Asian eating challenges and contests category

AsiaOne has a profile of Sarah Ow, who quit her job as a flight attendant to become a professional eater for Food League Singapore.
The News Minute has an article about Indian food challenge youtube channels.
The Hindu reports that an eating contest held at the Government Law College, in Ernakulam, India resulted in a clash between members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Kerala Students Union (KSU) that left several students hospitalized. The campus will be closed until February 24. Tke KSU gave the following reason for holding the competition:
"We had organised the eating competition to remember the martyrs of Pulwama terrorist attack after the programme organised by the SFI. But then SFI created a ruckus stating that only one programme needed to be held. Five of our activists are in hospital”.
(Mathrubhumi News video)
Tim "Eater X" Janus announced that he moved to Korea yesterday. After this move, all of the protagonists in the book Horsemen of the Esophagus are now either living in Asia (Takeru Kobayashi, Tim Janus) or retired (Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, Sonya "The Black Widow Thomas", AICE co-founders).

“King of Gluttony” 2020 video

Youtube currently has the full program of TV Tokyo’s “King of Gluttony” program in which Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato, Hatsuyo Sugawara and others competed. (I will not post any spoilers until later today). Update Results of the final round are in the comments. Takeru Kobayashi and Nobuyuki Shirota appear as commentators, but do not compete.

update Jan 16 Miki Sudo has posted some Instagram galleries: Part 1 | Part 2

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ViralTab.com has an article about 18 year old competitive eater Wang Wenwen from Xianyang City, China, who fears she might be unable to find a boyfriend due to the cost of her meals. (video)

Raina Huang & Asian Hustle Network in LA Times

Raina Huang is featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about the Asian Hustle Network. Her father, Wil Huang, is also quoted:

Her new gig as a competitive eater and social media influencer — she’s the star of 600-plus videos — finally has won her father’s approval.

“I’m actually surprised with her character right now, once I got used to her choice,” Wil Huang, an IT engineer, said about his eldest daughter.

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Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Takeru Kobayashi appear in a promo video for "King of Gluttony" that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Kobayashi is not shown eating, so he may not be a competitor. Screen captures:
Miki Sudo appears in a picture promoting the "King of Gluttony" program that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Darron Breeden (in the back row) might be another competitor. Japanese entrants include Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Hatsuyo Sugawara. (link to picture) update Miki Sudo confirms she will appear.
Max Suzuki ate 451 bowls of noodles in 10 minutes to set a contest record at the all Japan wanko soba championship in Morioka, Japan. The typical contest duration is 15 minutes, but he was given a 5 minute handicap due to being a professional.
Sam Thurman reported that Takeru Kobayashi was on his flight to Japan, so he might have returned his home country for good. The six-time Nathan's champion announced earlier that he was moving to Kyoto due to high New York City rent.
Hentgee Lim has an article in medium.com about pretending to be a college friend of Keigo Kirino, who passed away due to choking in a rice ball eating contest, and interviewing his family.

Takeru Kobayashi apparently returning to Japan

It appears Takeru Kobayashi will be moving to Kyoto, Japan due to high New York City rent. He recently posted a picture of moving boxes on his twitter. Another tweet has the following automatic translation:

By the time you find a Kyoto townhouse you want to live in
And
For the time being, the room That Maggie decided to live in
In a room as small as New York,
Less than one-third of the rent
I feel like I’m being made a fool of by NY.

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Daily Mail reports that Subhash Yadav passed away after being challenged by his friend to eat 50 eggs in Uttar Pradesh, India. Doctors ruled that his death was due to complications from overeating.
Taiwan News reports (in English) that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appeared in the lastest video by food challenger Chien Tsu to discuss the new Southbound Policy and Vietnamese meals. "Chien Chien" became famous after competing for the Taiwanese team for the Japanese program "Battle of the Big Eaters" in 2016 and currently has 1.23 million subscribers to her youtube channel.
Guinness World Records has an article about Saudi food challenger Hussain Sallam creating a 600kg serving of Sayadieh, a traditional Middle Eastern dish. He has over three million subscribers to his youtube channel.
A movie about Indian competitive eater Theeta Rappai (not in English, no subtitles) can be viewed on youtube.
The Japan Times has a article about female ōgui eaters titled "Japan's insatiable appetite for watching strangers binge eat" mentioning Yuka Kinoshita, Angela Sato and Moeno Azuki.
Sarah Ow of Singapore has started a youtube channel. Her first video is a buffet destruction with Zermatt Neo.
MetropolisJapan has an interview with Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran about his fitness regimen.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).
Chien Shu of the Taiwanese "Battle of the Big Eaters" team has surpassed a million subscribers to her youtube channel.
The National Library of Israel has an post about an eating contest held in Tel Aviv in 1953 which took place during a time of austerity and food rationing.
CNN has an article and video about the wanko soba noodle eating challenge available at restaurants in Morioka, Japan. The record is 570 small bowls.
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