7.22.2018

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When History Repeats Itself: Asian Immigrants in the Era of Trump
Asian immigrants have a long, difficult history in the United States. So why does America know so little about it?

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The Last Straw
Alice Wong on the burden the straw ban has on people with disabilities: "Plastic is seen as cheap, "anti-luxury," wasteful, and harmful to the environment. All true. Plastic is also an essential part of my health and wellness. With my neuromuscular disability, plastic straws are necessary tools for my hydration and nutrition."

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Young Jean Lee's Unsafe Spaces
Playwright Young Jean Lee, the first Asian American woman to have a play on Broadway, takes aim at identity and watches the audience squirm in her latest work, Straight White Men.

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How We Create Personal Myths (and Why They Matter)
Angela Chen talks about her family's separation as a two-year-old: "My parental separation was vastly less traumatic than what is happening to children at the border. But this narrative lives inside me"

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In Search of Water-Boiled Fish
After eight years and hundreds of miles, why a cherished dish remains elusive.

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Katherine Lo's New Hotel Touts Progressive Politics, Right Down the Street from the Trump International
Kat Lo of Eaton DC envisions her hotel to be a space to support and foster progressive politics.

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How a Chinese cook helped establish Yosemite and the National Park Service
"Hundreds of Chinese go to Yosemite... Imagine what the experience would be for them if they knew that Chinese worked on these roads over a hundred years ago."

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At a storied Chinatown bakery, four generations labor to learn lessons of family
A Los Angeles institution, Phoenix Bakery is one of five remaining businesses that opened when Chinatown was first established. IT turns 80 this year. How has it survived?

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Exploring the 'Futureface' of America with Alex Wagner: podcast & transcript
Alex Wagner, author of the new memoir Futureface, talks about identity and what it means to be "American" when so many of our ancestors originally came here from somewhere else.

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Comics of Asian Descent, Tired of Being Invisible, Put Themselves Onstage
Welcome to Asian AF, a monthly showcase for actors, storytellers and comedians of Asian descent that regularly sells out U.C.B. theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The evenings are not the first of their kind, but they're part of a larger quest for representation by performers who had felt invisible in the comedy ecosystem.

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A Superstar In China, Daniel Wu Emerges In His Native California
Over two decades, Daniel Wu has played leading roles in everything from romantic comedies to kung fu costume dramas. He's become a celebrity across Asia. But AMC's action drama Into the Badlands is the first starring role in the United States for the California native.

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Matt Groening still doesn't understand the problem with Apu
In a new interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, Simpsons creator Matt Groening seemed to indicate he still doesn’t get what the criticism of the character Apu is all about.

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4 Animated Indian Characters who are Better Developed than Apu from 'The Simpsons'
Apu isn't the only Indian cartoon character. Here are four more that are written to be fully realized people.

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5 myths about Bruce Lee, debunked by the author of his new biography
Friday marked the 45th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death. As his fans reflect on his life and career, the author of his recent biography, Bruce Lee: A Life shares few insights from his extensive research and interview process.