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    To some Americans, there was no possible way I could naturally be the daughter of this white American; I had to be from someplace else.
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    There’s a lot of ‘ancestor tourism’: and people will go back to Ireland to touch ground and have a pint in the same place where their forefathers once did whatever their forefathers did, and there’s a real strong idea that we connect to the place once we get there.
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    But then I realized, I think maybe we’re too preoccupied with the past and too preoccupied with the idea that nationalism and sense of identity belongs to the soil, to the land, and isn’t somehow within ourselves and among each other.
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    The biggest reveal was that a lot of these DNA test companies, they’re commercial enterprises, right? So they basically purchase or acquire DNA samples based on market demand.
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    My mother grew up during the sunset of British colonialism and attended English schools, where she was not allowed to be called Tin Swe Thant, but was instead required to have a Western ‘school name.’
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    When my mother finally arrived in America in the late 1960s, she attended Swarthmore College and majored in political science.
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    A generation has witnessed the fight for racial justice from the front lines: Asian Americans have been paying attention, and they are ready to put up a fight.
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    When I had my first son, in 2017, we decided to give him a Burmese middle name. I picked Mindon, after the penultimate king of Burma. It sounded strong and regal, and it wasnt too difficult for a Western speaker.
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    Fox Newss unique blend of xenophobia and division has always been popular and highly lucrative.
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    Politics remind us of the big divide between different parts of the country, but also that we all have to run this ship together. Were all married to one another and there is no divorce happening.
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    Today I was trying to eat a beignet on camera. You cant do that. You cant even eat a beignet on a date, let alone in front of an audience of a million people. I still havent learned my lesson.
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    Whether were eating tacos at a roadside stand outside of Houston, or having barbecue somewhere down south, or beautiful fried eggs in New York City, theyre regional specialties that remind us of the history of this country, and the bounty it has to offer.
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    Politicians dont expect the argument of the day to infiltrate restaurants, but of course they do, because were all human beings.
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    Burma – and let me be clear, it’s also known as Myanmar – and the reason a lot of Burmese and Burmese exiles call it Burma: It’s a form of political resistance to the ruling military junta.
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    My grandmother would talk about having bananas at teatime and carrying palm fronds when the monsoon rains came, and I accepted all of those stories because they were like poetry.
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    When we think of community, we think of some sort of nebulous, faraway group of people rather than the men and the women who touch our daily lives.
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    My goal is to show the intermingling between politics and pop culture.
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    The higher you climb in the media, the issue is being good to other women. I’ve been fortunate to have a few really talented, strong female bosses who’ve encouraged me along the way. I’ve also been around women who haven’t been particularly supportive.
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    In DC, it’s really edgy to listen to Kanye West or Jay-Z, and it’s a thing to know who Azzedine Alaia is – you know what I mean? But I do care about issues, and I was really political in high school, always marching.
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    It’s not fun telling people they have to turn their stories in. But you can’t actually have a creative work environment if there are no rules and there’s no structure.
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    I don’t know what other people think about me being the boss, but I really like a collaborative work environment, and I don’t have a problem being at the head of that.
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    I think that people who find themselves at executive level positions or get really successful forget that there is nothing they have done that wasn’t the result of a lot of other peoples hard work.
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    Magazines can be kind of brutal, and independent magazines especially are really hard, and it takes work for it to feel like its actually a functioning place.
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    That’s sort of part of the American ethic – is not to worry too much about the past and that it shouldn’t define us. And most certainly, that was the case with my mother, who was an immigrant to America.
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    My father’s family didn’t really know much about our ancestry. I mean, they had the story that I think a lot of white Americans have, which is, well, we came from Europe. And we arrived here.
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    I had – in my early 20s and late teens, I had adopted this idea that I was the future face. And that was in large part due to this Time Magazine cover from 1993 that proclaimed the future face of America.
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    I wanted to know who my people were. And I – I think like a lot of Americans – thought that I could find those people in the past. I could find this mythic tribe of elders who would ground me in a story that was irrefutable, undeniable, that was unique and my own, and it would satisfy all my cravings.
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    There are videos I used to take at home, pretending to be a newscaster, interviewing the teapot or my house cat.
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    Sometimes a young person is so intent on proving themselves that they don’t actually listen to people who know things.
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    My career has definitely zigzagged, and that is euphemistic.
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    The general trend in television is to be more transparent, and that is especially true for women: to not pretend that we wake up with our hair in perfect shellacked bobs.
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    Almost no one I came across said they were going to vote because someone, anyone, but especially Joe Biden, had made their heart sing.
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    There has always been a thawing-out-of-something-frozen quality to a potential Joe Biden candidacy, an understanding that the man himself might be out of step with these times, but that anachronism might serve him – and the Democratic Party -well.
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    What is nearly certain is that Donald Trump did not consider himself a feminist in the way-back 80s, nor was he making these hiring decisions, particularly, to shatter any glass ceilings.
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    We hear stories from our parents and our grandparents about what life was like in the old country or wherever they came from. They are biblical. They are truth. There could be no alternate history.
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    My father grew up in a Norman Rockwell postcard. His mother was a stay-at-home mom, his father was a rural mailman, they had six kids.
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    The other piece about tracing your ancestry is it makes you slightly more empathetic about what happens today. As we seem to have lost a certain sense of humanity for and among each other.
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    I am more forgiving because I realize that all of our family histories – definitely mine – its populated with thieves and liars and incompetent people who werent bad people and who Im not ashamed of, but who are my family.
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    It’s amazing how many different dresses you need for television. When I first started, it was a really steep curve to get to the point where I felt like I finally had enough clothes.
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    You have to have at least some kind of baseline coverage under the studio lights. It’s not like normal makeup; it’s like walking around with a wet coat of paint on your face.
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    In my off hours, I’m definitely not a product-driven person. I’ve always thought less was more.
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    I have a cat that I’m obsessed with. His name is Rooster and he’s an orange Bengal. He is one of America’s great cats. We found Rooster at a rescue organization, and within minutes it was obvious – that’s our cat.
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    Uber has changed the world – and my NYC life! Its easy, quick and – if youre not caught in a snowstorm pretty reasonable.
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    As a former music magazine editor, I still pine for the days when I used to know about all the best jams and new bands.
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    I read the ‘New York Times’ every day and I would do that even if I didn’t need to do it for my job!
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    Network reporters dont go to the field anymore. The local news has been gutted.
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    Census data is used to determine more than $675 billion in federal funding; it is a demographic Rosetta Stone that is referenced in the drawing of congressional districts, each states number of Electoral College votes and the application of civil rights laws, including the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act.
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    To be white in President Trumps America is to fundamentally belong.
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    Undocumented residents and even green-card holders may fear that filling out the census could put them at risk of deportation and decide its better not to be counted at all.
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    To be counted in the census is to be both seen and supported.
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    Humor borne out of cruelty happens to be the easiest and therefore lowest form of comedy: It is cheap stuff and it does not elevate the candidate, nor make him a more fundamentally sympathetic character.
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    This would seem to be a truism in contemporary American politics: The electorate opts for serious leaders, but almost always men who are able to poke fun at themselves – and the gravitas of their position.
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    Nobody has proved quite as adept as laughing at himself as former President George W. Bush, who willingly conceded to being a class clown, even as a candidate in 1999.
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    Granted, a lot has been made of Hillary Clintons sense of humor – her laugh is shrill, too many of her jokes have seemed too prepared for far too long.
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    Like nearly every other electoral subgroup in U.S. polling, ‘Asian’ is a label that masks the diversity among its peoples-perhaps even more than ‘Hispanic’ belies the significant variances between the cultures designated as such.
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    Few politicians and analysts understand the very real fault lines among Asian sub-groups: Some Asians have done very well for themselves. A lot of them have not.
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    On some of the key issues where Asians struggle alongside other minorities, as far as the media and the American public are concerned, Asians remain unseen.
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    Even more troubling, not only are Asians largely unseen at the front line of the immigration debate, they are not using the resources available to help them manage their undocumented status.
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    In this way, there is a strange alchemy to modern campaigning: a candidate must highlight the urgency of the choice facing voters and suggest the possibility – but not probability – of defeat.
    -Alex Wagner

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