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The Takeaway

A Game That Started with Segregation, Now Played with Pride

Monday, May 04, 2015

The game of 9-man looks like volleyball and is played in parking lots. It developed during a time of anti-Chinese sentiment, and is still dominated by Chinese-Americans today.

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The Takeaway

Lunar New Year: Fighting to Keep Tradition Alive

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For a younger generation of Asian-Americans growing up in the United States, celebrating the Lunar New Year has become an afterthought.

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WNYC Digital

Listen: Why Eddie Huang Wanted the Word 'Chink' on Prime-Time TV

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen to an excerpt from the talk-back following a sneak peak at the new ABC sitcom 'Fresh Off the Boat.'

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WNYC Digital

Asian America Back on TV in 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Monday, February 09, 2015

Watch our viewer talk-back after screening the first two episodes of ABC's new Chinese-American sitcom. 

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Micropolis

'Fresh Off the Boat' and the Burden of the Ethnic Sitcom

Monday, February 09, 2015

Arriving on a wave of publicity and expectations, it's the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years. What took so long?
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Operavore

‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Spinning on Air

Weaving Tradition and Modernity In Song

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu melds influences from jazz, classical, and the music of Korea, Java, Taiwan and East Timor. Hear and watch her perform pieces from her new solo opera "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths."

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The Takeaway

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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The Takeaway

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Counterterrorism Efforts; Lhota's Next Move; Asian Identity on TV; School 911 Calls

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The AP's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting and new book on the NYPD's counterterrorism unit and its domestic spying practices post-9/11. Plus: How Joe Lhota might capture enough votes to win the general election; Jeff Yang on perceptions of Asian American women on television, including Julie Chen and the first South Asian Miss America; WNYC's Beth Fertig on public schools using 911 calls to manage disruptive students; and how NYC's art and real estate markets interact.

The Brian Lehrer Show

New to Congress: Grace Meng

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (D - NY6, Queens), tells Brian Lehrer about her new role in Congress and her legislative priorities.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Asian-American Vote Increasingly Diverse, Important

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Nearly a third of Asian-American voters remain undecided. In contrast, recent surveys reveal that roughly 7 percent of the general population is undecided.

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WNYC News

Live Chat: Rise of Asian Americans

Friday, June 22, 2012

Asian Americans are the highest-earning, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in America, according to an exhaustive new study, "The Rise of Asian Americans."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Rise of Asian Americans

Friday, June 22, 2012

Deepa Iyer, head of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together, and Cary Funk, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, discuss a recent Pew study, "The Rise of Asian Americans", that concluded that Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the fastest growing immigrant group in the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Asians Pass Latinos as the Largest Wave of New Migrants to US

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

According to a study released by the Pew Research Center today, Asians have passed Latinos as the largest wave of new immigrants to this country. The number of Asians in the U.S. quadrupled between 1980 and 2010 to about 18 million, or 6 percent of the total population. Researchers say the new numbers reflect both a slow-down in illegal immigration and the demands many companies are making for higher-skilled workers.

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The Takeaway

Thirty Years Later: The Killing Of Vincent Chin

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thirty years ago this month, against the backdrop of a suffering American auto industry, and a growing Japanese one, a young Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white auto workers. Neither was found guilty of murder or served any jail time. The case galvanized the Asian American civil rights movement and introduced many Americans to the notion of hate crimes before U.S. hate crime laws existed.

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It's A Free Country ®

Parties Ignore Asian-American Voters at their Own Peril

Friday, May 18, 2012

Even though the U.S. Asian population grew faster than any other racial group in the past decade, neither political party has put much effort into tapping them.

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The Takeaway

The Asian-American Vote and How to Win It

Thursday, May 03, 2012

During the past several elections, we’ve heard a lot about Latino voters and how candidates are trying to win their support. But why do we hear so little about Asian-American voters? Christine Chen talks about these statistics, and what might change them. Tony Nam is an Asian American in Queens, New York who has never voted in a national election.

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The Takeaway

The Rapid Rise of Jeremy Lin

Monday, February 13, 2012

A few weeks ago nobody wanted him. Now NBA scouts are scratching their heads, wondering how they so badly misjudged recent Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin. With every game, Lin continues to outscore his previous career high — and he doesn't show signs of slowing down. "J-Lin" has also garnered a great deal of attention for being the league's first Asian-American player, as well as his devout Christianity.

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