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.

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Video: 'Fresh Off The Boat' Writer Nahnatchka Khan Tells Stories From The Inside Out

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nahnatchka Khan writes scripts that focus on real-life experiences. There are thousands of stories to tell, and she says Fresh Off the Boat is just the beginning.


Video: 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Sara Ramirez Brings Empathy And Activism To Acting

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sara Ramirez didn't see herself reflected on the silver screen growing up, but her love for the arts drove her to pursue a career in acting anyway.


Video: Lessons On First-Gen Life From Yvonne Orji Of 'Insecure'

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When Yvonne Orji told her parents she was going to be a comedian, they cried. Since then, her story has inspired "first gens" all over the world.


Video: Aasif Mandvi Of 'Daily Show' Talks Islamophobia, Immigration And Comedy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The actor, writer, producer and comedian traces the trajectory of his career, including what was like to be The Daily Show's first brown person.


Fresh On The Screen: How TV Is Redefining Whom We Think Of As 'American'

Monday, November 09, 2015

After a century in the shadows, immigrants are stepping into the prime-time spotlight. Code Switch takes a look at the past and present of immigrants on TV.


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 firs...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...
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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...

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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 iron...
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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 featu...
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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 Ya...

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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 depa...

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