The Life and Career of Wataru Misaka


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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11! Did you know that the first professional basketball player who broke the color barrier was of Asian descent? That’s right, it was Wataru “Wat” Misaka. He battled racism and discrimination to become a winner at the high school and college levels before getting a chance to play professional basketball. We start this episode by celebrating some accomplishments of NHL players of Asian descent. And we end the episode with a new segment… Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters. This time we talk about Collective Man, a character created by Marvel. If you want to learn more about Wat Misaka, then we recommend a great documentary by Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson called Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:25 Our Process and Recent Achievements of Asian American and Canadian NHL Player
  • 03:49 The Life and Career of Wataru “Wat” Misaka
  • 12:33 Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters, Collective Man

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