ATR 76 – Apu from The Simpsons – 07/24/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983

Carmen and Manish Viij discuss the way 7-Eleven is turning some of its stores into real-life Kwik-E Marts to promote the new Simpsons movie. In order to do this, however, they have also taken the very stereotypical Indian-American character Apu and brought him into the real world.

Manish Viij co-founded two widely-read South Asian American blogs for arts and politics, Ultrabrown and Sepia Mutiny. He also wrote for on one of the earliest South Asian American ‘zines, Hum (Us). Vij’s work has been published in Salon, a large Guardian (UK) blog and Time Out Mumbai. He’s working on a debut literary novel about Brooklyn and Bombay. Vij’s day job is as a software entrepreneur, and he’s a graduate of UC Berkeley.

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ATR 75 – Racism in Multicultural Marketing – 07/17/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983

Carmen interviews Laura Martinez about multicultural marketing and the ways in which it can reinforce essentialist notions about racial or ethnic groups. This episode features the song “Something Different” by Z-trip, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment.

Laura Martinez is a New York City-based bilingual writer and editor specialized in marketing and advertising. Since leaving her post as editor in chief and founder of Marketing y Medios magazine, she set up her own company offering professional editing, translating and writing services for companies seeking to tap into the U.S. Hispanic market. She blogs at Mi blog es tu blog.

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ATR 74 – Help! I’m turning into a racist! – 07/10/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Kai Chang in this episode. Kai is a technology entrepreneur and progressive activist living and working in southwestern Connecticut and New York City. Kai was born in Buffalo, New York, grew up in Montreal, Canada, and Los Angeles, California, and attended college in San Diego, Hong Kong, and the Szechuan Province of China. He has worked as a professional software developer for the past 15 years. Kai blogs about politics and culture at www.zuky.net.

On this episode, Kai and Carmen discuss the idea that a few bad experiences can magically transform you into a racist. The discussion was inspired by the following articles and blog posts:

This episode features music by Boz Faramone, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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ATR 73 – Celebrity Adoptions – 07/03/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983

Carmen and Jae Ran discuss celebrity adoptions and the book Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. This episode features the song “Spit It Clearly” by Dilated Peoples, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Jae Ran Kim in this episode. Jae Ran is a writer, teacher and social worker. She was born in 1968 in South Korea and was adopted to Minnesota in 1971. Her most recent essay can be found in the new anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. She blogs at Harlow’s Monkey and is a columnist for the New Demographic blog Anti-Racist Parent.

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