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Thursday, October 21, 2021
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BTL Support's Asians and Pacific Islanders Against Discrimination
We have Experienced it

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BTS issued their statement after recent attacks against people with Asian heritage in the United States, which have risen during the coronavirus pandemic. A white gunman recently killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses.

“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence,” the band said in the statement, adding that their experiences made them feel powerless and chipped away at their self-esteem. In February, a German radio station drew ire when a host compared the band to the coronavirus.

The band said that although the discrimination they endured is “inconsequential” compared to “events that have occurred over the past few weeks," they felt the need to speak out. “What’s happening right now cannot be disassociated from our identity as Asians,” the band said.

Many Asian Americans believe the Atlanta shootings were racially motivated. Police say they are still trying to determine a motive.

High-profile stars of Asian descent like Steven Yeun, Simon Liu and Sandra Oh have been vocal about spreading awareness of anti-Asian violence. “I am proud to be Asian! We belong here,” Oh shouted into a megaphone at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Pittsburgh last week.

BTS is one of the first South Korean bands to openly condemn anti-Asian racism. K-pop bands are known to be careful about maintaining personas created by their labels, which often muzzle stars on touchy subjects like race and mental health.

Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours a Night
Increases Chance of Brain Function Loss

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The study followed nearly 8,000 people in Britain for more than two decades.

Researchers found that most rates of Brain function loss occurred in people who slept on average about seven hours a night, but that the rates of brain function loss increased by 30% for those who got six hours of sleep or less per night.

"Public health messages to encourage good sleep hygiene may be particularly important for people at a higher risk of dementia," the researchers concluded.

How much sleep people should get is not a "one-size-fits-all" answer, according to Ashton, who noted that Americans in particular have historically not put enough emphasis on sleep.

"We’ve said before that sleep has a [public relations] problem in this country," she said. "We think of it as a luxury but it’s really a medical necessity."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infants and toddlers should get between 11 and 16 hours of sleep per night, depending on age.

Elementary school children should get between nine and 12 hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC.

Teenagers should get eight to 10 hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC.

Adults ages 18 and over should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC.

"What’s really important is that you can’t make up for [sleep] on the weekend," said Ashton. "So it really has to be every single night."

Vacation Destinations Ranked
Affordability and Leisure

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Vacation Get Away Ranked by Cost and Leisure

Canggu, Bali - Indonesia - Ranked 1
Monthly cost of living: $500 to $900
Five hundred dollars a month seems downright unrealistic to live in one of the best surf towns in the South Pacific, especially one that's drawn flocks of expats and Americans looking to work remotely
The place feels a bit like those little surf towns you find on the less populated islands of Hawaii, but at a fraction of the cost. 

Roatán, Honduras - Ranked 2
Monthly cost of living: $900
This Caribbean island 40 miles off the coast of Honduras with silky-sand beaches is similar to a scruffy Floridian beach town: one where everyone talks and dresses like pirates. Although it doesn’t really qualify as a city, the isle sports an international airport with direct flights from the US, and people flock to the area for its world-class diving and snorkeling.

  Hoi An, Vietnam - Ranked 3 
Monthly cost of living: $550 to $1,100
Bigger Vietnamese cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh get most of the expat love, but neither boasts much of a beach. Hoi An, on the other hand, is not only bordered on one side by spectacular green mountains, it's also a skip and a jump from spectacular stretches of sand you'll have largely to yourself.

Algarve, Portugal - Ranked 4

Monthly cost of living: $1,000
It's hard to believe a region with a hundred miles of coastline, quaint cobblestone streets, and more sun than pretty much anywhere else in Europe has a cost of living this low.
Even better, most of the region is English-speaking, and home to 100,000 expats from all over the world. And the city is cheap. Dirt cheap. A three-bedroom apartment will run you about $600, but if you don't need much space, $325 gets you a one-bedroom right smack in the center of the city.

Taghazout, Morocco - Ranked 5
Monthly cost of living: $1,155
Tech startup whiz kid looking to get out of the country before anyone starts asking what your company actually does? Head to Morocco.
Your rent plus a chic co-working space will run about $400/month combined, meaning you won't be stuck looking for a buyout from your beachfront villa all the time.


Split, Croatia
Monthly cost of living: $1,400 - Ranked 6
Though the European coastlines can be comparatively expensive, there are still bargains to be had in Split.
This little town on the Adriatic Sea has beaches that people from all over the world travel days to lie on, yet beers are still under three bucks in most bars and rent in the city center can be had for less than $400.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain - Ranked 7
Monthly cost of living: $1,400
If you've ever visited Las Palmas, you might be surprised to see it on a list of affordable places to live. But like so many cities, visiting and living are two different animals.
Rent for a place off the ocean runs only about $500 for one bedroom, $700 for three. The weather is some of the best in the world, with pretty much perpetual sun soaking the beaches along the coast.


Cartagenia, Columbia - Ranked 8
Monthly cost of living: $1,800
Living in Cartagena is sort of like going on a tropical Caribbean vacation every single day of your life. And that goes for partiers, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The snorkeling and scuba diving here is some of the best in the Caribbean, and costs about $30 a trip. The city's historic center is a museum of Spanish Colonial architecture, and a roomy walking path takes you through it all and down to the main harbor.

Saint George's, Grenada - Ranked 9
Monthly cost of living: $2,000 
The antidote to the heartless cruise-ship ports and “all-exclusive” resorts that dominate the Caribbean, Grenada is where a bad attitude is considered an impairment. 

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