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This edition: October 2018

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 4, 2018.

First aired: October 2, 2018.

When New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio proposed a new plan last June to change the admissions process of the city’s elite specialized high schools, it kicked off a new round of controversy, especially amongst the Asian American communities. Correspondent Kyung Yoon provides an in-depth look at the racial politics of these entrance exams.

Harvard is one of the hardest universities to get into. Out of 40,000 applicants, only 1,600 are admitted. While 6 percent of the U.S. population is Asian American, they only make up only 22 percent of Harvard’s class of 2021. One organization says Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans - and it’s raised a very divisive question on the admission processing and affirmative action. Correspondent Rayner Ramirez provides an in-depth report on controversial race-based admissions.

Traditionally rock climbing has always been considered a male dominated sport with very few minorities — but the recent trend has shifted where more minorities particularly Asian Americans are excelling in this field. One Asian American woman has made it her mission to encourage others to scale new heights. Correspondent Minnie Roh meets with Shelma Jun, the founder of Flash Foxy which inspires women rock climbers and adventurers.

Celebrity TV Chef, author and restauranteur Dale Talde appeared on Bravo’s popular show “Top Chef” in 2008 and 2010, and became known as the “bad boy” angry Asian guy. Since then, he’s opened up multiple restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. He’s known for serving an electric menu of Asian American dishes with a contemporary twist like pretzel pork and chives dumplings, or crispy oyster and bacon pad thai. He’s also the author of “Asian American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn". Host and correspondent Ernabel Demillo cooks up a storm with Chef Dale Talde, and learns his secret to success.

Guest List

Syed Ali Associate Professor of Sociology, Long Island University-Brooklyn

Shelma Jun Founder and Event Director, Flash Foxy

Marie Myung-Ok Lee Author and Professor, Columbia University

Cara McLellan Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Dale Talde Chef, Author and Restauranter

Jing-li Yu Attorney and Board Member, 80-20 National Asian American PAC

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