2.10.2019

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The End of the American Chinatown
Renewed interest in downtown living threatens neighborhoods that long provided a first stop for new immigrants.

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Not Just Dragon Dancing. The History Of LA's Chinatown Parade You Might Not Know
La Fiesta de Los Angeles, a mob killing of Chinese men, and other unknown histories that precede L.A.'s Chinatown parade as we know it today.

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How The Destruction Of LA's Original Chinatown Led To The One We Have Today
Born out of necessity for a community displaced by racism and civic development, the neighborhood has endured for more than 80 years — but the Chinatown we know today isn't Los Angeles's first such enclave.

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Forget it, Jake: If Chinatown is a metaphor for anything, it's America
In his new column for the Los Angeles Times, Frank Shyong aims to reintroduce readers to Los Angeles, a "vibrant, ever-changing, international city defined by its diversity and its diasporas."

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Chinese, Taiwanese Restaurants Drop 'Golden' And 'Dragon' To Take On Mandarin Names
Words like "Golden" and "Dragon" used to signal to restaurant-goers that a place was going to serve Chinese dishes. A younger generation of restaurant-owners opts out of these signifiers.

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For Asian-American Artists, K-pop Is A Homecoming
Just as their parents once saw the United States as the land of opportunity, young Korean Americans with pop star dreams now see South Korea as a place to make it big.

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The Collected Esmé Wangs
In her new collection of essays, The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Wang tackles the many varied things — from mental health, to family history -- that make her her.

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Why Patriot Act Succeeded Where Netflix’s Other Talk Shows Tanked
Netflix’s forays into the talk show genre haven't lasted long, but Hasan Minhaj may have cracked the code.

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As an Asian-American Woman, I Saw My Trauma and Grief in "The Farewell"
Lulu Wang's Sundance Film Festival hit The Farewell is about a family that gathers in China to spend time with their grandmother while hiding her terminal cancer diagnosis from her.

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Here to Make NICE and Changes to the Asian American Canon
Writer, actor, and filmmaker Naomi Ko expands the conversation on representation in media, asking what it means to create a TV show about your home and community when the world doesn't believe you're from there -- and what it means to create for your community when parts of your community do not accept your work.

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Grace Under Pressure: Is Chantal Thuy Black Lightning's Next Hero?
An interview with Black Lightning's Chantal Thuy, who plays Grace Choi, a queer Asian American bartender and superhero fan.