Kat Chow

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2014: The Year We Weren't Shocked That People Of Color Watch Films?

Friday, January 03, 2014

One of the stories of 2013 was that every time a movie with people of color in prominent roles got giant ratings, people were shocked. You could almost set your watch to this phenomenon, which Linda Holmes once memorably described as "fluke-ifying."

When the Spanish-language movie Instructions Not ...


MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend show, apologized on Tuesday for comments she and her panelists recently made. On Sunday, Harris-Perry had her guests — a group of comedians — caption a photo of Mitt Romney's family, which included Romney's adopted grandchild.

"And of course, there on ...


Make It So: Sir Patrick Stewart Moos In Udder Accents

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cow-d it really be? Have our ears herd this correctly? (Sorry, I can't help myself.)

Patrick Stewart — ahem, Sir Patrick Stewart — mooed up a storm on the podcast How To Do Everything, impersonating cows from various regions. You might even say Stewart was code-switching.

A listener ...

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Screening Room: Who Might Be The Next Black Actress On 'SNL'?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Word has hit the Internet streets that Saturday Night Live recently hosted special — some folks are saying "secret!" — auditions for black women to add to its cast.

Things are moving fast: Bill Carter of The New York Times reports that Lorne Michaels, SNL creator and executive producer, said ...


Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor'

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Telemundo recently announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for a second season; production began this week in Mexico City. This resurrection sets it apart from almost every other telenovela because, unlike American soap operas, telenovelas have a clear beginning and ...


Sriracha Maker Has A Saucy Response To Judge's Ruling

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

"No tear gas made here." That's the battle cry emblazoned on a banner outside the factory of Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale, Calif. Last week, a judge ordered the maker of the popular hot sauce Sriracha to halt any work that produces irritating fumes. Neighbors had previously complained to ...


Odds Favor White Men, Asian Women On Dating App

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Researchers recently took data from the Facebook app Are You Interested and found that not only is race a factor in our online dating interests, but particular races get disproportionately high — and low — amounts of interest.

Of the 2.4 million heterosexual interactions researchers reviewed, the findings show:



Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am'

Monday, November 04, 2013

Catherine Chung went from mathematics to writing, though she says words were always her first love. She was named one of Granta's New Voices in 2010, and her first novel, Forgotten Country, received honorable mention for a PEN/Hemingway Award last year.

In Forgotten Country, Chung writes of a family with ...


Halloween And Blackface: Same Story, Different Year

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween is — uh, how do you say? — high season for writing about race and culture. The list of celebrities, stores and college freshmen sporting racist costumes — plus the inevitable backlash — means these stories practically write themselves.

Given the yearly onslaught of racist Halloween costumes, ...


Back To School, Back To Being The 'Only' One

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In August, we asked folks to share stories from moments when they've been the odd person out, the only one of their kind. We wanted to hear the uproariously funny and poignant stories that stuck in people's memories. And many of the memories that were shared came from the classroom. ...


The Wondrous, Melancholy Worlds Of Hayao Miyazaki

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The revered Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, 72, announced this weekend at the Venice Film Festival that he's retiring from making full-length feature films. (He previously went into "semi-retirement" after directing Princess Mononoke in 1997.)

Hearing the news reminded me that My Neighbor Totoro (1988) was the very first film I ...


One Historic March, Countless Striking Moments

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We started our historical Twitter account, @TodayIn1963, in June with the idea that we wanted to bring this monumental summer back to life with a modern take.

NPR librarian JoElla Stralley, Code Switch's Matt Thompson and I combed through primary sources and archived newspaper articles to replicate the ...


Research Says: Actually, Where You Go To College Matters

Friday, August 02, 2013

There are lots of questions for high school grads: Should you go for an associate degree or a bachelor's? A community college or a four-year university? Does it really matter where you go? If we're comparing top-tier schools with open-access ones, then yes. It matters a whole lot, and it ...


Your More/Less Ethnic-Sounding Name

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Earlier this week, the Code Switch team got a note from a publicist named Hector Andres Silva who said he had some news to share.

Silva was ditching his nickname, "Andy," which he'd been using for two decades. Silva grew up in South America (his parents are Mexican and Colombian) ...


Do Racing Snails Drive Racial Stereotypes In 'Turbo'?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

After seeing the animated movie Turbo, Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates and Kat Chow reflect on the movie's attempt at showing diversity.

DreamWorks Animation's movie, Turbo, hit theaters earlier this week. Touted for its multicultural cast, the movie follows a young garden snail named Theo, who dreams of ...


Dueling Stereotypes: Bad Asian Drivers, Good At Everything

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's a predictable pattern: Tragedy strikes, and the volume of racism gets loud on the Internet. After Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed in San Francisco last weekend, leaving two dead and many others injured, some folks thought it was appropriate to resurrect the dated trope that Asians are bad drivers. ...


Experience The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement In Song

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

NPR Music has launched a stream of songs inspired by the civil rights movement, sending the pulse of an era back into our everyday.

All summer long, we've been unearthing the legacy of that time 50 years ago: Michele Norris looked at a daughter's struggle to overcome ...


For Black Americans, An Even Split In Financial Perceptions

Thursday, June 20, 2013

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health recently polled 1,081 African-Americans about their lives. One of the areas respondents were asked about was their perceptions of their financial status.

As Code Switch's Gene Demby reported in an earlier post, the effects ...


@TodayIn1963 Captures Moments From A Historic Summer

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You might notice a bit of history peppered throughout your Twitter feed over the next few months.

The summer of 1963 was a pivotal one in U.S. history, and we'll be replaying events from all throughout that summer on our Twitter account @TodayIn1963. Inspired by historical Twitter accounts such ...


Haters Gonna Hate, As Shown On A Map

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Note: This post contains strong language, including racial and ethnic slurs.

Geography professor Monica Stephens has spent a lot of time putting haters on the map. Over at Humboldt State University in California where she is a professor, Stephens and a team of undergraduate students spent a year ...