Shows: October 24, 2006

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The Motel
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APF was pre-empted this week. But get your weekly dose here! Encore presentations of three stories that are back in the news...

Affirmative Action on the Ballot: Does It Hurt Asian Americans?

Remember the historic Supreme Court cases of 2003 that preserved affirmative action in Michigan—and by extension, throughout the country? Well, in two weeks, opponents of affirmative action will try to win at the polls what they couldn’t win in the courts—they’ve put an amendment to Michigan’s constitution on the ballot that will outlaw affirmative action in all state agencies, including universities. So where do Asian Americans fit in this picture? Join us as we talk to Frank Wu, dean of the law school at Wayne State University in Detroit, as he discusses the argument that Asians are hurt by affirmative action and where Asian Americans have stood on the issue.

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The Motel: An Asian American Comedy

The Motel is the story of a chubby, 13-year old boy named Ernest Chin, who lives with his Chinese American family somewhere in suburbia. The Chins run an hourly-rate motel, a sexually charged environment where Ernest has to go through puberty. Lucky for him--or is it unlucky?--Ernest forms a friendship with Sam Kim, a flashy motel guest who tries to show Ernest the way toward manhood. There will be a free screening of the film next week. Listen to director MICHAEL KANG and JEFFREY CHYAU, the actor who plays Ernest, as they talk to APF.

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Teabag: Its Third Birthday

Teabag, New York Chinatown’s freewheeling performance space, will celebrate its third birthday this Friday. For the past few years Teabag has attracted a range of musicians, comedians, and other artists to the basement of a snack bar on Mott Street. Originally founded as a weekly open-mic showcase for Asian American performers, the series has morphed into an array of showcases, from poet’s lounge to battle of the bands throwdowns. Listen to a vintage report: APF member Leyla Mei’s entertaining, in-the-basement soundscape from the first year of the performance space.

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This program is brought to you by Andrew Hsiao and Leyla Mei of the APF collective.

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