Race Ethnicity & Culture


Thu August 28, 2014
Code Switch

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:50 pm

Carl Douglas strikes a pose as he promotes his 1974 song, "Kung Fu Fighting."
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Thu August 21, 2014
Code Switch

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:24 pm

How should book sellers promote diverse content? Examine their biases, and get other folks to examine their biases, too.

This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

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Wed August 20, 2014
Code Switch

To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:30 pm

Author Junot Diaz says the publishing industry must have uncomfortable conversations about diversity. The alternative, he believes, is "utter, agonizing silence."
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Last spring, a group calling itself We Need Diverse Books launched a Twitter campaign to press for greater diversity in children's books. Writer Daniel José Older supports the campaign, but he doesn't think it goes far enough.

"We need diverse agents, we need editors, we need diverse book buyers, we need diverse illustrators, and we need diverse executives and CEOs at the top, too."

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Fri August 15, 2014

After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:33 am

Alex Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains graphic descriptions and offensive language.

Alex Landau, who is African-American, was adopted by a white couple as a child and grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.

Still, "we never talked about race growing up," Landau tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I just don't think that was ever a conversation."

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn't matter," Hathaway says. "I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

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Wed July 2, 2014
The Race Card Project

A Woman Wrestles With A Disturbing Family Memento

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:15 pm

Carol Zachary's grandfather, Herbert Fleming, a county auditor, was required to attend Montana's first legal triple-hanging in a barn in Meagher County, Mont., in 1917. Fleming was one of approximately 60 witnesses that day.
Courtesy of Carol Zachary

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris dips into those stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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