Shows: June 3, 2008

Photo for 'Earthquake in Sichuan, China'
Shiho Fukada, NY Times

Youth Power: Victory for Immigrant Students in New York City Public Schools

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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.

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Earthquake in Sichuan, China

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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.

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Hollywood Chinese: Arthur Dong's New Film

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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.

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