Kat Chow

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01/27/15: NPR Presents Michel Martin: Offense or Defense?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Hands down, football is the most watched sport in America. It has also become one of the most controversial, and conversations around it now tackle much more than what happens ON the field. From concern over the long term health effects of the sport, to worries that its culture encourages ...


Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Not surprisingly, many of the stories we heard from you were about food. You had issues roasting the turkey. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird golden-brown.


In Ferguson, A Trove Of Evidence — But No Trial

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the news that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. And in an unusual move, the announcement was accompanied by the release of an enormous batch of evidence presented to the ...


Running Late? Nah, Just On 'CPT'

Sunday, November 23, 2014

In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that has caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

Back when Code Switch was just a zygote, we spent a day holed up in ...


Ex-Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, Racial Moderate In A Split South, Dies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Carl E. Sanders, who served as governor of Georgia from 1963 to 1967 and is credited with bringing about more racial integration to the state, died in Atlanta on Sunday. He was 89.

Sanders was considered to be a Southern moderate, and fought to create a "New South." His politics ...


The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This is the second half of a look at the history and motivations behind the Asian blepharoplasty, popularly known as "double-eyelid surgery." On Monday, we dug into its background and some of its history. Today, we'll explore the "why."

A lot of assumptions are made about why people undergo ...


Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Half of people of Asian descent have double eyelids — folds above the lash line — and the other half don't. There's a controversial surgery some people get to give themselves that crease.


Video Calls Out Catcallers, But Cuts Out White Men

Saturday, November 01, 2014

There's a video that's been circulating online since Tuesday, and it frames itself like this: a woman walks around New York City for 10 hours, with a camera secretly recording as she gets street-called 100 times by men.

The woman who does the walking is Shoshana Roberts. Most of the ...


A Timeline Of Sitcoms Featuring Families Of Color

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We've heard some of the same comments a lot about this fall's television lineup, which includes the shows Black-ish, Cristela, Selfie and Fresh Off the Boat: "Why is diversity all the rage now?" asked Robert Rorke of the New York Post. And Esther Breger called this season the ...


Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Across many stage and screen adaptations of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan over the past century — such as Walt Disney's Peter Pan and Hook — the portrayal of the story's Native American characters has been an ongoing point of contention.

Last week, it was announced that Alanna Saunders will play ...


Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.


Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In February, a state-run media outlet in China mocked Gary Locke, who was signing off as U.S. ambassador to that country. "Gary Locke is a U.S.-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana — 'yellow skin and white heart' — became an advantage for Obama's foreign policy,' " the editorial ...


How Are Different Asian-American Groups Faring Economically?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The United States Department of Labor recently published a report with a detailed breakdown of the different economic outcomes that various Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced.

As a group, the report points out, "AAPI workers have had more favorable economic outcomes than workers in any other racial group." ...


How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas' 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.


An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amid the flurry of coverage about Michael Brown's death and the reaction in Ferguson, Mo., journalists have been unpacking St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest. In some of these stories, the parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks are striking.



While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows

Friday, August 15, 2014

Over the past few months, there's been a lot of coverage of the paucity of Latino depictions on American movie and television screens, particularly given that Latino audiences are disproportionately driving box-office ticket revenues. The Wrap recently completed a four-part series on the subject.

If you want to ...


Roundtable: The Past And Present Of 'Yellowface'

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Every few months, there's a renewed discussion about "yellowface" — when people wear makeup or clothes in an attempt to look more Asian. In just the past year, the subject has come up in conversations about How I Met Your Mother, The Mikado, Magic in the Moonlight and a ...


Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Friday, August 01, 2014

Images, GIFs and emojis — particularly the latter — have morphed into ways we express our feelings. They've quickly replaced words and sentences in our texts, tweets and emails.

So, what is this emoji? (As I'm writing this, it's consistently been the 25th most-tweeted emoji, according to the


How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians

Monday, July 14, 2014

When Kwok-Ming Cheng went to a Whole Foods in New York City to pick up some pre-ordered sandwiches over the Fourth of July weekend, he wasn't expecting to get tapped with a new nickname.

"Are you Ching Chong?"

That's the question Cheng said he heard from a customer service representative ...