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2.28.2016

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Asians not spared by Chris Rock at Oscars: That awful accounting joke involving Asian kids was one of a multitude of cringeworthy moments during the 88th Academy Awards.

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There is No "Chinese" Side of Justice: "It's a slick and convincing video that uses the kind of politically correct, in vogue language that typically appeals to many Chinese and Asian American progressives like myself. The message is also absolutely wrong."

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Chinese social media platform plays a role in U.S. rallies for NYPD officer: A crucial factor in the significant turnout for rallies in support of Peter Liang was the Chinese social media platform WeChat.

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Peter Liang Was Justly Convicted- He's Not A Victim, Says This Niece of Vincent Chin: Annie Tan says that Asian Americans who compare Peter Liang and Vincent Chin as similar victims are misguided -- "Injustice is injustice. We should all agree that 1. People should not be killed, and 2. People who kill other people should be held accountable and face the consequences of their actions."

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Jenny Yang and Ijeoma Oluo talk about Peter Liang and racial justice: Comedian Jenny Yang chats with writer Ijeoma Oluo about Peter Liang's recent conviction, the surrounding controversy, and the state of Black-Asian American relations today.

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Meet the Young Woman Who's Using Dildos to Get Guns Off College Campuses: Recent University of Texas Austin graduate Jessica Jin became an "accidental activist" when she created a mock Facebook event as a way to protest Texas's "campus carry law." #CocksNotGlocks, y'all.

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Meet the 24-year-old who could change how the US handles sexual assaults: State Department official Amanda Nguyen drove forward the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act after fighting not to have her own rape kit destroyed.

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When People of Color Are Discouraged From Going Into the Arts: "I hope some of my students will become co-workers in the kingdom of culture -- and in so doing, shape American culture to reflect more accurately the diversity of its members."

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Hey, Sci-Fi And Comics Fans: It's Time To Embrace The Dark Side: On superheroes, villains, and race.

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How Islamophobia Affects the Mental Health of Young South Asians in the West (And How to Help): Islamaphobia is not just a personal issue that affects individuals. It is systemic, and here are some numbers that show how damaging dehumanization is for South Asians, Muslim or not.

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Tragedy Behind the 'Killing Fields' Star Who Won a Supporting Actor Oscar: Haing Ngor won for the 1984 movie, the first and only Asian man to ever be named best supporting actor. He was later fatally shot in Los Angeles. Now, the niece whom he carried out of Cambodia to escape their Khmer Rouge captors, dodging land mines and eating rats for food, has possession of his Oscar: "This is for you. I did this for you," he told her.

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Legal fight over century-old Korean papers found in L.A. ends: For more than a decade, 15,000 to 16,000 pages of documents that chronicle the very early years of Korean immigration to California have been in limbo.

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Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom: For many Chinese, opening up restaurants became a way to bypass immigration laws designed to keep them out of the U.S.

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What It's Really Like to Work in Hollywood*: The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers -- their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite.

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Of Uncle Chans and Rotten Bananas: The Adaptational Politics of Eddie Huang's "Fresh Off the Boat": "Fresh Off the Boat is important. Not only for representational reasons or the fact that it manages to do new things with the tired sitcom formula. Huang's real-life battle with ABC over their adaptation of his life embodies the same conflicts he identifies in the Asian American community: good versus bad subjects, assimilation, resistance, anger, and representation."

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The outrage over Marvel's Iron Fist casting, explained: "This reality is slowly changing, and Marvel's Iron Fist Netflix series could have helped continue that change. But at the same time, frustration over the lack of Asian-American representation in pop culture runs much deeper than Iron Fist."

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An Overdue Intro to Hollis Wong-Wear, the Grammy-Nominated Musician and Poet on a Mission: The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis collaborator has stepped out as frontwoman of her own electro-R&B group, The Flavr Blue. But this is just the beginning for the singing, songwriting poet who will set you straight if you call her a "sidekick."

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"Readers are willing to follow writers into risky territory": Alexander Chee on Writing and The Queen of the Night: Alexander Chee's second novel, Queen of the Night, tells the story of a 19th century opera singer who goes from Minnesota to Paris.

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The Show That's Subtly Changing The Way We See Asian-American Men On TV: The love interest on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a rarity on television: an Asian American guy who's hot and sociable -- and he gets laid. BuzzFeed News spoke to actor Vincent Rodriguez III, who plays Josh Chan, and the show's creators about the Asian American dude next door.

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Margaret Cho: 'An Angry Woman Is the Scariest Thing You Can Be': Women of color who advocate for issues that affect them are often dismissed as angry. This only makes comedian Margaret Cho angrier.

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The pair behind Pixar’s Oscar nominated short "Sanjay's Super Team" talks personal inspiration and hybrid identities: CAAM talks to Pixar animator Sanjay Patel about the origin story of his Oscar-nominated superhero-themed short Sanjay's Super Team.

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"TYRUS" Film Shines the Spotlight on the Chinese American Behind "Bambi": Tyrus, this year's opening night film for CAAMFest, is Pamela Tom's documentary about the Chinese "paper son" who began his American life at Angel Island and became one of the few Asian American artists for Disney.

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Korean American coach Steve Baik leads the nation's top-ranked team: Pasadena-native Steve Baik is the head coach of the Chino Hills boys varsity basketball team in California, now ranked no. 1 in the nation with a 29-0 record.

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Judith Hill Has a Grammy and a Prince-Produced Debut Album - But She Almost Quit Music: Two weeks after winning a Grammy, Judith Hill was filling out paperwork to declare bankruptcy. Why she kept going.

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The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Ming Tsai: The East Meets West host and award-winning chef dishes on reality television, celebrity chefdom, and his mom's untouchable dumpling-rolling skills.


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