Kat Chow http://kenw.org en How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians http://kenw.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 44565 at http://kenw.org How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy http://kenw.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 41231 at http://kenw.org Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos http://kenw.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 40087 at http://kenw.org Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White http://kenw.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 39569 at http://kenw.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://kenw.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 39538 at http://kenw.org They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility