Kat Chow http://tpr.org en How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians http://tpr.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 35018 at http://tpr.org How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy http://tpr.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 30836 at http://tpr.org Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos http://tpr.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 29487 at http://tpr.org Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White http://tpr.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 28776 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 28739 at http://tpr.org They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter' http://tpr.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 27151 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 26986 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 25244 at http://tpr.org Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art http://tpr.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 24551 at http://tpr.org Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson http://tpr.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 24363 at http://tpr.org MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson