Simon Tam and The Slants

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Simon Tam
Guest Host Sarika Mehta interviews Simon Tam is the bassist of Portland's very own Chinatown dance rock band, The Slants. The band is beloved worldwide and has even gained recognition from younger audiences, survivors of Japanese internment camps and everyone in between! However, they are in the middle of a five-year lawsuit with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The band is made up of all Asian American members, yet the US Patent & Trademark Office claims their rejection on the basis of the band's name being racist. 

Host Sarika Mehta chats with Simon Tam about these issues and the language surrounding race and racism. This interview also features music by The Slants! More info at: http://www.theslants.com/

Tune in Tuesday, August 19 at 11am on Stage & Studio! 

**This interview intially aired on APA Compass.

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