7.26.2015

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Facebook Apologizes For Not Taking Down Death Threat Against Comedian Hari Kondabolu: When a Facebook user left a threatening comment to Hari Kondabolu -- "Keep making comments like you do and the only thing going to be fed to you will be a bullet" -- the comedian reported the commenter. Facebook replied that the text did not violate the network's "Community Standards." Um, what?

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Jose Vargas: White People Is for White People: An interview with Jose Antonio Vargas, whose MTV documentary film White People engages with, well, white people, on how we talk (and do not talk) about race and issues of belonging in an increasingly multiethnic America.

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Reactions to Jose Antonio Vargas' #WhitePeople Doc: How did audiences react to White People, a documentary which follows five young white Americans faced with issues of race in cities across the country.

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When the absolute right to snark turns sour: A Gawker believer reconsiders the manifesto he once held dear: Snark can be a useful tool, but when it turns into an indiscriminate hammer, everyone starts to look like a nail. Arthur Chu on snark, smarm and the internet.

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Beyond the Model Minority Myth: Asian Americans' long history of challenging stereotypes has often overlooked the ways in which capitalism forges racial identity.

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Counter-protesters join kimono fray at MFA: In Boston, an ill-conceived promotion at the Museum of Fine Arts has triggered a controversy that is mushrooming beyond expectations, with protesters taking to the museum's "Kimono Wednesdays" event in increasing force each week, and a group of kimono-wearing counter-protesters joining the fray.

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When 'Nikhil' becomes 'Nik,' and 'Piyush' becomes 'Bobby Jindal': "Indian Americans aren't ashamed of our heritage. We just want to go easy on the barista." Noopur Bakshi on Indian American names and identity.

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Sizzler and the Search for the American Dream: In Eater's essay series exploring essential roles that chain restaurants play in our lives, writer and artist Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee writes about strangeness, familiarity, and all-you-can-eat salad bars.

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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food 'ethnic': "Immigrants' identities are deeply tied to the foods we bring with us. When we hear our cuisine described as exotic, hodgepodge, greasy or cheap, you might as well be remarking disdainfully about our clothes or skin color." Lavanya Ramanathan on why the term "ethnic food" has got to go.

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A Call to Social Scientists - Segmenting Population & the Inadequacy of English: "Anyone of Asian descent born or mostly raised outside of the motherlands, particularly, in English-speaking nations like Canada, the US, Australia, and England share so many similarities in terms of history and interests that I am surprised academia has not coined a term that groups these populations and that allows us to talk about ourselves without sounding awkward and long-winded."

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It's Time to Get Real About Racial Diversity in Comics: "Like virtually every other form of entertainment, the world of comic books has been increasingly grappling with issues of diversity especially over the last several years as social media and Internet platforms have amplified the voices of minority creators and critics."

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How To Tell If You Are In A Korean Drama: Do you spend roughly 35% of your day sitting in fashionable cafes? Does everyone in town know more about your family than you do? Do you and everyone you know own a Samsung Galaxy S6? Chances are, you're living in a Korean drama.

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Japanese HS Batter Has the Finest At-Bat Warm-Up Routine of Them All: This Japanese high school slugger has the most entertaining don't-give-a-damn pre-bat routine in the history of baseball.

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Maybe Time Travelers Are Stealing Our Stuff: Wesley Chu's new novel Time Salvager is about time travelers who visit the scenes of famous disasters and salvage materials that are destined to be destroyed anyway.

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'China Rich Girlfriend': The Novel that Explains Billionaire Asian Grooming Practices: One of the most riveting and consistent plot devices in Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend is the grooming practices of the jet set elite, with distinctive styles that separate Singaporean, Hong Kong, and mainland Chinese women -- and yes, contains prejudices of their own.

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Talking to the Women (and Man) Behind Disoriented Comedy: Meet the folks behind Disoriented Comedy, the first-ever (mostly) female Asian American stand-up comedy tour.

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"I'm Hoping There is a Shift," Says Lea Salonga On Diversity and the "United Colors" of This Season: The diversity of roles and musicals this Broadway season is what Lea Salonga, who stars with George Takei in the musical Allegiance, describes as "The United Colors."

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"Advantageous" Sci-Fi Film Asks Where Women Will Fit in the Future: CAAM chats with director Jennifer Phang and co-writer/lead actress Jacqueline Kim about their unique vision of the future in the indie sci-fi drama Advantageous, now available for streaming on Netflix.

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Hell on Wheels Q&A - Angela Zhou (Fong): Angela Zhou, who plays Fong (a.k.a. Mei) on AMC's Hell on Wheels, talks about her unusual first day on set and how a night out with Calgary's transgender community helped her prepare for her role.

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Korean German Actor Teo Yoo Finds His Identity Through 'Seoul Searching': After years of struggling, Korean German actor Teo Yoo finally got the chance to play a version of himself in the role of Klaus Kim -- also a Korean German -- in Benson Lee's coming-of-age dramedy Seoul Searching.


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