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Asian American podcasts

January 9, 2009

Here are some Asian American podcasts that you might want to check out. They touch upon a range of subjects like the Model Minority meme, the racial cleansing of Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest, and the gender division in the Asian American community:

An excerpt from an Addicted to Race’s interview with Rosalind Chou. A description of the interview from ATR’s website:

“Why are Asian-Americans seen as a model minority, and why is it problematic to be associated with a so-called “positive” stereotype? How does the type of racial discrimination and prejudice faced by Asian-Americans compare or contrast with that of other people of color? What are the real-world impacts of racism on Asian-Americans, ranging from mental health to romantic relationships? Rosalind S. Chou is co-author of The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism.”

Another Addicted To Race interview excerpt, this time with academic Jean Pfaelzer.  A description of the interview:

“What’s the forgotten story of ethnic cleansing of the first Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest? How did the Chinese fight back against these racist acts of violence? And what lessons can we learn that apply to today’s debates on immigration? Jean Pfaelzer is author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans.”

Finally, a bigWOWO teleconference “The Asian Man/Woman Thing” concerning the Asian American gender division and related issues like interracial dating disparities. The teleconference, which yours truly participated in, is somewhat rough in quality, but it does have some insightful points in it.  This teleconference is just in a series of podcasts that bigWOWO and its owner, Byron Wong, have done and will do in the future.

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