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11.22.2015

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The Return of Korematsu: Seventy years after the mass internment of Japanese Americans was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, the ugly ideas at the core of its decision are resurfacing.

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Before people start invoking Japanese American internment, they should remember what it was like: Last week, Roanoke, Virginia Mayor David Bowers used Japanese American internment in World War II to justify barring Syrian refugees from entry in the U.S. What an asshole. Jeff Guo cautions the use of invoking internment without understanding the realities of life for Japanese Americans during WWII.

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The congressman who was held in a Japanese internment camp has some thoughts on that Roanoke mayor: Congressman Mike Honda responds to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers' statement about Japanese American internment. Honda and his family were interned at Tulelake and Amache.

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The U.S. Can Handle Much More Than 10,000 Syrian Refugees: Obama's announcement that the U.S. would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year met harsh criticism for some. But looking back to the wave of Southeast Asian refugees post-1975 shows that the U.S. can do much better than 10,000.

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Obama aide tells of her own childhood flight from government detention camp: Elizabeth Phu, an aide to President Obama who works on southeast Asia policy, including refugee outreach, fled Vietnam herself as a young child with her family over 36 years ago.

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36 Crazy Gifts That Any Miyazaki Lover Will Go Nuts Over: For the ultimate Hayao Miyazaki fan.

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Language Lessons: On Adoption, Identity and Loss: "The effects of adoption don't end at placement, or even when an adopted child grows into an adult. Nor are they limited to the adopted person — they can be felt unto the next generation, and the next." Nicole S. Chung on adoption, identity, and loss.

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My Face is a Face of Asian America: "As a hapa Japanese American growing up in the flat plains of suburban Chicago, I knew that I stood out from a very young age." Candace Kita on growing up mixed race and (not) fitting in.

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Pursuing Happiness As A Trans Woman Of Color: "Growing up, trans women of color are taught to expect nothing but violence, rejection, and early death. I found gender euphoria against the odds through trans sisterhood — and by redefining my idea of happiness." An essay by Kai Cheng Thom.

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A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang shares about how she and her children created their own holiday tradition -- Thanksgiving Eve.

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Marvel Comics' secret weapon is a woman named Sana Amanat: Sana Amanat is Marvel Comics' director of content and character development, "charged with making Marvel's superheroes bigger, brighter, bolder, and, most important, reflective of the rich audience that idolizes them."

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Who Marvel chooses to play Iron Fist is a big deal: "Considering how white the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, it'd be a bad idea for the company to cast its next hero, one with so many Asian influences, as yet another white character. Especially when Marvel is only getting started showing more diversity in its movies and TV shows."

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ABC Exec Keli Lee Talks Casting For Diversity In Hollywood: ABC's Executive Vice President of Talent and Casting, Keli Lee talks strong women leads and changing the face of American TV.

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The Redemption of Jeremy Lin: With the Hornets, Jeremy Lin is content just to play basketball the way he wants to -- the way he did during his career's brief peak and hasn't had the chance to do for three long years.

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This Woman Is Trying To Reclaim The Saree In America, And It's Working: Since September 2015, Professor Tanya Rawal has been Instagramming her wearing sarees. #SareeNotSaree is an attempt to shift ideas of beauty in the U.S.

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No Longer 'The Only One'? This Year, Things Changed For Asian-Americans On TV: In just one year, major TV networks have embraced Asian Americans. What has that changed, and what's there left to do?

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Master of None's Kelvin Yu on Immigrant Parents and Finally Playing the Hottie: Vulture's E. Alex Jung interviews Kelvin Yu, who plays Brian in Aziz Ansari's Netflix show Master of None.

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Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood: Aziz Ansari, comedian and co-creator of Master of None, on race, Hollywood, and talking with the actor who did brownface in the 1988 film Short Circuit 2.

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Master of None's Ravi Patel on Doing the Infamous Indian Accent and the Second Coming of Aziz Ansari: Vulture's Mallika Rao talks to Ravi Patel on working with Aziz Ansari in Master of None, marriage and his 2015 documentary Meet the Patels, and his conflicted relationship with the infamous "Apu accent."

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A Man Named "Phuc Dat Bich" Posted His Passport Photo To Facebook After Being Banned Multiple Times: He's not wrong, everyone else is.


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