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Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The giant remittances economy — which consists of folks, mainly immigrants, sending money across borders — has been expanding for years. In 2014, the World Bank expects that people will send $436 billion in remittances to developing countries (despite more deportations of migrant workers). And by 2016, the World ...


Book News: Amazon Makes Direct Offer To Hachette Authors

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The intrigue continues in the publishing dispute between Amazon and Hachette Book Group. On Tuesday, the retailer wrote directly to a handful of Hachette authors, asking for thoughts on a proposal that would give 100 percent of ...


Why We Asked Experts To Annotate The Civil Rights Act

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

This Wednesday, we're commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with an app that lets you explore the legislation in detail. We encourage you to peruse the text of the landmark bill alongside comments from journalists, lawyers, authors and others on how it evolved, and what it means ...


Why Chipotle Is Accused Of Contributing To A Culture Of Invisibility

Saturday, May 24, 2014

You can find all the Mexican-ish food that your stomach desires at Chipotle. What you won't be able to find — on its cups, at least — is the work of Mexican-American writers.

Let me explain: Chipotle — the fast-casual chain that goes by "Chipotle Mexican Grill" — plans to ...


You'll Be Seeing More Asian-Americans On Network TV This Fall

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Back in the '90s, comedian Margaret Cho starred in a little-loved, short-lived sitcom called All-American Girl. It was the first and only network sitcom to feature an Asian-American family (a fictional Korean-American family, in fact). It was pretty bland, and to the chagrin of many critics, the characters were painted ...


Who's Waiting On Death Row?

Saturday, May 03, 2014

News of Tuesday's botched execution in Oklahoma got us thinking more generally about who is in prison and who is facing the death penalty.

Here are some figures that may surprise you:


"Black men were more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be ...


Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

For decades, Cheng Chui Ping smuggled thousands of people from China to the United States. She created a lucrative business and a robust network that brought immigrants through treacherous routes. Cheng died of cancer last Thursday in a Texas prison.

The 65-year-old, whom some affectionately called "Sister Ping," leaves behind ...


Fred Ho, Musician And Activist, Dies At 56

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fred Ho — composer, baritone saxophonist and activist — died at his Brooklyn home on Saturday at age 56. Throughout his career, Ho combined Asian melodies with big band jazz, though he never used the phrase "jazz." (He said the word originally denigrated the work of black musicians.)

He was ...


Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos

Friday, April 04, 2014

According to a recent report published by the Motion Picture Association of America, Latinos went to the movies in 2013 way more often than other ethnic groups in the U.S. relative to their population.

Last year, Latinos made up 17 percent of the population but accounted for 32 ...


When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Say you know someone, maybe a friend of a friend, who's perfectly pleasant but just sort of lacks any sort of oomph. You don't want to be mean (because, you, unkind? Never), but if you had to describe that person in a really, really honest way, how would you do ...


They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility

Saturday, March 22, 2014

No matter how you feel about ethnicity and casting — and how ethnicity or race should relate to casting — there's probably something in the news lately that's going to make you upset. Folks have strong opinions about how the race of actors should or shouldn't relate to the characters ...


Digging For Gold: Study Says Your Race Determines Your Earwax Scent

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm not sure what type of situation would lead you to compare your earwax with anybody else's earwax. (Because, gross.) But researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that the smell of ear gold varies by race. The volatile organic compounds in earwax — call it cerumen, ...


Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter'

Saturday, February 22, 2014

When I first walked through the door of Fred Ho's apartment in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, I asked, "How are you?" And he said, "Not good. I'm dying."

Ho has always been matter-of-fact and in-your-face. He painted himself green and posed naked for the cover his album, Celestial Green ...


Who's The Momma? Artist Gets Asians Young And Old To Swap Styles

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ever wear your parents' or grandparents' old clothes or have them wear yours? A photographer asked individuals to swap garb with their relatives who are from a different generation.

The artist, who goes by the name Qozop, is based in Asia. With his project "Spring-Autumn," Qozop wanted to explore the ...


What We Learned From Our Month-Long Exploration Of #XCultureLove

Friday, February 14, 2014

Someone in Southern California seems to have a real issue with Asian-American women. Their main sticking point? Relationships between Asian-American women and white men.

Last week, Asian American student groups at the University of California — Los Angeles and the University of Southern California were mailed fliers blasting Asian ...


Why It's Hard To Talk About Attraction In Race And Culture

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A few years ago, a woman named Elaine Dove tried an experiment on Craigslist. She created three ads, each with a different treatment of her racial and cultural background:

"The first described me accurately: gothic, Asian-American, alternative, artistic, inquisitive, intelligent, adventurous. The second made no mention of my ...


Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Friday, January 17, 2014

Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in Mean Girls when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?

These days, a lot of word clipping — like "awks" for "awkward" ...


Twitter Recap: A Chat On Interracial And Cross-Cultural Romance

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What questions do you have about interracial and cross-cultural romance?

That's one of the first things we asked participants on Wednesday in our first #xculturelove chat, which is part of our month-long exploration of interracial and cross-culture romance. We're using #xculturelove to anchor our discussions. (Code Switch's Matt Thompson


What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.

"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge ...


Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art

Saturday, January 04, 2014

About a month ago, I asked my followers on Twitter if they had any recommendations for a comic artist whose work I should check out. Person after person brought up Yumi Sakugawa, a California-based artist. And I was familiar with her work: she's the brains behind the ever-nostalgic strip, ...