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1.18.2015

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ABC's 'Fresh off the Boat' panel gets rather awkward: Folks who attended the TCA's Fresh Off The Boat panel last week witnessed a couple of awkward and uncomfortable exchanges -- including one rather ignorant question about chopsticks. But perhaps these are the awkward and uncomfortable conversations that need to happen around this show.

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Network TV Ate My Life: Eddie Huang on Watching His Memoir Become a Sitcom: Eddie Huang speaks frankly about the production of Fresh Off the Boat, his discomfort in seeing the interpretation of his life for a sitcom, and what it ultimately meant for him to get an Asian American family on television.

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'Fresh Off the Boat' stars and producers on race, conflict and specific yet universal comedy: While Fresh Off the Boat may be a comedy, not everything was hunky-dory behind the scenes.

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'Fresh Off the Boat' Producers: "We Tackle the Word 'Chink' in the Pilot": The pilot episode of Fresh Off the Boat tackles that racist slur many Asian Americans have encountered at least once.

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'Fresh Off The Boat' Repackages The Asian-American Story For TV: "It takes a lot of chutzpah to launch a network comedy with a pilot addressing the word 'chink,' yet it works because it's the safest bet the studio could have made."

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Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea: Over the past six decades, at least 200,000 Korean children have been adopted into families in more than fifteen countries, with a vast majority living in the United States -- the largest adoption exodus from one country in history. The New York Times examines the impact of this exodus on a generation of Korean American adoptees.

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The Asian in 'Caucasian': Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut reflects on uncomfortable conversations about "white people" as a transnational adoptee at the Christmas table.

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Margaret Cho's Golden Globes Skit Was Minstrelsy, Not Comedy: Kai Ma writes about Margaret Cho's skit at the Golden Globes, in which she dressed up like North Korean official: "The joke didn't belong at a show where Asian Americans are virtually absent."

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Thoughts on #CharlieHebdo and the White Privilege of Free Speech: "All of us have the right to free speech. Not all of us enjoy the privilege of irresponsible speech."

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Asian Americans Struggle to 'See Themselves' in College Courses: Asian American college students at Wesleyan commit to building ethnic studies courses that reflect their experiences.

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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past: Ellen Wu argues that praising Hawaii as a "racial paradise" erases its complex history.

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Don't pardon Mark Wahlberg: Mark Wahlberg's attempt to erase an anti-Asian hate crime from his record has only brought more attention to the fact that he committed the crime in the first place.

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Mark Wahlberg, Penance and Pardons: "In his application he argued that getting a pardon could be an inspiration to people trying to turn their lives around and hoping for forgiveness. But to the less advantaged of them, it would be the opposite: a confirmation that being white, rich and famous earns you special treatment." Another take on Mark Wahlberg's bid for a pardon.

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What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad: Ryan Park, a former clerk for Ruth Bader Ginsburt, writes about putting his former boss's ideals into practice as a stay-at-home dad.

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The State of Ramen: Dave Chang: David Chang on the internet, the ubiquitousness of ramen, and the beginnings of one of Momofuku's most popular dishes.

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Let's Talk About When Mindy Met Neepa: Recently, The Mindy Project featured an encounter between Mindy and Neepa, an Indian immigrant. The Aerogram assembled a roundtable to explore this problematic episode.

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The Art of Monstress: Writer Marjorie Liu previews her upcoming comic book series with artist Sana Takeda, Monstress, a dark fantastic adventure set in an alternate 1900s Asia.

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Zen and the Art of Yumi Sakugawa: Interview with comic artist Yumi Sakugawa, author of "I Think I Am In Friend Love With You" and "Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe."

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Q & A: Adrian Tomine's Comics: Adrian Tomine, the artist behind several New Yorker covers and the long-running comic book series Optic Nerve, talks about how the series has evolved over the years, the new respectability of graphic novels, and the connection between making comics and drawing covers.

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Yuta Watanabe, Japan's 'Chosen One,' hopes his path to GW leads to NBA: Yuta Watanabe, a freshman basketball player at George Washington University, hopes to build his skills to make it to the NBA.

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First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth': One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. NPR's got a preview of Red Baraat's new album Gaadi of Truth.

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Get to Know Dis/orient/ed Comedy's Jenny Yang: An interview with our friend Jenny Yang, founder of Dis/oriented/ed comedy, a standup tour that features an all-Asian American, predominantly female cast.