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April 4, 2013

Culture comedy: Eliot Chang presents stand-up comedy, discussion on 'Asians in the Media'

MANKATO — Comedian Eliot Chang — a frequent guest of TV shows such as “Comedy Central,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” and Showtime’s “Minority Report” — will perform a free show at 7 p.m. today at Minnesota State University.

The event will be held in MSU’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Following Chang’s stand-up act, he will lead an educational discussion on “Asians in the Media.”

The event is sponsored by the IMPACT Programming Board and Asian Pacific Student Organization.

Chang studied improv in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade and then with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater. He continued his acting training in Los Angeles with Lesly Kahn.

Every year Eliot tours America for 8 months and has performed at more than 400 colleges.

From Chang’s publicity materials:

Chang’s sharp biting opinions combined with his trademark polished wardrobe make his live performances memorable. Chang’s outrageous comedy warms up the crowd and opens them up to talking about diversity after the show. This allows people of different backgrounds to discuss cultural issues in a comfortable atmosphere.

Chang’s lecture on Asians in the media has been consistently ranked as one of the best diversity events in the country, because he talks directly about the issues and offers solutions. As an entertainer, he knows how to keep the audience captivated. Here are a few of Chang’s many topics (all topics will be covered):

- How the media portrays Asians in America;

- Analysis of Asian characters from 1920-2012;

- How Asian women are treated by the media;

- Why Asian hate crimes receive little attention;

- How student clubs can raise involvement;

- How students can make a real change;

- U.S. Japanese internment camps in the 1940s;

- Intra-racism: Asians hating Asians;

- The importance of language and culture;

- And, the “wannabe” syndrome: Asians denying heritage.

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