Shows: July 2, 2012

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Asian Americans and the Affordable Health Care Act

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the central piece of legislation of President Obama’s domestic agenda. As its provisions go into effect over the next few years, it will add millions of Americans to the rolls of the insured. But how will the law affect Asian Americans nationwide, particularly those who are low-income or currently lack insurance? Joining us to crunch the numbers will be Doreena Wong, Project Director of the Health Access Project at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).

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Still a Model Minority?

The Pew Research Center’s recent report on Asian Americans described the group as the best-educated, highest-paid, and happiest in the United States. While news outlets reporting its findings repeated tired “model minority” tropes that have been recurring since the 1960s, critics charged that the data obscures the diversity among Asian Americans and reinforces cultural stereotypes about the value of education and hard work. We’ll speak with Julianne Hing, a reporter and blogger for Colorlines.com, about the consequences of the Pew report, the methodology of its researchers, and whether it’s better to have no data at all on a community rather than misleading numbers.

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After SB 1070: Immigration under Obama

Last week the Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions in Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070. While many see the decision as a victory for both the immigrant rights movement and Obama, others are concerned that the racial profiling provision was upheld noting that the confusion is in part due to similarities between the Arizona law and current federal immigration policy. Tonight, Colorlines.com reporter, Seth Freed Wessler joins us in the studio to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and what it will mean for future efforts for immigration reform.

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