Youth Power: Victory for Immigrant Students in New York City Public Schools
As immigrant communities across the country face increasing repression and deportation, we talk to an organizer from New York City's Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) about a recent victory they won that created the first Immigrant Safe Zone in a New York City public school. DRUM organizer ROKSANA MUN will be with us tonight to talk more about the Safe Zone and how DRUM plans on continuing this important work.
ROKSANA MUN is an organizer with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) in New York City.
"Beat" by Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down (More info...)
"Bag of Hammers" by Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down (More info...)
Earthquake in Sichuan, China
The devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China grabbed headlines around the world with stories of its impact on Chinese families. We talk tonight to Human Rights in China's executive director SHARON HOM about the government's response to the earthquake and its potential impact on the Olympics in China as well as other human rights issues raised by the many recent natural disasters in Asia.
SHARON K. HOM is executive director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), and professor of law emerita, City University of New York School of Law. Sharon has presented on a variety of human rights issues to diverse policymakers and has published extensively on Chinese legal reforms, trade, technology, and international human rights. Her work includes a significant focus on corporate social responsibility and has led HRIC in its consultations with a number of companies on methods for doing business and investing in China responsibly. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing from 1986 to 1988.
Hollywood Chinese: Arthur Dong's New Film
And we revisit an interview with ARTHUR DONG, the director of the new film Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films. The Chinese and Chinese Americans have been imagined in American cinema virtually from the dawn of Hollywood, though this has been a decidedly mixed blessing. Hollywood Chinese tells the story of infamous yellowface productions, from Fu Manchu through The Good Earth, but it also narrates the long history of Chinese American filmmaking, beginning with the first Chinese American feature film, produced in 1916.
ARTHUR DONG has been nominated for an Academy Award as well five Emmy awards for his documentary filmmaking. His 1989 film Forbidden City, U.S.A. explored the Chinese American nightclubs of 1940s San Francisco, and he has produced a trilogy of films on the conflict over gay life in America. Hollywood Chinese recently won the Golden Horse award for best documentary, the Chinese equivalent of the Oscars. The film opened at the Quad Cinema in New York on May 2 and will be playing there all this week. See www.deepfocusproductions.com for more.
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