Kat Chow

Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team. In this role, Chow is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online, and blogging.

Prior to coming to NPR, Chow worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.

While a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Chow was a founding member of a newsmagazine television show and freelanced for the Seattle Weekly. She also interned with the Seattle Times and worked on NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her tweeting away for Code Switch at @NPRCodeSwitch, and sharing her thoughts at @katchow.

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11:13am

Wed November 13, 2013
Code Switch

A Windfall For A New Jersey Man And The Dominican Republic

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 3:50 pm

Pedro Quezada, the winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot, sent $57 million of his winnings to the Dominican Republic, according to his lawyer.
Julio Cortez AP

Pedro Quezada, winner of a $338 million Powerball lottery prize in March 2013, is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for a greater share of the winnings. In the course of the legal proceedings, Quezada's lawyer made public an interesting tidbit: Quezada has sent a whopping $57 million to the Dominican Republic. It's a high-profile and big-ticket example of an everyday phenomenon where immigrants to the U.S. send a total of billions and billions of dollars back to their country of origin.

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1:33pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Code Switch

Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am'

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:50 pm

Catherine Chung's first novel, Forgotten Country, was an honorable mention for a PEN/Hemingway Award.
Ayano Hisa Courtesy of Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung went from mathematics to writing, though she says words were always her first love. She was named one of Granta's New Voices in 2010, and her first novel, Forgotten Country, received honorable mention for a PEN/Hemingway Award last year.

In Forgotten Country, Chung writes of a family with a curse that stretches back generations — from their time in Korea to their life in America. Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, each generation of the family has lost a daughter.

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11:02am

Thu October 31, 2013
Code Switch

Halloween And Blackface: Same Story, Different Year

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 12:26 pm

Halloween: The day people think it's OK to dress in stereotypical garb.
adrigu Flickr

Halloween is — uh, how do you say? — high season for writing about race and culture. The list of celebrities, stores and college freshmen sporting racist costumes — plus the inevitable backlash — means these stories practically write themselves.

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5:14am

Sun October 20, 2013
Code Switch

Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:08 am

The Slants' band members are all of Asian descent.
Courtesy of The Slants

The Slants, a six-member band from Portland, Ore., calls their sound "Chinatown Dance Rock" — a little bit New Order, a little bit Depeche Mode. They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands. Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they've spoken at various Asian-American events, and they're proud of all of it.

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11:39am

Thu October 17, 2013
Code Switch

A Photographer Turns Her Lens On Men Who Catcall

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:20 pm

"Untitled."
Courtesy of Hannah Price

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