Jeff Chang examines the rise, fall and selling of multiculturalism

November 26, 2014 2:40 PM

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Jeff Chang remembers the first time he saw the comic strip Wee Pals and the jolt it gave his young mind. Right there, on the comics pages that were generally colorless even when they ran in full color, was an Asian-American face looking back at him.

"I could relate to it," he says by phone as he drives to a reading of his new book, "Who We Be: The Colorization of America" (St. Martin's, $32.99). "I thought, hey, I'm on the funny pages."

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