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Kat Chow

Kat Chow appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Texas Teen To Transfer Schools After Arrest Over Homemade Clock

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Police in Irving, Texas, have decided not to press charges against a 14-year-old boy who brought a homemade clock to school. Authorities and educators were worried it might have been a bomb.

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Texas High School Student Arrested After Homemade Clock Mistaken For Bomb

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A 14-year-old high school student in the Dallas area is home from school Wednesday after his expulsion. Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to class on Monday, and the school phone...

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Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro ...

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Denmark Vesey And The History Of Charleston's 'Mother Emanuel' Church

Thursday, June 18, 2015

There's a long history to the Emanuel African Methodist Espiscopal Church in Charleston, S.C., — affectionately known as "Mother Emanuel" — where nine churchgoers were allegedly shot and killed by 21-year-old Dylann Roof on Wednesday night in what authorities are calling a hate crime. In fact, this church has ...

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BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today on Code Switch, writer and critic Roxane Gay, who's a favorite of ours, writes about the problem of all-white recommended readings lists.

It also reminded us of an essay from last month by Saeed Jones, literary editor at BuzzFeed. Jones, whose first book of poetry, Prelude ...

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The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

Friday, May 08, 2015

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.

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Reaction To Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's Remarks

Friday, May 01, 2015

Baltimore's lead prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby announced on Friday that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide. Mosby, who took office in January, is charging six city police officers with a range of offenses — including second-degree murder and manslaughter.

NPR's Bill Chappell wrote that Mosby's investigation found ...

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Virtual Readings For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Editor's note: This post contains some language that many will find offensive.

Lots of people are looking for words to make sense of Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore, and have turned to writers — from novelist and social critic James Baldwin to hip hop artist ...

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