yul kwon on cnn's uncovering america

Next week, in observation of APA Heritage Month, CNN's Uncovering America programming initiative will focus on Asian Pacific Americans—what it means to be an Asian American today and how challenges have evolved for first-generation Asian immigrants versus younger Asian Americans. Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor will serve as a special correspondent for the network, reporting on topics such as the changing portrayals of Asian American men in film and television (May 14), the glass ceiling for Asian Americans in corporate America (May 15), and affirmative action in education (May 16). Also, CNN's Richard Lui, Dan Simon , Alina Cho, Veronica De La Cruz, Dan Lothian, and Betty Nguyen will all be reporting on Asian American topics starting today and throughout the week. A special edition of House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta will examine race and health, including the latest information regarding Asian Americans and cancer. Other coverage, according to the press release, includes:
  • On Saturday, May 12, CNN Newsroom anchor Betty Nguyen reports on the identity challenges faced by biracial and multi-racial Asian Americans. University of California-Santa Barbara professor Kip Fulbeck, creator of the "Hapa Project," joins the program with expert analysis. "Hapa" is the Hawaiian term for people of mixed race.

  • Correspondents Dan Lothian and Dan Simon on special assignment for Anderson Cooper 360° through Friday, May 18, will explore a range of issues faced by Asian-American students, including the burden to adopt certain professions (e.g., medicine and engineering fields), the possibility of unofficial admission restrictions capping Asian-American college applicants and expectations for Asian-American students in regards to test scores. Anderson Cooper 360° airs each weekday from 10 p.m. to midnight;

  • Gupta will report on Asians and intelligence and nature vs. nurture for Anderson Cooper 360° and Paula Zahn Now;

  • For American Morning, Alina Cho will report on Asians and plastic surgery intended to reduce the ethnicity of Asian appearances known as blepharoplasty. American Morning airs each weekday morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.;

  • CNN Pipeline anchor Veronica De La Cruz will report on human trafficking and mail-order brides affecting Asian-American communities for CNN Pipeline and the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, airing on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays;

  • Also for CNN Pipeline, Richard Lui will file "Paper Sons," a report on citizenship discrimination for early Chinese immigrants, for Friday, May 18. Many Chinese immigrant families in the early 20th century, including Lui's, had their family names changed to avoid deportation.
Check out the website: Uncovering America: The Asian American Journey. Big props, once again, to Yul. As promised, the guy has been using the celebrity status gained from his win on Survivor to bring attention to the issues and causes he cares about. And that is cool.

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