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    Hollywood has offered up few Asian American stars. But one of its most well-known is a cartoon: Apu from The Simpsons. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian American character who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield and is known for the catch phrase "thank you, come again," has served as the animated series' running immigrant punchline for almost 30 years. "What bothered me about Apu is how he stood in for my parents, replacing their real stories and real struggles and their really complicated lives with an accent," says comedian Hari Kondabolu in his documentary The Problem with Apu, which airs Sunday on TruTV. Since there were so few Indian Americans