Shows: April 1, 2008

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Ongoing Protests in Tibet

The protests among Tibetans in Tibet, Nepal, and parts of China have continued to escalate, with China claiming yesterday to have evidence that the Dalai Lama instigated the riots. Meanwhile, the Olympic torch has begun its journey around the world amidst controversy, and numerous advocates for a free Tibet have called for Western nations to boycott the opening ceremonies of the games this August. We will be joined by DONALD S. LOPEZ, a professor at the University of Michigan, for an analysis of the latest news from the region.

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Pakistan’s New Prime Minister and US Relations

Last week, Yousaf Raza Gillani was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan after months of delays in elections, political unrest and attacks on civilians. In one of his first moves as Prime Minister, he freed from house arrest the numerous judges who had been dismissed by President Musharraf last year. The elections have been widely seen as a victory of moderates over religious parties and a blow to Musharraf, who is a crucial ally in the US’s war on terror. We will speak with ZIA MIAN, a frequent commentator on international war and peace issues, on the US government’s role in the elections, its relationship with the new government, and how it will affect the war on terror.

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Authors Jaed Coffin and Kao Kalia Yang on Their New Memoirs

Six years ago, JAED MUNCHAROEN COFFIN, a half-Thai American writer, left New England to visit his mother's native village of Panomsarakram, Thailand. His book, A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, tells of his journey to reconnect to the religious and cultural practices of his grandfather and uncles by becoming a Buddhist monk. KAO KALIA YANG’s The Latehomecomer recounts the story of her Hmong family’s escape from Laos to Thailand, fleeing the North Vietnamese Army during the Secret War of Laos from 1960 to 1975; she offers a firsthand account of a journey made by thousands of Hmong families who escaped the war in Laos.

The two authors will be reading from their work this Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop in New York City.

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