $ 0.06–$ 0.07 range on April 12 to reach its all-time high of $ 0.69 on May 5. DOGE is currently trading at around $ 0.71 and has posted year-on-year gains of over 35,000%. However, May 8 will be a critical day for DOGE, as Elon Musk’s appearance on Saturday Night Live may dictate what lies ahead for the coin and, quite possibly, impact this alleged alt season as well.
Britney Spears is working on her fitness — and she has her super hot boyfriend Sam Asghari to thank for keeping her motivated.
Britney Spears, 39, looks totally incredible! The pop princess took to Instagram on April 27 to share a fun Reel of her looking super svelte in two different bikinis and revealed that she recently decided she had to “get in shape.”
Britney explained in her caption that she has spent the past two weeks eating (mostly) clean and working out a ton, in order to keep up with her fitness model boyfriend Sam Asghari, 27.
“In the past two weeks I’ve said that’s it,” Britney wrote on the social media app. “I have got to get in shape considering my boyfriend’s body is hotter than hot !!!! I was like SHIT where the hell am I supposed to start.. so I run a lot and try to eat clean and be mindful with my food unless I cheat, like last night when I ate a container of peanuts!!!!”
“And then it hit me … I might look better but I felt too vulnerable in my skin being this small,” Britney continued. “I didn’t like it so I started boxing so now I feel stronger too!!!! We all have our own ways to work on our bodies and I respect that cause we all should … I just hope I don’t see an @innout burger any time soon!!!!
In the video Britney shows off the results of her hard work by modeling a hot pink bikini that perfectly showcases her signature abs and belly button piercing. She also rocks a rust colored bikini and both suits look so good it’s hard to choose a favorite.
Britney’s fit physique was on full display over the weekend when she wore a figure-flattering dark blue mini dress to a special night out. She wore matching heels, a necklace, and sunglasses but her best accessory was her hunky boyfriend Sam! Her boyfriend of 3 years was by her side for the event and later shared a photo of their coordinated look to his Instagram page.
“About last night #vaccinated #thankyouscience,” Sam captioned the post. Britney and Sam’s many fans flooded the comments section with compliments. “Y’all look AMAZING 😍 so glad to see britney have fun, thank you for sharing with us ❤️,” one follower wrote while another called them a “beautiful couple.”
When Mike Park first heard about the recent shootings in Atlanta, he felt angry and afraid. But almost immediately, he had another thought.
“We can’t just sit back,” he said. “We can’t sit in our little enclave anymore.”
Born in South Carolina to Korean immigrants, Mr. Park grew up wanting to escape his Asian identity. He resented having to be the one student to speak at Asian-Pacific day and felt embarrassed when his friends did not want to eat dinner at his house because of the unfamiliar pickled radishes and cabbage in his refrigerator.
Now 42, Mr. Park embraces both his Korean heritage and an Asian-American identity he shares with others of his generation. The Atlanta shootings that left eight dead, six of them women of Asian descent, made him feel an even stronger sense of solidarity, especially after a surge in bias incidents against Asians nationwide.
“I do think this horrible crime has brought people together,” said Mr. Park, who works as an insurance agent in Duluth, Ga., an Atlanta suburb that is a quarter Asian. “It really is an awakening.”
For years, Asian-Americans were among the least likely of any racial or ethnic group to vote or to join community or advocacy groups. Today they are surging into public life, running for office in record numbers, and turning out to vote unlike ever before. They are now the fastest-growing group in the American electorate.
But as a political force, Asian-Americans are still taking shape. With a relatively short history of voting, they differ from demographic groups whose families have built party loyalties and voting tendencies over generations. Most of their families arrived after 1965, when the United States opened its doors more widely to people in Asia. There are vast class divisions, too; the income gap between the rich and the poor is greatest among Asian-Americans.
“These are your classic swing voters,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, president of AAPI Data. “These immigrants did not grow up in a Democratic household or Republican household. You have a lot more persuadability.”
Historical data on Asian-American voting patterns is spotty. Analyses of exit polls show that a majority voted for George Bush in 1992, Mr. Ramakrishnan said. Today, a majority of Asians vote for Democrats, but that masks deep differences by subgroup. Vietnamese-Americans, for example, lean more toward Republicans, and Indian-Americans lean strongly toward Democrats.
It is too early for final breakdowns of the Asian-American vote in 2020, along either party or ethnic lines. But one thing seems clear — turnout for Asian-Americans appears to have been higher than it has ever been. Mr. Ramakrishnan analyzed preliminary estimates from the voter data firm Catalist that were based on available returns from 33 states representing two-third of eligible Asian-American voters. The estimates found that adult Asian-American citizens had the highest recorded increase in voter turnout among any racial or ethnic group.
As relatively new voters, many Asian-Americans find themselves uniquely interested in both major parties, drawn to Democrats for their stances on guns and health care, and to Republicans for their support for small business and emphasis on self-reliance. But they do not fit into neat categories. The Democratic position on immigration attracts some and repels others. The Republican anti-Communist language is compelling to some. Others are indifferent.
Former President Donald J. Trump’s repeated reference to the “China virus” repelled many Chinese-American voters, and the Democrats’ support for affirmative action policies in schools has drawn strong opposition from some Asian groups. Even the violence and slurs against Asians, which began spiking after the coronavirus began to spread last spring, have pushed people in different directions politically. Some blame Mr. Trump and his followers. Others see Republicans as supporters of the police and law and order.
Yeun Jae Kim, 32, voted for the first time last year. His parents had moved from Seoul to a Florida suburb when he was a child and started a truck parts salvage business. Mr. Kim went on to graduate from Georgia Tech and then to a job at Coca-Cola in Atlanta, but, like his parents, he was so focused on making it that he did not vote, or think about politics much at all.
Last year changed his mind. But how to vote and whom to choose? He and his wife spent hours watching videos on YouTube and talking at church to a politically experienced friend, also a Korean-American.
“For me it was pretty hard,” said Mr. Kim, who described himself as “in the middle” politically. “There are certain things I really like about what the Democratic Party is doing. And there are certain things I really like about what the Republicans are doing.”
He wanted to keep his vote private. But he said that casting a ballot made him feel good.
“It made me feel really proud of the country,” he said. “Like everybody is in this together. It helped me feel connected with other people who were voting too.”
Part of the new energy in Asian-American politics comes from second-generation immigrants, who are now in their 30s and 40s and are forming families that are far more racially mixed and civically engaged than those of their parents. A new Asian-American identity is being forged from dozens of languages, cultures and histories.
“Right now, it is this coming of age,” said Marc Ang, 39, a conservative political activist and business owner in Orange County, Calif. His father, an immigrant from the Philippines of Chinese descent, came to California in the 1980s as a white-collar worker in the steel industry. The state is now home to about a third of the country’s Asian-American population.
“Suddenly we are top doctors, top lawyers, top business people,” said Mr. Ang, who pointed out that the approximately 6 million Asians in California are equivalent to the size of Singapore. “It is just inevitable that we become a voting bloc.”
Mr. Ang, a Republican, worked to defeat an affirmative action proposition in California last year. But he praised Democrats and their efforts to draw attention to the storm of slurs and physical attacks over the past year, which he said have been a galvanizing force, unifying even the least politically involved people from countries as different as China, Vietnam, the Philippines and South Korea.
More Asian-Americans are running for office than ever before. They include Andrew Yang, among the early leaders in the race for New York mayor, and Michelle Wu, the city councilor who is running for mayor of Boston. A Filipino-American, Robert Bonta, just became attorney general of California.
At least 158 Asian-Americans ran for state legislatures in 2020, according to AAPI Data, up by 15 percent from 2018.
Marvin Lim, a Georgia state representative, calls himself a 1.5-generation immigrant: He came to the United States from the Philippines when he was 7.
Mr. Lim spent a number of years on public assistance, and said his family “did not see the bootstraps working for us.” He became a civil rights lawyer and began to vote for Democrats because their values, he said, aligned more with his. Now 36, he won a House seat in Georgia in November, and last month met with President Biden during his visit to Atlanta after the shootings.
“I have never felt more like I mattered,” he said.
Anthony Lam, a Vietnamese immigrant who fled as a refugee in the 1970s and grew up working class in Los Angeles, had usually voted for Democrats. But as the owner of a hair salon in San Diego, he became increasingly frustrated with directives for coronavirus lockdowns and turned off by the unrest during Black Lives Matter protests. When he criticized the looting, he said some white Democrats chastised him.
“They said, ‘You don’t understand racism,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. You get racism just now? I’ve been living with this for 40 years.’”
Mr. Lam voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. He supported Mr. Yang in the Democratic primary last year. But he said he eventually voted for Mr. Trump, mostly out of frustration with Democrats.
Despite recent increases in political representation, some Asian-American communities still feel invisible, and some members argue that could lead to a rightward turn.
Rob Yang, a Hmong-American who owns shoe and apparel stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul, grew up poor as a refugee. He has watched the turmoil in the wake of the George Floyd killing in his traditional, largely working-class Hmong community. His own stores were stripped of their merchandise during the Black Lives Matter protests.
Mr. Yang voted for Mr. Biden. He said that he supported the Black Lives Matter movement but that some in his community did not. Years of feeling invisible had frustrated and demoralized them.
The way he sees it, Asians still do not have enough of a voice, and he worries that the pressure of holding everything in for years is reaching dangerous levels. He said he worried that a populist Asian leader, “an Asian Trump,” could have a huge following by tapping into this frustration. “We’ve been holding it all in for so long, it will just take the right circumstances for us to blow,” he said.
For Mr. Park, the insurance agent in suburban Atlanta, the attacks in his city and others across America were a searing reminder that economic success does not ensure protection from the racial animus that is part of American life. It is now up to Asian-Americans, he said, to stand up and claim their space in American politics.
“It’s moving away from the idea that ‘the nail that sticks out gets hammered in,’” he said. “We are realizing it’s OK to stick out.”
England boss Gareth Southgate has already begun the “horrible conversations” with players, telling them their Euro 2020 journey is potentially over.
Southgate must submit his official squad with the rest of the nations in the finals on June 1 – 10 days before the tournament starts.
The final two friendlies, against Austria the following day and Romania four days later, will be a honing session for the selected 23.
In the past, Southgate has always preferred to select his squad as early as possible, and to that end he has already spoken to some of the players who he is already confident will not be part of his plans.
“That of course is a difficult message, very difficult and nobody looks forward to that,” Southgate said.
“Whether it’s for one squad or for a big tournament, of course it will feel worse for the players because it’s a big tournament.
“But the reality is whenever you’re delivering that difficult news, it’s a horrible conversation to be having.
“I’ve always got to remember that it’s worse for those receiving it than it is for those giving it, so you’ve got to have that empathy with how the players are feeling.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few already this week and I will do over the next couple of weeks, so that they know exactly where they sit because I think that’s helpful.
“You’ve got to manage expectations and have some reality about what they might need to do between now and the end of the season.”
Injuries to key personnel such as Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish remain a factor so Southgate will not be able to iron out every wrinkle just yet.
But with England’s young internationals that have been called up for recent games all exceeding expectations, Southgate faces some agonising choices.
To that end, he has vowed to continue to monitor form right up until the end of the season.
“We have got to be fully up to speed with where they are physically and what their form is,” he said.
Fans at test events at Wembley will meanwhile be forced to agree to two Covid tests in the hope it could lead to the biggest possible crowds at Euro 2020.
That could even involved a minor invasion of the Tartan Army for the group game between England and Scotland on June 18 even though UEFA have technically banned away fans.
In January UEFA announced that fans would only be able to travel to knockout matches in limited numbers. But because both England and Scotland are part of the UK, the restriction is unlikely to be applied.
In general, culture secretary Oliver Dowden spoke about 10,000 supporters being allowed into group games at Wembley, but that will only be possible if stringent tests are successful.
To that end, fans coming into test events at the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton and the Carabao Cup final a week later between Manchester City and Tottenham will be forced to undergo tests both before and after the event.
Authorities want to check that the event itself has not caused a spike in infection rate and will expect those wanting to come into the stadium to make their own arrangements with regard to getting a properly-registered test.
Brent Council have asked the local residents who will be invited to those first two games to register their interest in a scheme.
The area lies just seven miles across north London from White Hart Lane, however, and there is likely to be a strong bias towards Jose Mourinho’s side from the neutral contingent.
It could see Spurs fans outnumber their City counterparts significantly when he first silverware of the season is up for grabs.
For both the Carabao Cup final and the second FA Cup final, 4,000 local health service workers, council staff and teachers, as well as residents, will be chosen to attend the events.
In addition, it is hoped that 2,000 fans for each of the clubs will be able to boost the Carabao Cup attendance to 8,000 – although it is not clear whether it will still be restricted to supporters living in London.