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Outside the Margins: A Weekly Link Roundup

The relationship of food and culture, an interview with Kevin Na, the poorly conceived #RaceTogether campaign, and more.

By AAWW Staff

Food plays a central role in all of our lives. Explore the history of Americanized Chinese food, the struggles of bringing Asian food to school lunch tables, and PR-disaster names and campaigns by restaurants and cafes. How did nightclub entertainers pave the way for Asian Americans in showbiz? What’s the cultural weight behind expat? All that and more in the Margins‘ weekly roundup.


Code Switch delves into how nightclub entertainers set the groundwork for Asian Americans in showbiz. —Code Switch

New Yorkers, make sure to check out Museum of Chinese in America’s upcoming exhibit featuring the art of Tyrus Wong. —MOCA

Chop Chop Chinaman, a Chicago restaurant, is drawing criticism for its offense name.Chicago Tribune

First We Feast gives a illustrated history lesson on the origins of Americanized Chinese cuisine. Now I’m craving some Panda Express. —First We Feast

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?The Guardian

Golfer Kevin Na talks cultural identity, outside pressures and golfing. —The Korea Times

Among many things, Fresh Off the Boat perfectly captures the dread Asian kids face when trying to fit in with their decidedly Asian food. Denise Chow explores her personal Lunchables experience. —Spoon University

Arthur Chu explores why Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign is just the latest failure in digital campaigns by big corporations. —Salon

Meanwhile, Jay Smooth shines some light on why #RaceTogether might not be the best idea. —Colorlines

Rapper Jason Chu debuts his latest music video on superheros and bullying featuring Hudson Yang! —YouTube


This week’s roundup was compiled by Alex Wen, an engineer-turned-writer interning at the AAWW. He still wants to solve the world’s puzzles, just with a pen instead of a wrench.