Kat Chow

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New U.S. Census Category Proposed For Middle Eastern People

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau may add a new category to its 2020 form for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. The category — called "MENA" for short — encompasses a broad range of people and identities.


'Vietgone': A Sex Comedy About Mom, Dad And Refugee Camps

Friday, October 14, 2016

Playwright Qui Nguyen's latest work tells the story of how his parents met in an Arkansas refugee camp in 1975.


Asian-Americans Continue To Drift Away From The GOP, But It's A Complicated Story

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

For decades, a majority of the Vietnamese-American electorate has leaned Republican. Now Asian-Americans are more likely to register as independents, with very complex opinions on national issues.


Who Is This Restaurant For? Pt. 1: Us vs. Them

Monday, October 10, 2016

When you walk into a restaurant, you’re bombarded with signals that tell you what kind of place it is. But what happens when those signals bring certain people in, and keep others out?

In This Campaign, Clinton, Trump Flash Their Racial Credentials

Monday, October 03, 2016

Experts call it "affiliative kinships" and the "opposite of othering;" whatever you call it, when race comes up in presidential race, the candidates feel the need to establish their racial cred.


A Letter From Young Asian-Americans To Their Families About Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shereen Marisol Meraji and Kat Chow talk to young people who crowd-sourced an open letter to their loved ones, asking them to care about police violence against black Americans.


The Code Switch Podcast, Episode 8: No Words

Saturday, July 09, 2016

It's hard to figure out what to say after this week's horrific violence, which began with two viral videos of police shooting black men and ended with a deadly attack by a gunman on police officers.


In Dallas, Fear That 'Love And Understanding Will Never Win'

Friday, July 08, 2016

As more information about the shooting that killed five police officers surfaces, we asked people from Dallas to share their stories about how conversations around race and policing are shifting.


On The Podcast: Rep Sweats, Or, 'I Don't Know If I Like This, But I Need It To Win'

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kat and Gene hash out something they've been mulling over for a while: that feeling of obligation that you have to root for something, because it's theoretically for you.


My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

President Obama recently signed a bill striking the term "Oriental" from federal law. It was a reminder for NPR's Kat Chow of the fact that her father still uses the word — to describe himself.


How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice

Monday, May 16, 2016

Anthony Mendez's role as Jane's unseen narrator has garnered him critical acclaim. But before Mendez was able to turn his voice into a career, he was selling tombstones for the family business.


When Is It OK To Profit From Cooking Other Cultures' Food? You Weighed In

Monday, April 04, 2016

We started a conversation about food and race. Who gets to cook and become the face of a culture's cuisine? While our question was prompted by an interview with Rick Bayless, the issue transcends him.


How The Obama Presidency Has — Or Hasn't — Shaped Latino Identity: You Weighed In

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Our most recent #NPRObamaEffect chat explored how — or whether — the Obama years have shaped how Latino communities and people across the country think about identity today.


When Chefs Become Famous Cooking Other Cultures' Food

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rick Bayless is a master of Mexican fare. He's also a white guy from Oklahoma. Over the years, that's made him the target of criticism. Who gets to be the ambassador of a cuisine?


The Epic Web Comic That Reimagines The Legend Of Bruce Lee

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jeremy Arambulo, a Filipino-American comic artist who lives in Los Angeles, says he basically came out of the womb knowing the legend of Bruce Lee, the kung fu king. "He's like our Elvis," says Arambulo. "If we didn't have him, geez, who would we have? Charlie Chan? I don't know. ...


Long Before They Were 'Apparent Muslims,' Sikhs Were Targeted In U.S.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Early one morning last weekend, Amrik Singh Bal, 68, was standing along a stretch of highway in Fresno, Calif., waiting for a ride to work. Two white men pulled up beside him, hurling obscenities out their window.

The Fresno Bee reports that Bal, who is Sikh, has a ...


TV's Challenge For 2016: Taking Immigrant Stories To The Next Level

Monday, December 14, 2015

In Fresh Off The Boat's first episode, Eddie Huang walks into the cafeteria of his new middle school for the first time, toting a brown paper bag. As he looks for a seat, we're reminded that on top of the usual new school jitters, Eddie's the lone Asian-American kid in ...


The Forgotten Actor Who Battled Hollywood's Whiteness In The 1950s

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Recently, we've been talking a lot about onscreen diversity and how much browner TV has gotten in the past few years with shows like Empire, Master of None and Dr. Ken and showrunners like Shonda Rhimes and Nahnatchka Khan injecting more people of color into the system.

The New Yorker's ...


No Longer 'The Only One'? This Year, Things Changed For Asian-Americans On TV

Friday, November 13, 2015

Around this time in 2014, ABC had just canceled the sitcom Selfie, starring everybody's ideal boyfriend John Cho and Karen Gillan. Cho was the first Asian-American male to play the lead in a rom-sitcom — he called his role "revolutionary" — and fans lamented that the show was ...


Our Favorite Word — 'Diversity' — Is Under The Microscope At Mizzou And Yale

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The word "diversity" gets thrown around a lot in these parts, and recently, it has come under a lot of scrutiny; it's easy to invoke, but what does it actually mean? Over at The New York Times Magazine, Anna Holmes recently pondered how the word gets used in corporate ...