12.28.2014

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It's OK if you don't watch The Interview on Christmas, or ever: "Having now finally watched Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and screenwriter Dan Sterling's film, I can confirm with confidence that the least important element of the story of The Interview is The Interview itself."

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The Real Problem With "The Interview" Is Its Racism, Not Its Satire: "Many of the jokes in The Interview are at the expense of well-worn Asian stereotypes, and the movie's humor relies heavily on one-dimensional depictions of Asians that abound in American media that add little to the satire itself."

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Welcome to the troll age: The bizarre international saga of The Interview reveals the new era in which we live, "where the ability to manipulate media and technology has increasingly become a critical strategic resource, where combat is conducted not just on battlefields but on servers and screens and social networks, and where it's increasingly impossible to tell the difference between pranks, crimes and acts of war."

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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege: "What these emails really reveal is how little Hollywood is willing to challenge the basic structures, practices and thinking that make it such a white-dominated industry. This seems to happen even when there's evidence that breaking down those walls will actually make better films and more money."

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Our Name is Rebel: #Asians4BlackLives Protest Police Violence: "As Asian allies we believed it was critically important to put our physical bodies on the line so that Black organizers could bring their message directly to the source, that Black Lives Matter."

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Asian Americans, a Popular Tool in Anti-Black Propaganda: "Peter Liang's story supports a popular narrative that has historically positioned Asian Americans against other communities of color. Although the Asian American community is complex and nuanced due to its multi-generational and multi-ethnic nature, it is generally framed as the model minority, academically successful and compliant with authority."

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Being Thin Doesn't Spare Asian-Americans From Diabetes Risk: "We know that you can be fat while still fit, but how about skinny and unhealthy? This may be the case for many Asian-Americans who look slim, but actually face a higher risk of diabetes than people belonging to other ethnic groups."

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The truth about alcohol flushing, or "Asian Glow": Joyce Park goes over the science of alcohol-induced flushing -- or "Asian glow" -- whether Pepsid AC and other antihistamines are safe to take to combat the glow, and the association between flushing and esophageal cancer in Asians who drink.

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Diversity In Space: Tracking The First Asian Pilot In The Star Wars Movies: A nerdy tribute to Lieutenant Telsij of Return of Jedi, one of just a handful of Asian characters in the Star Wars film series.

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Why Justin Lin Is A Perfect Fit For 'Star Trek 3': What will the next Star Trek movie look like will Justin Lin at the helm? I have no idea. But here are a few reasons why he's a perfect fit for the final frontier's next movie.

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SANTA FOR A DAY -- ISIS FOR THE REST?: "Come Christmas time, every parent is ready to hand over their kids to a stranger dressed up as Santa -- overly sized costume complete with long beard, moustache and headgear." But isn't this what Sikh men look like year-round?

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The Year in Books: Asian America's Must-Reads of 2014: Need new book ideas now that your Asian-American Literature class is over? Check out some of the books published by Asian-American authors in 2014. From food to family, comedy to color, these books will be next on your must-read list.

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With Memories Of A Comic Comrade, Margaret Cho Helps The Homeless: Inspired by her late friend Robin Williams, comedian and San Francisco native Margaret Cho spent several days busking around her hometown in a highly-publicized effort to raise money, clothes and blankets for the homeless.

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Why 2014 Was LA Chef Roy Choi's Year: From opening new restaurants to consulting on the Jon Favreau film Chef to announcing an upcoming healthier fast food restaurant, here's a list of ten things Los Angeles chef Roy Choi did to dominate 2014.

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Shanghai gets a taste of American-style Chinese food: Two Americans, Dave Rossi and Fung Lam, are introducing Americanized Chinese food to Shanghai diners through their restaurant, Fortune Cookie.

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Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas: Jewish Christmas: the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25. This article delves into some of the historical, sociological and religious circumstances that birthed to this unique Jewish American ritual.