Kat Chow http://wcbe.org en How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians http://wcbe.org/post/how-ching-chong-became-go-slur-mocking-east-asians 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.<p>"Are you Ching Chong?"<p>That's the question Cheng said he heard from a customer service representative at the grocery store.<p>It's a slur I and many other Asian-American folks have heard at some point in our lives. But every time I hear it, I can't help but wonder, "How is this thing still around? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Kat Chow 59432 at http://wcbe.org How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy http://wcbe.org/post/ringleader-human-smuggling-ring-dies-leaving-complex-legacy 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.<p>The 65-year-old, whom some affectionately called "Sister Ping," leaves behind a complicated legacy. Authorities referred to her as the mother of all snakeheads, a term used to describe those involved with human smuggling. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Kat Chow 55143 at http://wcbe.org Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos http://wcbe.org/post/whos-boosting-box-office-numbers-report-says-latinos According to a <a href="http://www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-2013_032514-v2.pdf">recent report published by the Motion Picture Association of America</a>, Latinos went to the movies in 2013 way more often than other ethnic groups in the U.S. relative to their population<a href="http://www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-2013_032514-v2.pdf"></a>.<p>Last year, Latinos made up 17 percent of the population but accounted for 32 percent of frequent moviegoers (that is, folks who went to more than one movie a month). Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Kat Chow 53806 at http://wcbe.org Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White http://wcbe.org/post/when-vanilla-was-brown-and-how-we-came-see-it-white Say you know someone, maybe a friend of a friend, who's perfectly pleasant but just sort of lacks any sort of <em>oomph</em>. You don't want to be mean (because, <em>you</em>, unkind? <em>Never</em>), but if you had to describe that person in a really, really honest way, how would you do it?<p>Call the FOF boring? Bland? Dull?<p><em>Vanilla</em>?<p>We often use "vanilla" as shorthand for blandness. And <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2005/08/the_white_stuff.html">maybe the reasoning is easy enough</a>: Vanilla as a flavor is overused, and it's in so many things. Nilla Wafers. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Kat Chow 53152 at http://wcbe.org When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility http://wcbe.org/post/they-cast-whom-actor-choices-offend-every-racial-sensibility <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_at9dOElQk</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Kat Chow 53117 at http://wcbe.org They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter' http://wcbe.org/post/iconoclastic-musician-takes-measure-his-life-i-became-fighter 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."<p>Ho has always been matter-of-fact and in-your-face. He painted himself green and posed naked for the cover his album, <em>Celestial Green Monster</em>. In the photo, he has a baritone saxophone placed strategically between his legs. He looks strong — like the Hulk.<p>Ho is an accomplished jazz musician with 12 operas and several albums to his name. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:54:00 +0000 Kat Chow 51574 at http://wcbe.org Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter' Who's The Momma? Artist Gets Asians Young And Old To Swap Styles http://wcbe.org/post/whos-daddy-artist-gets-asians-young-and-old-swap-styles 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.<p>The artist, who goes by the name Qozop, is based in Asia. With his project "Spring-Autumn," Qozop wanted to explore the way clothing is a marker of cultures and age, reports <em>The Daily Mail</em>. Qozop says that even though Asia is becoming more and more Westernized, you can still distinguish generational divides and remnants of tradition in what people wear. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Kat Chow 51393 at http://wcbe.org Who's The Momma? Artist Gets Asians Young And Old To Swap Styles Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter http://wcbe.org/post/researchers-are-totes-studying-how-ppl-shorten-words-twitter Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <em>Mean Girls</em> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>These days, a lot of word clipping — like "awks" for "awkward" — happens on the social platforms where we congregate. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Kat Chow 49697 at http://wcbe.org Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art http://wcbe.org/post/comic-artist-yumi-sakugawa-friend-love-identity-and-art 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 <a href="http://www.yumisakugawa.com/">Yumi Sakugawa</a>, a California-based artist. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Kat Chow 49048 at http://wcbe.org Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson http://wcbe.org/post/msnbc-host-apologizes-comments-mitt-romneys-grandson Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend show, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-perry/apology-melissa-harris-perry" target="_blank">apologized on Tuesday</a> 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.<p>"And of course, there on Gov. Romney's knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney. Any captions for this one?" Harris-Perry asked her guests. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Kat Chow 48893 at http://wcbe.org MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963 http://wcbe.org/post/2013-winds-end-so-do-tweets-1963 As 2013 winds down, so does <a href="https://twitter.com/todayin1963">@Todayin1963</a>, Code Switch's historical Twitter account. Since June, I've been "live-tweeting" moments from 50 years ago as if they were happening today, picking slices of that year that might have made their ways into people's Twitter timelines had tweeting been a thing back then.<p>It's been an obsessive project, to say the least.<p>Some of the tweets situated in events — the desegregation of the University of Alabama, the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing, President John F. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Kat Chow 48883 at http://wcbe.org As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963 Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race http://wcbe.org/post/seeking-wonderful-young-adult-novels-deal-race <em>At Code Switch, we receive a whole bunch of emails and messages from readers and listeners. And many times, folks ask questions that get us buzzing during our editorial discussions.</em><p>One Code Switch reader sent us a note seeking book recommendations for a multiracial teen. The emailer described the teen as not very "bookish" but still a good reader.<p>What books do you recommend that feature race in a way that a teen would find compelling? Nothing preachy or earnest or heavy. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Kat Chow 48314 at http://wcbe.org Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race Screening Room: Who Might Be The Next Black Actress On 'SNL'? http://wcbe.org/post/screening-room-who-might-be-snls-next-black-actress <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVfqHPI4qOM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5QWnnjmNsk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2dedausdbo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFaOWjEi2s8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1IYH_MbJqA</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:58:00 +0000 Kat Chow 48054 at http://wcbe.org Screening Room: Who Might Be The Next Black Actress On 'SNL'? Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' http://wcbe.org/post/telemundos-highly-unusual-resurrection-el-se-or Telemundo recently announced that its <em>telenovela</em> <em>El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies)</em> will be back for a second season; production began this week in Mexico City. This resurrection sets it apart from almost every other <em>telenovela </em>because, unlike American soap operas, <em>telenovelas</em> have a clear beginning and a definitive ending, airing for a set number of episodes.<p><em>El Señor</em> is based on the true story of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a Mexican drug lord best-known for using Boeing 727 jets to transport cocaine from Colombia. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:07:00 +0000 Kat Chow 47551 at http://wcbe.org Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' Letters From Parents To Their Kids That'll Make You Smile (Or Cry) http://wcbe.org/post/letters-parents-their-kids-thatll-make-you-smile-or-cry This week, we've seen two stories with the theme of how tough parents and tough kids struggle to express their love for one another without, well, saying it aloud.<p>Many of us have lived these stories. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Kat Chow 46592 at http://wcbe.org A Windfall For A New Jersey Man And The Dominican Republic http://wcbe.org/post/windfall-new-jersey-man-and-dominican-republic Pedro Quezada, winner of a $338 million Powerball lottery prize in March 2013, is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for a greater share of the winnings. In the course of the legal proceedings, Quezada's lawyer made public an interesting tidbit: Quezada has sent a whopping $57 million to the Dominican Republic. It's a high-profile and big-ticket example of an everyday phenomenon where immigrants to the U.S. send a total of billions and billions of dollars back to their country of origin.<p>This type of donation — known as a "remittance" — is frequently given to help support relatives back home. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Kat Chow 46423 at http://wcbe.org A Windfall For A New Jersey Man And The Dominican Republic Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am' http://wcbe.org/post/author-catherine-chung-i-want-embrace-things-i-am Catherine Chung went from mathematics to writing, though she says words were always her first love. She was named one of <em>Granta</em>'s New Voices in 2010, and her first novel, <em>Forgotten Country</em>, received honorable mention for a PEN/Hemingway Award last year.<p>In <em>Forgotten Country</em>, Chung writes of a family with a curse that stretches back generations — from their time in Korea to their life in America. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:33:00 +0000 Kat Chow 45913 at http://wcbe.org Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am' Halloween And Blackface: Same Story, Different Year http://wcbe.org/post/halloween-and-blackface-same-story-different-year Halloween is — uh, how do you say? — high season for writing about race and culture. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Kat Chow 45717 at http://wcbe.org Halloween And Blackface: Same Story, Different Year Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants' http://wcbe.org/post/asian-american-band-fights-trademark-name-slants <a href="http://www.theslants.com/">The Slants</a>, a six-member band from Portland, Ore., calls their sound "Chinatown Dance Rock" — a little bit New Order, a little bit Depeche Mode. They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands. Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they've spoken at various Asian-American events, and they're proud of all of it.<p>But the Slants have been duking it out with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) over the past four years because of their name. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Kat Chow 45058 at http://wcbe.org Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants' A Photographer Turns Her Lens On Men Who Catcall http://wcbe.org/post/photographer-turns-her-lens-men-who-cat-call <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK4b-mfeDq0</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Kat Chow 44939 at http://wcbe.org A Photographer Turns Her Lens On Men Who Catcall