Jeff Yang

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Jeff Yang is It's A Free Country's pop and politics blogger. He also writes the column Tao Jones for the Wall Street Journal Online. Follow him on Twitter at @originalspin.

Jeff Yang appears in the following:

Rerun Nation: Is America Out of Original Ideas?

Monday, June 01, 2015

Whether it's at the movie theater or on the campaign trail, we're surrounded by reboots, reloads, remakes, and sequels. Where has American originality gone?

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Making the First Asian-American Sitcom in 20 Years

Monday, May 19, 2014

ABC has released a new fall line up, including two shows about American immigrant families. We talk to the young star of “Fresh Off the Boat,” Hudson Yang, about being one of the first Asian-American kids to head a major network TV show.

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How I Got Roped Into the #CancelColbert Twitter Drama

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stephen Colbert tried to make fun of racists by making a racist joke. It didn't go over well on Twitter. Here's the story behind the latest "weaponized hashtag."

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Is My Halloween Costume Offensive?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Every Halloween, there are conversations about what's an appropriate costume, and what's insensitive. Historical (but despicable) figures like Genghis Khan? Racial stereotypes like a Geisha? Sexy [anything]? Blackface? (Okay, that one's easy: Don't do it!)

Live on the Brian Lehrer Show at 11:40am today.

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Made for TV Asian Beauty

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jeff Yang, contributor to the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog and editor of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, talks about the first South Asian Miss America and the comments she made about TV personality Julie Chen's decision to have plastic surgery to look less Asian.

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Movie Date: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

Friday, March 01, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen are joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Tao Jones column. Jeff shares his thoughts on the new movie, "21 and Over" - from its depiction of race, to whether it's just a cheap mash-up of "Weekend at Bernie's" and "The Hangover." Along the way, Rafer admits he doesn't remember his twenty first birthday, Kristen falls asleep, and Jeff clarifies that he's not really Jackie Chan (even though he wrote a book called, "I Am Jackie Chan"). Other films discussed in this podcast include the Cold War thriller, "Phantom" and the fairy tale reboot "Jack the Giant Slayer."

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Opinion: Whatever the Right Says, Obama Has a Huge Mandate

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The reality is that the radicalization of the GOP is too complete, and the stakes remain too high, for any real post-election coming-together to occur.

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Meme Patrol: Buying Mitt's Ladybinders on Amazon

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"As a wife and mother, I LOVE this binder. It keeps me in my place, allows me to get dinner ready on time, AND costs 72 percent of more masculine version!"

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Exploring Asian American Comic Book Artists and Imagery

Monday, October 01, 2012

Seventy years ago, half of all Americans read comic books, and much of what they saw were stereotypical images of Asian kamikazes, gurus, temptresses, and lotus flowers. How did Asian Americans read these images? How do they see them now?

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Meme Patrol: #MuslimRage

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The hashtag was overtaken instantly by tweets mocking the concept of specifically “Muslim” rage, detailing rage-triggers that were sometimes inanely innocuous, sometimes darkly ironic, and all very much on point with what it means to be a modern Muslim.

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Meme Patrol: The GOP's Herman and Eddie Munster Ticket

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ryan, with his porcelain-pale skin, deep-set eyes and a pronounced widow's peak, has long been snarked as an Eddie Munster lookalike. Paired with Romney's long-faced, patrician features, the instant invention of a new meme — Herman and Eddie Munster in 2012! - was inevitable.

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Friday Follow with Ron Christie and Jeff Yang

Friday, July 20, 2012

Every Friday The Takeaway takes a look back at this week’s big stories. From the politics of basketball to the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, this week was full of tension.


Jeremy Lin May Be Headed to Houston

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is Jeremy Lin be headed over to the Rockets? Will all ties with the Knicks be cut by tomorrow? Is it finally the end of New York's 'Linsanity'?

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Follow Friday: Employment Report and the Higgs Boson Particle

Friday, July 06, 2012

Friday on The Takeaway means a chance to look back at this week’s big stories. Talking about the new employment numbers, Anderson Cooper, the Higgs Boson particle and more are Jeff Yang, Charlie Herman, and Lisa Randall.

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Follow Friday: Rodney King, the Sandusky Trial, Ann Curry and the Olympics Playlist

Friday, June 22, 2012

Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya look back at the week's top stories for this week's Follow Friday. They cover the death and legacy of Rodney King, Jerry Sandusky's trial, Ann Curry's departure from The Today Show, and their selections for the Olympics playlist.

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Follow Friday: The Future of Print Journalism, Sheldon Adelson, and White House Leaks

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya join us for our weekly Friday Follow, looking back at the week's top stories. The two discuss New Orleans' Times-Picayune newspaper's shift from print to digital, Romney's new supporter Sheldon Adelson, White House leaks, the economic visions of both presidential candidates, and the new gay and lesbian iPhone emoticons.

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Follow Friday: Unemployment, Romney's Nomination, DOMA

Friday, June 01, 2012

This week, our Follow Friday panel includes Jeff Yang, author of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron and Jeff discuss the unemployment numbers for May, Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination and where his campaign goes from here, the Circuit Court decision holding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and President Obama's "Kill List."


Opinion: Why Stop at 'Black Metrosexual Abraham Lincoln'?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Attached please find artists' renderings of our top four attack strategies for your review.

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Follow Friday: Facebook IPO, Trayvon Martin, Violence Against Women Act

Friday, May 18, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week's panel includes Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, Jeff Yang, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. They'll cover Facebook’s step into public life, developments in the Senate and House showdown over the Violence Against Women Act, and new developments in the death of Trayvon Martin.

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Dear Lorne Michaels: I, Mitt Romney, Accept Your Invitation to Host Saturday Night Live

Monday, April 30, 2012

My campaign has determined with a reasonably high degree of significance that accepting your invitation would make me - Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney look “spontaneous” and “fun.”

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