8.19.2018

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Is No. 1 at Box Office, Proving Power of Diversity (Again)
"Audiences are tired of seeing the same stories with the same characters. And we have to give people a reason to get off their couch or devices. We have to give them something different."

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Crazy Rich Asians Is the Love Letter to My People I Never Had a Chance to Write
Of the dozen or so TV shows Adele Lim has written for, none had an Asian lead. Then the opportunity to write Crazy Rich Asians with co-screenwriter Peter Chiarelli came along.

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"Crazy Rich Asians" Doesn't Care About Your Impossible Expectations
Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before may be making history, but all they really want is to entertain. Isn't there something historic in that, too?

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How "Crazy Rich" Asians Have Led to the Largest Income Gap in the U.S.
No, this is not about the film -- but it is important. While rich Asians have become the highest-earning group in the nation, income growth among poor Asians has largely stagnated. This trend mirrors that of other racial groups, though income inequality has accelerated fastest among Asians.

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Crazy Broke Asians: Asian America's Forgotten Fight
While Crazy Rich Asians is an enjoyable and light-hearted summer watch, it certainly does not represent all Asians or Asian Americans.

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Leaving a Legacy: Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Filipino-American Champion and Historian
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a passionate activist who dedicated her life to chronicling the rich Filipino-American history in California and the U.S., died unexpectedly last week from an asthma attack.

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A Sisterhood of Nurses
More than 40 years ago, six Filipino nurses arrived in the U.S. to launch their nursing careers. Joyette, Connie, Peachy, Nora, Teresa and Gertrudes have supported one another through sea changes in the medical field as well as personal joys and sorrows. This is their story.

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2018 Was the Summer of the Asian Beach Read
Writers of color often find themselves pigeonholed as "identity writers" who focus on racial trauma. But this summer, there's been a boom of lighter "beach read" books from Asian Americans -- and it's refreshing.

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An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen, Finally
Jenny Han, whose book To All the Boys I've Loved Before is now a Netflix film, talks about the importance of seeing someone who looks like you on creative media platforms.

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John Cho Doesn't Have All the Answers
Actor John Cho talks about being a focal point for Asian American representation and why nobody wanted him to do his new movie Searching.

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Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood's 'Cultural Insensitivity'
Ken Jeong delights audiences in Crazy Rich Asians as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, the road to Crazy Rich Asians was a deeply emotional one.

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How Coldplay's "Yellow," in Chinese, ended up on the "Crazy Rich Asians" soundtrack
"The ace card in Crazy Rich Asians' loaded hand is its soundtrack, which combines nostalgic Chinese big-band jazz numbers from the swinging sixties with tongue-twisted remakes of American pop classics." Including the centerpiece: a memorable cover of Coldplay's "Yellow."

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Meet Katherine Ho, the Voice Behind Your Favorite Song from the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Soundtrack
19-year-old student Katherine Ho, who covers Coldplay's “Yellow,” is on cloud nine right now.

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James Hong, 89-Year-Old Chinese American Actor: "I Never Thought It Would Take This Long"
James Hong who has been acting since the 1950s has been fighting for parity for Asian actors for decades. "I never thought it would take this long," Hong said of the making and release of Crazy Rich Asians.

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It’s Time to Forgive The Joy Luck Club
The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian Americans turned on it.

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Mitski Writes Bangers for the Loners
On her fifth album, Be the Cowboy, the musician explores solitude in all its forms.

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'We Bare Bears' creator Daniel Chong on how the show keeps pushing its storytelling
Daniel Chong's animated show We Bare Bears follows the antics of tech-savvy bear brothers as they integrate into human society. As it begins its fourth season, Chong discusses how he and his team are taking the show into new directions.