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The year is 2015. The crowd of boys wait for their Kung Fu teacher, whom they don’t suspect is a woman. The classroom desks are pushed to the side, and the door is open for the teacher’s assistant, who walks in with a girl about five-years-old by his side. “Are you sure about this?” he asks. She nods affirmative. “You can just try it,” he says, seeing her hesitation. “If you don’t like it, you can always go back to dance.” At the Asian American Coalition for Education at Benjamin A. Cardozo High School, boys and girls from Kindergarten to the eighth grade are separated by gender into kung fu and dance. Martial arts require flexibility. The boys may hate holding the horse stance, each crouching and plying all the weight of his body onto his knees, but they seem to hate the pu bu stance more, sinking to one…

Dear non-Asians of America, So kale. It’s kind of…bitter and unappealing, right? But it’s healthy? And it has a cute name? Kale. Like, I dunno. Gayle, like Jerry’s wife from Parks and Rec. Kale is leafy and green—and let’s face it, green things like smoothies are SO in right now…for hipsters. I mean, it lowers your cholesterol, detoxes your body and lowers the risk of cancer. And you’re going to need to fight a lot of cancer risks after hearing that thing about processed meat. I’m not going to stop eating Korean barbecue, though. Oops, don’t turn that into another trend, please. Should I not mention that the meat is freshly grilled and eaten wrapped in lettuce leaves? (But for the record, your Naked Green Machine juice has, like, 23 grams of sugar. That’s fucking terrifying.) Well, look no further! We found a better tasting solution that, according to Grub…

As a former Disney Cast Member, I have been forced to do everything in the “Happiest Place on Earth” (sarcasm intended). Using the “Disney Point,” a habit of pointing with two fingers instead of one, working until midnight only to have another shift nine hours later and forcing a smile when a disgruntled mother screamed about our slow service during Star Wars Weekend is just some of the fun. The magic dies after you get sick of the same maddeningly soft soundtrack playing on the streets of Hollywood Studios every day, and when the umpteenth guest asks you about the ride in the “Chinese Theater,” an exact replica of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater seen from the entrance of the park. The magic is a downright distant memory by the time a guest calls the theater “Mulan’s Castle” and you sit there, a Chinese American, discussing orientalism with an International College…

The long-anticipated 7 train extension was opened Sunday, September 13, to a crowd at the new end of the station at West 34th Street by the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Residents from the other end in Flushing, posed for photographs at the turnstiles. Those at the Javits Center milled towards the entrance, which featured tiled ceiling art, to ride the rails while they were still clean. Men in baseball caps sat at the foot of the escalators with tripods and cameras. All of them were ready to ride the line connecting Flushing to Times Square and now for the first time, the West Side. Tyrone Inniss, 59 Originally from Boston, has lived in Manhattan for 25 years and helped out at the New York City Marathon as a worker at the Javits Center for 20. He knows marathon runners who have been coming as long as he has been in…

Save for an appearance Wednesday night to lecture on access to water and energy, Stony Brook professor Richard E. Leakey has been quiet about being the subject of Angelina Jolie’s new film, the biopic aptly named “Africa.” Perhaps he wants the movie to speak for itself. Perhaps he wants it to speak for him. For a man who, at the age of 30, had already been featured on the cover of TIME magazine, it has been a lifetime of working for his homeland Kenya and fighting the ivory trade. His finest hour may have been in 1989, when at the side of his president Daniel arap Moi, he set 12 tons of elephant tusks ablaze to serve a message to the world: To destroy one of the most iconic animals in the world, as his longtime friend Lawrence B. Martin, Ph.D. put it, for expendable objects like piano keys and…