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.
FRANK H. WU is the Dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. From 1995 to 2004, Wu served on the law faculty of Howard University, and he is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. Read more about him at his website.
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.
MICHAEL KANG is a first-time Korean American director. A former resident of the MacDowell Colony, he has won grants and awards for both his screenwriting and directing. He studied playwriting at NYU and worked as a second unit director for Wayne Wang’s 2005 film Because of Winn-Dixie.
JEFFREY CHYAU was born in New York City in 1991. His commercial credits include IBM and the NBA, and he has been seen in numerous television shows, including Blue’s Clues. He currently attends the Bronx High School of Science, where he is a member of the swim team.
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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