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Beyond Black and White: Asian Americans Discuss Race, Politics, and Stereotyping

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America's Asian population is growing faster than any other racial group in the country. According to the White House, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will account for nearly ten percent of all U.S. residents by the year 2050. So why, then, don’t we hear more about them in our communities? 

This hour: Asians in the news, in politics, and in pop culture. We learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Asian Americans in Connecticut. We also talk to a journalist about the Asian stereotyping that goes on in schools, in workplaces -- and even in Hollywood.


  • Mui Mui Hin-McCormick - Executive Director of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission
  • Sonny Chen - Chinese-American, West Hartford resident, and owner of Black Bamboo
  • Quyen Truong - Vietnamese-American and Hartford resident
  • Jeff Yang - Featured contributor for CNN Opinion; author of several books, including I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action and Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence in American Culture, from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism

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Tucker Ives and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on May 17, 2016.

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