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April 4: Comedian Eliot Chang

Free public performance will be followed by educational discussion.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-25-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Comedian Eliot Chang (pictured at right), 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. Thursday, April 4 at Minnesota State University, Mankato’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 free and open to students and the public. Free parking is available in all Gold Lots after 6:30 p.m. Parking is also available for a small fee in the pay lot. For additional parking information please visit

According to Chang’s website,, Chang’s “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour special was voted #2 in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown 2011. Other TV appearance include E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Showtime’s “Minority Report.”

The event is sponsored by the IMPACT Programming Board and Asian Pacific Student Organization. The IMPACT board, advised by staff in the Student Activities Office, plans events funded through student activity fees. For more information on this event or for further comments, please contact Bill Tourville at 507-389-6076 or email him at

According to Chang’s publicity materials:

Chang’s sharp biting opinions combined with his trademark polished wardrobe make Chang’s 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 1940’s
• Intra-racism: Asians hating Asians
• The importance of language & culture
• The “Wannabe” Syndrome: Asians denying Heritage

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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