4.28.2019

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Ali Wong, Comedy’s Reigning Queen Mom
The comedian burst onto the scene with two Netflix specials that mined pregnancy and motherhood for hilarity. As her new film, Always Be My Maybe, ups the ante, Ali Wong contends with her growing fame, touring with kids in tow, and more.

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John Cho on Heritage, Hashtags and Hollywood's Surprises
John Cho talks about narrating the PBS documentary Korea: The Never-Ending War, his role on The Twilight Zone, how Cowboy Bebop casting broke the internet, and the possibility of another Harold and Kumar movie.

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When Did Asian Food Become Dirty?
"Asian Americans are right to object to the weaponizing of the word "clean" as a way to suggest that Asian food is only safe when white people are in charge."

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The Next Mayor of Boston?
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has emerged as one of the city's most effective politicians.

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California's Lost (and Found) Punjabi-Mexican Cuisine
Rasul's El Ranchero restaurant in Yuba City, California created a roti quesadilla for a very specific community -- a half-century before Indian fusion food became trendy.

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How chef Helene An brought Vietnamese cuisine to the U.S.
The Smithsonian recently announced it will honor chef Helene An and her family with a Pioneer Award in Culinary Arts, recognizing her as "the mother of fusion cuisine" and "the first to introduce Vietnamese cuisine to mainstream America, changing American palates forever."

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Actress Leyna Bloom Is Gonna Make Trans, Black, And Asian History At The Cannes Film Festival
Model and actress Leyna Bloom is the first transgender woman of color to lead a film at Cannes.

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The Story of Our Lives Do Not Have Faces: Sally Wen Mao Interviewed by Anne Anlin Cheng
The poet on her new collection and how a person lost to history can survive in the imaginary possibilities of art.

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Ali Wong and Randall Park talk Always Be My Maybe, D'Angelo, and romance
Ali Wong and Randall Park, stars of the upcoming Always Be My Maybe, talk about their rom-com favorites and a scene in the film that features an assist from an R&B star.

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Amy Tan looks back on The Joy Luck Club -- and ahead to a post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood
The bestselling book The Joy Luck Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special edition of the novel, which includes a new preface by author Amy Tan.