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This edition: September 2014

Episode Details

Original tape date: August 15, 2014.

First aired: September 5, 2014.

Asian Americans breaking through the “bamboo ceiling” at universities, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, diversity in children’s books and one of the toughest spelling bees in the US. All part of this month’s Asian American Life!

Our new correspondent Minnie Roh speaks with several Asian American university presidents who are breaking through to reach top leadership positions in education. The view from the top: that more progress can be made in higher education.

Winning the Pulitzer Prize for poetry has thrust Vijay Seshadri into the international spotlight. It’s also revisits issues of identity that have always been central to the writings of the South Asian poet and professor. Reporter Paul Lin meets with Vijay at his home in Brooklyn.

Our host Ernabel Demillo takes us to a South Asian Spelling Bee, and also investigates the lack of diversity in children’s literature. She speaks with award-winning authors including Grace Lin and Matt de la Pena who have united in a campaign called “We Need Diverse Books.”

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Guest List

Dr. Gabriel Esteban President, Seton Hall University

Dr. Bobby Fong President, Ursinus College

I.W. Gregorio Vice President of Development, #We Need Diverse Books

Jane Hyun President, Hyun & Associates

Grace Lin Author

Jason Low Publisher, Lee & Low Books

Aisha Saeed Vice President of Strategy, #We Need Diverse Books

Prof. Vijay Seshadri Professor, Sarah Lawrence College

Dr. Shalini Shankar Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Rahul Walia Founder, South Asian Spelling Bee

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