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9.09.2018

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In becoming the first Japanese-born tennis player to win a Grand Slam championship, Naomi Osaka is helping to challenge Japan's longstanding sense of racial purity and cultural identity.

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John McCain Was Never My Hero
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Day of Judgment
After a Supreme Court ruling goes his way, The Slants' Simon Tam realized winning can be complicated.

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Artist-in-Residence Yumi Sakugawa: We Are Not Bound By Our Narratives
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'Crazy Rich Asians' didn't tell all of our stories, but Asian Americans found a way to relate
"...on some level, I think I was relieved because I thought, however bizarrely, that my own social value and that of the entire Asian American community hinged upon the box-office receipts of this film. And that's how complicated it is to be Asian American in 2018."

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In 1993, ‘Joy Luck Club’ Changed Hollywood. Until It Didn't.
"I thought it would be a new beginning for Asian-Americans." It wasn't. In 1993, The Joy Luck Club was a critical and financial success. But instead of ushering in a crop of Asian American projects, the film remained a token for more than two decades.

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At 25, 'The Joy Luck Club' is still a captivating Hollywood movie about Asian American identity and, finally, it's no longer the only one
For 25 years, the epic story of four Chinese immigrant women living in San Francisco was one of the few Hollywood movies about Asian American identity. With the recent success of Crazy Rich Asians, people have hope that The Joy Luck Club will finally have some company.

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How to find the weird and hilarious Easter eggs in the social media thriller "Searching"
The makers of Searching plotted meticulously to make sure the footage was effective and not distracting. This made for a ton of background content and inside jokes for viewers to catch after multiple viewings.

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Riz Ahmed Acts His Way Out of Every Cultural Pigeonhole
From HBO to ‘Star Wars' to Shakespeare, he has discovered how to excel beyond tidy genres.

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Mitski Is The 21st Century's Poet Laureate Of Young Adulthood
Mitski's technical skills and poetic lyrics make her a powerful artist to watch out for.