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1.26.2020

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You've seen the word on billboards, mugs, t-shirts and tote bags, punned into meaninglessness. What was the original meaning and intention of "namaste," anyway?

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Asian American racism is the unfunny joke the comedy world needs to reckon with
Grappling with a culture that's still okay with making fun of people like me.

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'Drama. Competition. Fear': Those red envelopes for the Lunar New Year yield much more than cash
"Of all the traditions surrounding the biggest holiday in many Asian communities -- from cleaning the house and wearing new clothes for a fresh start, to lighting firecrackers to chase away evil spirits -- it may be the ubiquitous "hongbao," as it's called in Chinese, or "li xi," as it's known in Vietnamese, that inspires the most talk with endless comparisons over which relatives are big spenders and which are tightwads.

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My Family's Specialty Cleaning Supplies for Lunar New Year
Shoes Off cleaner, White Wash Wash, and more cleaning supplies to wash out the old and welcome the new.

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Stop-Motion Short 'Sister' Examines Psychological Toll Of China's One-Child Policy
Siqi Song's Oscar-nominated stop-motion short, Sister, is a somber meditation on the lives affected by China's one-child policy, informed by the director's unique coming-of-age experience.

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If You Don't Want to Try This at Home
There's no shame in loving durian at this New York City haven.

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How the owner of a San Francisco pin shop became a Twitter sensation in her eighties
Su Lee has run the Oriental Art Gallery, her speciality pin business, since 1967.

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With His Fourth Book, Charles Yu Finally Feels Like a Writer
Interior Chinatown explores Asian-American stereotypes, something that captivated the novelist and TV writer as he thought about stars, supporting characters and who gets to play the lead.

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'Star Trek: Picard' Actress on Show's "Progressive" Asian American Representation
Star Trek: Picard star Isa Briones says she's proud to be part of the progressive show that represents the Asian American community onscreen.

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Location, Location, Location: Always Be My Maybe's team takes EW on a tour of San Francisco
Always Be My Maybe was not only a cute rom-com, but a love letter to San Francisco.

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'Be Water' Puts An Honest Lens On Bruce Lee's Trailblazing Impact
Bao Nguyen's documentary Be Water, which premiered at Sundance, delves into Bruce Lee's impact as a martial arts icon and trailblazer for Asians in an American institution.

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Lori Tan Chinn Is a Scene-Stealer in Awkwafina's New Series. But the Role Comes After Decades of Harassment and Discrimination
Lori Ann Chinn speaks about the span of her career, which had challenges (whitewashing, being bullied by directors), and the joys (improvising with Awkwafina).

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BD Wong talks playing Awkwafina's dad on new show, plus reuniting with Mulan costar Ming-Na Wen
You know BD Wong as the stoic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: SVU, or for his enthralling performance as Whiterose on Mr. Robot. But until you see Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, you haven't fully seen just how versatile -- and lovable -- the veteran actor truly is.

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Bowen Yang of 'S.N.L.' Is a Smash. And a Mensch.
Saturday Night Live's first Chinese American cast member talks resisting conversion therapy, playing politicians and quitting Twitter.