Shows: January 2, 2007

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KAPOW!: Asian American Comics Take Off

What’s Asian American about the Hulk? How about the X-Men? Well, the comic about the not-so-jolly green giant is now in the hands of Asian American indie-director-turned-comics-auteur Greg Pak, while the big-screen Hulk was directed by Asian American Ang Lee. Meanwhile, the latest iteration of the X-Men movies featured three Asian supercharacters. The protagonist of the new Pak-helmed comic Warlock is art student Janie Chin—an ordinary Asian American girl swept up in a tide of weird cosmic events. Asians are all over the comics world today, both as creators and characters, creating what culture critic JEFF YANG calls “a kind of Asian American super-renaissance”. We’ll talk to Yang about how this happened, what it all means, and why it’s worth caring about.

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American Born Chinese author Gene Yang

Asian American artists are also at the center of the resurgent indie comics scene, which received an unprecedented nod of acceptance this summer when GENE YANG’s graphic novel American Born Chinese became the first comic book ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. We’ll talk to Yang about his novel, the coming-of-age story of an Asian American kid running the adolescent gauntlet in the subtly racist suburbs—with a little help from the Monkey King, the raucous antihero of Chinese classical literature.

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Ellen Young--The New State Assembly Member Talks to APF

Plus, we’ll talk to the newly elected state assembly member ELLEN YOUNG, who will take her seat tomorrow as New York’s state government reconvenes under a new governor, Eliot Spitzer. Young is the first Asian American woman ever to be elected to state office in New York. She represents Flushing, and previously worked for City Council member John Liu, the first Asian American elected official in New York history.

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