Born to South Korean immigrants, Christine Lee has always been aware of her "otherness" as a child growing up in white America. From "strange" lunches brought to school to the disappointing launch of Margaret Cho's All-American Girl, Lee has been waiting for Asian-Americans' glimpse of inclusion in America's grand mosaic. It finally arrived when she watched--with her white boyfriend--ABC's novel Fresh Off the Boat, a weekly sitcom featuring a Chinese-American family and their everyday culture clash in Orlando, Florida. Alan talks with Christine about diversity, inclusion, and the function of storytelling.
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Alan Headbloom is an applied linguist who works with international professionals across a variety of industries.
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