Hansi Lo Wang

Hansi Lo Wang is a National Desk reporter based at NPR's New York Bureau. He covers issues and events in the Northeast.

He previously reported on race, ethnicity and culture for NPR's Code Switch team. Since joining NPR in 2010 as a Kroc Fellow, he's contributed to NPR's breaking news coverage of the 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla., the trial of George Zimmerman in Florida and the Washington Navy Yard shooting. He has also reported for Seattle public radio station KUOW and worked behind the scenes of NPR's Weekend Edition as a production assistant.

In 2014, he won the National Journalism Award for General Excellence in Radio from the Asian American Journalists Association for his profile of a white member of a Boston Chinatown gang. He was also a finalist for a Salute to Excellence National Media Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

A Philadelphia native, Wang speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of Chinese. As a student at Swarthmore College, he hosted, produced, and reported for a weekly podcast on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:26 pm

A voter casts her ballot at a polling site for Georgia's 2014 primary election in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

This election season is proving to be tough for Democrats, but many believe they can turn the red state of Georgia blue with the help of new voters.

One voter registration campaign led by the New Georgia Project, a "nonpartisan effort" according to its website, has targeted black, Latino and Asian-American residents.

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7:03pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Code Switch

Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:08 pm

Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.

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4:12am

Wed September 17, 2014
Code Switch

'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

In Metástasis, Diego Trujillo (center) plays Walter Blanco, a chemistry teacher who sells crystal meth with his former student José Miguel Rosas, played by Roberto Urbina.
Manuel Rodriguez UniMás

How do you remake the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad in Spanish?

Well, all you need — as the show's chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, Walter White, might say — is "a little tweak of chemistry."

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1:55pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Code Switch

To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:53 pm

Lindolfo Carballo, an immigrant from El Salvador, meets his son, Raynel, outside school. In El Salvador, he says, families often "teach their boys one thing and their girls differently." He's trying to set a different example for his children.
Sarah Tilotta for NPR

Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.

"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? I mean, in this country, we all think that Latin America, in general, is where machismo is promoted," Carballo says.

In many families in Latin America, he adds, "parents — fathers and even mothers — teach their kids that men are to be served by their sisters."

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9:59am

Sun August 24, 2014
Code Switch

50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S.

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 12:02 pm

Police officers struggle with a man dripping wet from the blast of a fire hose during rioting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1964.
Dozier Mobley AP

Fifty years ago this summer — a half-century before the protests in Ferguson, Mo. — riots broke out in seven cities in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania, sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.

In Philadelphia, the violence began after dark, in late August.

"It was a hot day and just wasn't too much activity in the hood, as they say," remembers Kenneth Salaam, who was 15 years old in 1964.

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10:59am

Thu August 14, 2014
Code Switch

Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant'

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:22 pm

People walk by a Barneys New York retail store in New York City.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.

WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."

The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as The Two-Way reported this week.

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4:04pm

Wed August 6, 2014
News

Uncertainty Stalls Recruiting Efforts For Deportation Relief

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:18 pm

A crowd waits in line to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles on the program's first day on Aug. 15, 2012.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Next week marks the second anniversary of the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It allows young immigrants — those who were brought to the U.S. illegally before turning 16 — to avoid deportation and get a work permit for two years.

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8:17am

Sat August 2, 2014
Code Switch

James Shigeta 'Led The Way' For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

Originally published on Sat August 2, 2014 6:36 pm

Hidenari Terasaki (James Shigeta) kisses the hand of his wife, Gwen (Carroll Baker), in the 1961 film Bridge to the Sun.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Getty Images

Actor James Shigeta had the looks, the talent — and the voice.

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7:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Sports

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:52 pm

A Washington Redskins helmet lies on the turf at the football team's training facility in Richmond, Va.
AP

Washington, D.C.'s football team has opened its training camp in Richmond, Va., just weeks after trademark registrations for its name were revoked.

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3:28am

Tue July 15, 2014
Code Switch

Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:39 am

The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, revives the comic book hero the Green Turtle.
Sonny Liew Courtesy of First Second Books

For the first time since the 1940s, the Green Turtle is returning to comic bookshelves. The long-forgotten character has been resurrected in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel about what many comic fans consider the first Asian-American superhero.

"He's like a classic, American World War II hero," says cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who collaborated with illustrator Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero.

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