And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.
What It Means To Wear A Face Mask In America
“Face masks, to Asians, used to feel like a necessary nuisance, but also a small act of civic duty, public responsibility, and kindness to our neighbor. They are a signal that society is stronger when we consider the vulnerabilities of the strangers who surround us. But now, and here, they feel like a scarlet letter, a sudden swerve in meaning that’s been forced upon us. Without a cure or a vaccine, this kind of prejudice is its own type of disease. The stigma itself, rampant and quickly spreading, is dangerous all on its own.”
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From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about being Asian American — the joys, the complications and everything else in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato and Frank Shyong of The Times invite celebrity guests to share their personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. The first and second episodes will premiere on March 17, with new episodes dropping every Tuesday.
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Dragon Hoops Trailer
Here’s the trailer for Gene Luen Yang’s new graphic novel Dragon Hoops, a nonfiction work that follows the varsity basketball team at Bishop O’Dowd — the high school where Gene teaches — and their phenomenal winning season in pursuit of the state championship. The book hits shelves on March 17.
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