Picks and Pans Review: Searching for Asian America

updated 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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This worthy but uneven special, hosted by the Today show's Ann Curry, offers three widely different slices of Asian-American life.

A look at Gary Locke, the Chinese-American governor of Washington State, is informative but incomplete. After much talk of Locke's political future, his decision not to run for reelection this year gets only a hasty postscript. The profile of Korean-American cartoonist Lela Lee, creator of the Web comic Angry Little Girls!, is better at promoting her work than revealing her personality.

The middle segment, however, is a more intimate and perceptive portrait of Jeffrey Lim and Martin Bautista, two Filipino doctors and longtime friends who take divergent professional and personal paths in a small Oklahoma town.


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